20th Annual International

American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York
November 09 – December 21, 2017
  • Quince in Spring and Autumn Watercolor on paper ©Alexandra Negoita

20th Anniversary Annual International artworks selected.

We are happy to announce that the jury team of Susan Fraser, David Horak, and Esther Klahne met in May at The New York Botanical Garden to choose forty-six works from a competitive field of  submissions. We are happy to announce the names of included artists, who are from the US, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Slovenia, and the UK:
Click on The Artists tab above to see the names of included artists.
This exhibition showcases some of the best botanical artwork from emerging and well-known artists around the world. A catalog will be published and available on this website.
For further information please contact exhibitions@asba-art.org
ASBA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The New York Design Center in hosting this 20th Anniversary exhibition and reception.


New York Design Center
200 Lexington Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY  10016
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm



Susan Fraser
Director, Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
David Horak
Curator of the Aquatic House
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Esther Klahne
Botanical Artist


Autumn’s Fading Plants

Instructor: Julia Trickey
One day workshop 
Thursday, November 9, 2017, 10am - 4pm (Classroom opens at 9:30am)
THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.  If you'd like to be put on a waiting list please email exhibitions@asba-art.org
Fee: $100
Location: New York Botanical Garden Mid-town Center, 20 W. 44th St., New York, NY
Description: Using fading flowers and autumn leaves as the subject focus for this workshop, Julia will introduce you to her favourite watercolor technique - wet-in-wet - and demonstrate its use at the initial stages of any botanical painting. She will share ideas and approaches to bringing these subjects to life: How to make autumn leaves glow and how to capture the translucent fragility of fading flowers. The workshop will be delivered through visual presentations, discussion, demonstration and plenty of one to one instruction. 
Instructor bio: UK-based artist Julia Trickey loves depicting the detail of nature. She is particularly drawn to specimens that are less than perfect, such as autumn leaves, fading flowers and seed heads, often painting them larger than life. Julia has been painting botanical watercolors since 1998, with four Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals and many other awards to her name. Her work is held in the collections of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Shirley Sherwood, PhD, OBE, and the RHS Lindley Library. She teaches classes in the beautiful, historic city of Bath and beyond and has produced leaflets, articles and video tutorials on botanical painting.
Maximum class size: 12 students
(L) ©Julia Trickey Enduring Elegance - Fading Red Anemone Flower, watercolor on paper 
(R) ©Julia Trickey, Autumnal Oak Leaf, watercolor on paper
Congratulations to the following artists!
Click on the artists' names below to read the artists' stories behind each piece.


The Hort’s Best in Show Award of $500: Mariko Ikeda (Screw Pine)

ASBA Eleanor Wunderlich Award of $500: Annie Patterson (Cardoon Seedhead)

Helen Gray Garber Award of $500: Monika deVries Gohlke ('Blackcurrant Swirl’ Datura)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Award for Print or Drawing of $250: Martha Kemp (Ornamental Gourd 2)

Richmond and Lili Bates Award for Excellence of $300: Linda Medved Lufkin (Sunflower x 2)
In recognition of an Artist by a Fellow Artist

Honorable Mentions (4):

Olga Ryabtsova (Bird of Paradise)

Liz Shippam (Merryweather Damsons)

Mitsuko Schultz (Pink Peony)

Tammy McEntee (Shenot Crown of Thorns Gourd)

Calls for Entries

Call for Entries: ASBA 20th Annual International

American Society of Botanical Artists and the Horticultural Society of New York


NOTE: This Call for Entry is now CLOSED.

This exhibition promises an unparalleled opportunity to showcase the best contemporary botanical art has to offer.

Online Entry available, see instructions in Submission Details below or mail your entry using the downloadable entry form.



November 8 - December 21, 2017

Submission Deadline

May 26, 2017


New York Design Center
200 Lexington Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10016 USA


Open to all ASBA members in good standing (dues paid), worldwide.


Botanical specimens. Work may have appeared in regional exhibitions, but should not have been shown in another international juried exhibition of ASBA.

Media Accepted:

Two-dimensional original botanical art. No photography, no digitally generated work, and no three-dimensional work will be accepted.


$35 for first entry, $10 each additional entry, up to three entries


Number artworks per entry: 3
Images must be digital files only, 300 dpi X 8” high, tif or jpg, individual files labeled with artist’s name and image title. On Line Submission: Artists may enter and submit payment online, then email image(s). Please see website at:  https://www.asba-art.org/information/enter-online  Mail Submission: Submit digital files: 300 dpi, image 8” high, tif or jpg files, on CD labeled with marker only with artist’s name and artwork(s) title(s). CD will not be returned. Send check or pay via PayPal.com in US$, payable to ASBA, completed entry form (found on website), and one to three images on CD to: American Society of Botanical Artists, ATTN: Carol Woodin, The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Framed size limit 40” x 48”, either horizontal or vertical. Accepted artists will be notified of framing requirements.


Susan Fraser, Director, Mertz Library, The New York Botanical Garden; David Horak, Curator of the Aquatic House, Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Esther Klahne, Botanical Artist
Acceptances and regrets will be sent by June 30, 2017 by email.
Shipping Insurance
Details will be provided to accepted artists but delivery to NYC will occur sometime in the month of October, 2017. Artists are responsible for shipping and insurance to and from the exhibition.
Hanging Rights
The ASBA retains the right to refuse to hang work when received if framing is inadequate, the work is shipped in Styrofoam peanuts, or the quality of the artwork differs greatly from that represented by the submission materials.
Sale of Works
Artworks must be for sale and may not be removed until the close of exhibition.
The Hort’s Best in Show Award of $500; ASBA Eleanor Wunderlich Award of $500; Helen Gray Garber Award of $500; Brooklyn Botanic Garden Award for Print or Drawing of $250
Publicity and Catalog
If accepted, your images may be used in publicity for the exhibition. With appropriate funding, a catalog will be prepared using the images you provide for jurors. If significant pre-publication digital corrections are needed for your digital image(s), a fee of $75 will be levied.
Carol Woodin, Director of Exhibitions, email: exhibitions@asba-art.org, phone: 866-691-9080
If accepted, artist insures that artwork(s) will be available for display. If artist withdraws artwork before exhibition, artist will not be eligible to show at any ASBA exhibition for the subsequent two years.

20th Annual Internation Opening Reception at the New York Design Center