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Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature

Selby Gardens’ 2023 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition

On view February 12 through June 25, 2023 

Downtown Sarasota campus

Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature marks the seventh installment in Selby Gardens’ annual Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, which examines major artists through the lens of their connection to nature. The 2023 Exhibition celebrates the masterful artistry of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). One of the most influential American artists and designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Tiffany described his lifelong goal as “the pursuit of beauty,” and he believed that inspiration for art and design should be found in nature. In the first exhibition of its type to be presented in a botanical garden, Selby Gardens has showcased Tiffany’s creativity and innovation by highlighting the connection between his art and the natural world. His celebrated stained-glass windows and lamps have inspired stunning horticultural displays in the Tropical Conservatory and throughout the Gardens, while outstanding examples of Tiffany’s work in various media, on generous loan from a private collection, are on view in the Museum of Botany & the Arts.

Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature is on view from February 12 through June 25, 2023.

Access to the exhibition is included with admission to Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus.

Exhibition Guide

View the Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature Visitors Guide for an exhibition map and to learn more about what is on display.

“Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature” 

Exhibition Programming

Historical Briefing: The Palmer Family’s Love of Tiffany


April 19
12 – 1 p.m.
Virtual lecture

Decades before she discovered Sarasota, Bertha Palmer was known for her Gilded Age jewels, purchased from the shops of Tiffany and Company in New York, London, and Paris. In the 1920s, Bertha’s sons commissioned Louis Comfort Tiffany to adorn the lobby of the Palmer House Hotel with magnificent gilt bronze sculptures, delighting guests from around the world. In celebration of Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature, John McCarthy, our vice president for regional history, will explore the connections between the Tiffany and Palmer families. Please join us for this fascinating and photo-filled virtual presentation.

Nadia Watts

Exhibition Evenings


Featuring The Sarasota Ballet and concert harpist Tasha Robinson!

April 4, May 17
5 – 8 p.m.
Downtown Sarasota campus

The Exhibition Evenings series invites guests to build a deeper understanding of our spring Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibitions. Exhibition Evenings include after-hours access to the exhibition, plus a reception and a performance by a leading Sarasota performing arts organization on the terrace or inside of the Selby Gardens Event Center.

Nadia Watts

Family Saturdays


April 15, May 6
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Downtown Sarasota campus

Make-and-take art activities that connect with “Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature” will be offered in the Children’s Rainforest Garden at our Downtown Sarasota campus. Family Saturdays are free for members and included with general admission.

Nadia Watts

Exhibition Images

Plan Your Visit


  • Complimentary valet parking is available on Palm Avenue in front of the Welcome Center on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Several off-site parking options on-street and in parking lots are available to the north and south of our campus:
    • Selby Gardens’ Overflow Parking Lot: 740 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 (within a short walk)
    • Suncoast Blood Center: 1760 Mound St., Sarasota, FL 34236 (spaces 1-30 only – within a short walk)
    • Senior Friendship Center: 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236 (weekends only – within a short walk)

Handicap accessible parking:

  • On-site handicap parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Your handicap decal or placard must be visible.
  • If handicap parking and the valet parking lot are full when you arrive, you may drop off your guests in front of the Welcome Center and proceed to one of the off-site parking locations.
  • Wheelchairs are available in the Welcome Center on a first-come, first-served basis.