© 2013 Joan McGann, Arizona Barrel Cactus (detail)

© 2013 Joan McGann, Arizona Barrel Cactus (detail)

A groundbreaking collaboration between botanical artists, organizations, and institutions worldwide, creating and exhibiting botanical artworks of native plants found in each participating country.

Aloe nubigena, a native plant of South Africa, watercolor on paper, ©Gillian Condy

Botanical art is undergoing a worldwide renaissance, a movement that includes thousands of artists active in every corner of the globe. For this project, artists are working to document wild plants where they live to create a record of today’s botanical diversity. These artworks will be submitted for juried exhibitions in each participating country, on view in 2018.

British botanical artist Sarah Morrish, studying native bluebells. Photo courtesy Sarah Morrish.

British botanical artist Sarah Morrish, studying native bluebells. Photo courtesy Sarah Morrish.

This worldwide exhibition and its events will bring together institutions, organizations, artists, and the public to call attention to the importance of conserving our botanical diversity. Currently twenty countries are participating, representing artists and plants of six continents. Each country boasts unique habitats and plants that are common, rare, or threatened.

Penstemon species in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada. Photo: © Ian Wilson

Penstemon species in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada. Photo: © Ian Wilson

Participating countries will provide digital slide shows of up to forty works, to be compiled with all other countries’ images and shown at each venue during the run of each exhibition. Opening events, lectures, demonstrations, webinars, workshops and other events will be held and some shared online, so visitors can learn more about contemporary botanical art and the earth’s floristic regions and botanical wealth.

Worldwide Day of Botanical Art, May 18, 2018

Although each country’s exhibition will have its own opening and closing dates, all exhibitions will be on view on May 18, 2018, and each will have events scheduled to celebrate this historic project.

Cheonggaecheon Museum. Exhibition of the Korean Society of Botanical Illustrators, The World of Botanical Art, A Collaboration of Art and Science. Courtesy Jee-Yeon Koo.

Cheonggaecheon Museum. Exhibition of the Korean Society of Botanical Illustrators, The World of Botanical Art, A Collaboration of Art and Science. Courtesy Jee-Yeon Koo.