America’s Flora

About this Exhibition

Opening in May of 2018, the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) will present a juried exhibition of artworks of native plants, in collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden, and staged in its glorious gallery space in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will include 46 original contemporary botanical artworks, juried in by Susan Pell and William McLaughlin from the US Botanic Garden, and Susan T. Fisher andPatricia Jonas from ASBA.  Slated to remain on view at the U.S. Botanic Garden through October, 2018, the exhibition will then travel through the end of 2019.  U.S. Botanic Garden and ASBA will work together to develop interpretive materials for the exhibition. A catalog of the exhibition will be published. For full information, go to ASBA’s website at: http://asba-art.org/exhibitions/botanical-art-worldwide


artwork

The Saguaro is an iconic plant of the southwest, and is one of thousands of plant species native to the U.S. This cactus occurs in Arizona and southern California and straddles the border into Mexico. The artist, Joan McGann, lives in Arizona and has depicted many species of Cactus, in pen and ink, sometimes combined with colored pencil or watercolor.

Saguaro, Carnegiea gigantea, ink and watercolor on paper, 18” x 12"  ©Joan McGann

Saguaro, Carnegiea gigantea, ink and watercolor on paper, 18” x 12"  ©Joan McGann

Bigleaf Maple, Acer macrophyllum, watercolor on vellum, 26” x 19” ©Jean Emmons

Artist Carol Hamilton working on a field sketch of a native wood lily, Lilium philadelphicum, in Connecticut.

Jean Emmons’ glorious painting of bigleaf maple includes its fresh and dried samaras, and its flowers emerging just before its leaves. She shows its leaf in autumn in this lively composition on vellum. This maple is a western US native, favoring moist woods, forests and canyons, and it is the largest maple in North America, growing typically to 50’ high, but sometimes as tall as 80’. Its leaves, from which its name derives, are the largest of any North American maple as well, ranging from 4 - 10” in width.

 
Photo courtesy of Carol Hamilton

Photo courtesy of Carol Hamilton


Organizers

American Society of Botanical Artists and United States Botanic Garden

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Steering Committee

Patricia Jonas
Jody Williams
Carol Woodin


exhibition Venue

The U.S. Botanic Garden was established by the U.S. Congress in 1820 and has been open to the public since 1850. Its Lord & Burnham conservatory, constructed in 1933, displays changing collections of living plants from around the world, as well as exhibitions in its beautiful West and East Galleries.

 
U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory with view of the U.S. Capitol. Photo courtesy U.S. Botanic Garden

U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory with view of the U.S. Capitol. Photo courtesy U.S. Botanic Garden

Conservatory Garden Gourt U.S. Botanic Garden. Photo courtesy U.S. Botanic Garden

Conservatory Garden Gourt U.S. Botanic Garden. Photo courtesy U.S. Botanic Garden


Location

United States Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.

 

 

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