Healing Botanicals

Medicinal Plants : Gifts of Art Galleries at Michigan Medicine, running from September 7 to December 3, 2021. The gallery is located in the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Click to check out the full article



Peace River Sculpture and Botanical Garden



The Morton Arboretum - Find New Artwork Among the Trees in Our East Side Collections - October 2018 


Find New Artwork Among the Trees in Our East Side Collections

Each of these accredited collections is easily accessible via trail on the Arboretum's East Side. Stop along the trail to read informational signs, admire photographic installations by artist Laurie Tennent, or rest at unique seating areas inspired by each collection.


Oakland University - Hiberna Flores - Jan 7 - Feb 19, 2017

Featuring Laurie Tennent & installation by Lisa Waud, Flower House

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7 6-8PM

Artists' Talk & Catalog Launch: Sunday, February 12 2PM

" 'A rose is a rose is a rose…' Gertrude Stein’s semiotic-inflected phrase beautifully extrapolates on the fact that a flower is an indivisible aesthetic cul-de-sac, a fundamental adorable form. In winter, this intimates that the next best thing to a living rose is a picture of one. This exhibition embodies the idea of creating an overarching environment or an inclusive artistic synthesis through the work of artists Laurie Tennant and Lisa Waud. Using flowers as object and imitation, signified and signifier, life and art, the gallery becomes a place to contemplate the living and the dead and the interplay between the joy of existence and the grief of memorialization, which is in essence at the core of our preoccupation with the meaning of a photograph of the living, to inevitably become a remembrance of the once alive..."  -Dick Goody, Curator


Chicago Botanic Garden

More than 20 works by Tennent were featured at The Chicago Botanic Garden from April 18-September 25, 2016. To prepare for the show, the Detroit-based artist went to Chicago to work with botanists to add unusual specimens to her portfolio. Curated by Exhibitions Manager Gabriel Hutchinson, this is the first of a national tour of Tennent’s work, Botanicals: Intimate Portraits.









 Cranbrook House: 380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

Cranbrook House and Garden Auxiliary is proud to present an exhibition of Botanicals by renowned photographer Laurie Tennent. Her unique style captures several of the Cranbrook Gardens’ specimens in such exquisite detail that they blend seamlessly into the environment. Tennent’s artistic process allows spectators to almost believe they are back in the summer bloom of the gardens as they immerse themselves in the magnificence of each piece.The work is photographic polychrome on aluminum making it weather resistant; therefore at the Winter in Bloom fund raising cocktail event, several of Laurie’s works, which surround the exterior of the house, will be illuminated and visible to guests. Laurie will attend the event. The following day she will lead a close up tour and discuss her creative process at length.
Tennent, who has exhibited nationally and internationally, received her BFA in Photography from the College of Creative Studies, which began as the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts in 1906; Cranbrook founder George Booth was the Society’s first president.



Strength and Fragility. This duality is what my subject matter explores. My presentation is in line with traditional photography. However, degrees of ambiguity remain. Ambiguity in the choice of subject: flowers, fragile by nature, but whose strength of form creates the impression of a strong sensuality. Ambiguity in size: exaggerating delicate natural forms allows the spectator the opportunity to be confronted and submerged by the objects. Ambiguity in presentation: blurring the lines between painting and photography, I hope to take the viewer away from the constant digital noise in our environment to a serene and meditative space.


Botanicals has been exhibited in 2013 as an installation at Planterra Greenhouse, Artprize in the outdoor plaza of 5th 3rd Bank, in a one person show at The Robert Kidd Gallery and on the grounds of Cranbrook House and Gardens in Winter in Bloom. The Large Scale works on Polychrome Aluminum are created in an edition of 3 and can be displayed indoor or out.