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History of Botanical Art

History of Botanical Art In-Person

The History and Continuing Tradition of Botanical Art traces botanical art from its earliest use on tombs in 500 BC to the modern day.  This presentation is developed by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), an organization of individuals and institutions who share and interest and appreciation of the tradition and contemporary practice of botanical art.

Botanical art combines object and subject, art and science, and history with horticulture. Botanical subjects are depicted with keen observation, scientific accuracy, and a sophisticated sense of aesthetics. This program begins with relief carvings in Egypt, useful drawings found in early herbals, Renaissance still life paintings, and the innovation of printing that made botanical illustrations more widely available.  In recent years, there has been a revival of interest in botanical art.  We will look at several contemporary examples that follow the traditional definition while displaying strong composition and a crisp and confident style.  

Through the examples in this presentation, you will have an idea of the beauty and breadth of botanical art as a continuing tradition.

The American Society of Botanical Artists is an organization of over 1300 members from more than 20 different countries worldwide.  Its chapters and artist circles maintain active

exhibition schedules and provide opportunities for artists to meet and learn.

Photo credit:

Dianne McElwain.

Clematis, watercolor, 2006

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Time Zone:
Mountain Time - US & Canada
Wasson Board Room
Seph Reed
Janet Vetter
  Adults (18+)     Teens (13-17)  

Registration is required. There are 23 seats available.