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 approximately 45 original contemporary botanical artworks, juried from a field of over 200 entries. 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 including a call for entries, go to ASBA’s website at: http://asba-art.org/exhibitions/botanical-art-worldwide


artwork

The Arizona Barrel Cactus is one of thousands of plant species native to the U.S. This cactus occurs in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, and straddles the border into Mexico. Its spines protect the body of the plant from being eaten by animals, but they do eat its fruit and seeds. 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.

Arizona Barrel Cactus, Ferocactus wislizeni, Pen and ink, watercolor    ©Joan McGann

Wood Lily, Lilium philadelphicum var. philadelphicum, watercolor on paper ©Carol Hamilton

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

Wood lilies are beautiful and brilliantly colored native flowers that prefer meadows and woods' edges. Their range extends throughout the eastern U.S. westerly to Montana and Arizona, as well as throughout Canada.

 
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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