Past Exhibitions

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum hosts several special exhibitions every year, from breath-taking wildlife photography to artistic explorations of the natural world, inspired by the specimens in our collections.

Grahame Arnould: Turning Heads
November 17, 2016 – April 2, 2017
This exhibit highlighted the work of editorial cartoonist, Grahame Arnould. As an avid outdoorsman, Arnould’s work often focuses on biodiversity and threats to the environment. In the tradition of editorial cartooning, the works in this display attempted to raise awareness of these issues. Visitors could also get involved by writing their own caption for a funny gag cartoon.

From Meadows Woodlands Far and Near
March 10, 2016 – September 4, 2016

Featuring Brigitte Potter-Mael’s delicate watercolours and striking woodcuts, as well as Proverbial Botany, a collaborative piece with sound artist Andreas Kahre.

Finding Place: Collecting Home Through Field Journal Art
April 8, 2016 – August 28, 2016

Finding Place explores the intersection of art and science through detailed botanical field journals and paintings. Plant ecologist and artist, Lyn Baldwin, captures her home province of British Columbia in great detail while searching for what it means to belong to a place and find stories of home.

Whale Dreams
September 30, 2015 – February 14, 2016

Dive into the underwater world of whales with Colleen McLaughlin Barlow’s breathtaking paintings and extraordinary crystal sculptures of whale bones.

March 11, 2015 – September 6, 2015

Take a closer look at local insect life in this exhibition of photographs by Ian Lane. Discover how one man’s pastime became his passion, and explore how his images have contributed to science. 

Flathead En Plein Air
July 11, 2015 – October 12, 2015 

Admire 13 original paintings from the Flathead – a region that has been described as one of the most ecologically important places on the planet.

34 Wonders of the World
May 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Explore 34 biodiversity hotspots around the world through stunning images. 

Backyard Biodiversity
September 22, 2014 – February 15, 2015

Read, write, draw, and discover BC’s nature through the stories and illustrations. This interactive, hands-on exhibition features the work of the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC.  

The Herbarium Project
May 16, 2014 – August 24, 2014

Using specimens from the UBC Herbarium, Karen Yurkovich re-examines these taxonomically organized pieces of nature through their aesthetics, their symbolism, their mythologies, and their histories.

April 2, 2014 – July 27, 2014

Produced by a collection of artists for WWF-Canada and Science World British Columbia, Wondrous: The Forest and Sea of the Great Bear powerfully illustrates the relationship between the land and the ocean, forest and river, economy and ecology.

January 31, 2014 – April 20, 2014

This series of portraits is Dana Cromie’s reaction to the ongoing reduction by human activity of natural habitat. Cromie is the Artist in Residence, UBC Botanical Garden, 2012 – 2014.

Invisible Portraits
September 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Revealing the secret world of microbes through high-tech images of microbial life refashioned as metal sculpture, wood carvings, and large-scale portraiture by Kevin Carpenter, Erick James, and Patrick Keeling.

May 9, 2013 – August 25, 2013

Printmaker Edith Krause presents human-sized images of microscopic marine creatures to convey their ecological importance, reveal forms that are unfamiliar and fantastic, and make visible the invisible.

INVOKING VENUS, Feathers and Fashion
February 7, 2013 – May 5, 2013

An exhibition of photo-based images by Catherine Stewart and accessories from the clothing collections of Claus Jahnke and Ivan Sayers.


November 15, 2012 – February 3, 2013

Sea/Life is a series of stunning photographs of ocean inhabitants by Canadian photographer David Ellingsen and features specimens from the Museum’s Fish Collection.

Wider Symmetries
August 30, 2012 – November 12, 2012

An exquisite series of watercolour paintings and sketches of birds by New Zealand-born artist Lex Alfred Hedley.

July 26, 2012 – August 26, 2012

A dynamic showcase of artwork created at the Anomaly computer graphic artist workshop and inspired by our museum collections.

May 17, 2012 – July 22, 2012

To eat or be eaten? Through stunning photographs, internationally acclaimed nature photographer Brad Hill presents an intimate look at animals feasting in the wild.

March 6, 2012 – May 6, 2012

This photography exhibition celebrates the diverse interactions between organisms, the environment, and us.

October 22, 2011 – March 4, 2012

Bridging art and science, this series of 20 banners examines issues around biodiversity and sustainability through printmaking, drawing, painting, and digital imaging.

If you are interested in exhibiting your work at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, please Apply Now to fill out our Online Exhibition Proposal Form.