Media Advisory — Preview Exhibitions Featuring Augmented Reality and Studio Craft That Highlight the Beauty of Nature Through Botanically Inspired Sculptures

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Press preview for exhibitions “Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination” and “Michael Sherrill Retrospective”

Thursday, June 27
10 a.m. to noon
: 10 a.m.
Remarks: 10:30 a.m. 

Renwick Gallery
Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W.

Robyn Kennedy, chief administrator of the Renwick Gallery
Ginny Ruffner, artist
Michael Sherrill, artist

This summer, the Smithsonian American Art Museum presents two exhibitions that highlight the beauty of nature through botanically inspired sculptures. “Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination” turns the Renwick Gallery into a post-apocalyptic scene where, upon viewing her hand-blown glass-stump sculptures through an augmented reality lens, holograms of fictional flora sprout and transform the space into a thriving oasis. Visitors can download the free app Reforestation on their phones or use the iPads in the gallery to bring this second reality to life.

Michael Sherrill Retrospective,” organized by The Mint Museum, includes 73 objects from Sherrill’s earliest teapots and functional clay vessels to his recent mixed-media sculptures inspired by the landscape outside his studio in the mountains of North Carolina.

Both exhibitions will be on view from June 28 through Jan. 5, 2020.

Information about both exhibitions is available in online at

Interested media should RSVP to Photographers and film crews are welcome; contact the office in advance to make arrangements. Contact Taylor Dorn in advance at to request one-on-one interviews. 

About the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery is the home to one of the most significant and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Its artworks reveal America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. The Renwick Gallery, a branch museum dedicated to contemporary craft and decorative arts, is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W. The museum’s main building is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., above the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metrorail station. Both locations are closed temporarily as a public health precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Follow the museum on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Smithsonian information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website: