Exhibition closes on September 4

MIM’s special exhibition Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces closes on Monday, September 4, so there is still time to see some of the world’s most visually stunning instruments.

Before Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces closes, remember that this collection of extremely rare and striking instruments is only at MIM and may never again be on public display.

Presented in partnership with the Maryland-based inlay company Pearl Works, the special exhibition features a collection of instruments focused on the stunning designs created by the greatest contemporary North American inlay artists and luthiers.

The instruments on display are of limited edition or one-of-a-kind creations. If you haven’t yet seen Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces, some highlights you won’t want to miss include the complete series of eight PRS Dragon Guitars; the Martin D-100 Deluxe Guitar commemorating Martin Guitar’s milestone of making one million guitars; master inlay artist Larry Robinson’s Martin D-45 “Peacock” guitar; famous banjo maker Renée Karnes’s career masterpiece, the “Predator” banjo; inlay artist Harvey Leach’s “Edo” Guitar based on classic Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints from the Edo Period; and Carlos Santana’s original PRS guitar.

Throughout the exhibition’s run, there have been many special moments that celebrate the stories behind these works of art. For example, while exploring the exhibition, a woman from Toronto remembered the famous guitar maker Grit Laskin from her hometown and was surprised to see the very guitar she and her husband had modeled for years ago. MIM also hosted inlay artist Larry Robinson to discuss the most memorable inlay works of his forty-plus-year career.

MIM has been thrilled to share this collection of extraordinary inlaid masterpieces with thousands of guests who have marveled at the intricate details, listened to the insights and stories of the exceptional artists who work in this specialized field, and raved about this unique exhibition.

Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the imagination and artistry of these spectacular masterpieces in person. Tickets are $7 with museum admission and $10 for the exhibition only.


In partnership with

Sponsored by
Lorraine Lum Calbow


Supported by
Angelo and Micheline Addona, Richard and Babette Addona Burns, Carolyn and John Friedman, and Eugenie C. Trotter and Jack E. Watson