Annual Meeting & Conference

Pittsburgh Preview

September 23-25, 2010

Originally appeared in The Botanical Artist - Volume 16, Issue 1


The ASBA is excited to return to Pittsburgh in autumn, 2010 for our 16th Annual Meeting and Conference! Based at the comfortable and convenient Holiday Inn Select - University Center, with the Banquet and Silent Auction across the street at the historic Pittsburgh Athletic Association, we will be located in Pittsburgh’s Oakland area, a center of intellectual and cultural resources: 

Always a highlight of our Pittsburgh experience, this year’s reception at the Hunt Institute’s 13th International Exhibition, one of the world’s most prestigious presentations of contemporary botanical art, falls on Thursday evening, and is open to the artists, ASBA conference participants, and members of the Hunt Institute. The exhibition will be open for more leisurely perusal throughout the Conference, and plans are underway to provide opportunities to meet and greet the artists represented. It will be wonderful to share our love of botanical art with our colleagues from other countries: 

A few blocks away, the inspiration and beauty of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden is the site for several Conference activities. Phipps’ newest addition – The Tropical Forest Conservatory – currently features Headwaters of the Amazon, where you can journey to the birth place of the Amazon River and experience the exotic plants of the most diverse region on earth: www.phipps.conservatory. org. 

Other cultural offerings of Pittsburgh, including The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh are within walking distance from the hotel, making these easy destinations. 

Several field trips are anticipated to destinations of interest to botanical artists and representative of the diversity of art, culture and nature in the Pittsburgh region. 

The Conference will include many favorite activities that you have come to expect and enjoy. Participants are invited to bring their artworks to display during the portfolio-sharing session. Lectures, demonstrations and workshops presented by exceptional botanical artists and educators round out Conference activities. 

Pre- and post-conference workshops will be offered for those who want an in-depth learning experience. The closing Banquet and Silent Auction are great finales. All meeting and workshop details will be in the June issue of TBA and once again, our online registration website will be available in June. Please note that the June issue and the special ASBA registration website will be the only registration modes. 

The members of the Allegheny Highlands Chapter look forward to welcoming you to the 16th ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Pittsburgh this fall! 

  • Pittsburgh skyline from the river, where the Allegheny and the Monongahela meet to form the mighty Ohio. Pittsburgh is a city of bridges and boasts more spans than any city in the world.
  • The massively chandeliered ballroom of The Pittsburgh Athletic Association, venue for the 2010 Banquet and Silent Auction