24th Annual Meeting & Conference - 2018

St. Louis, Missouri

ASBA’s 24th Annual Meeting and Conference takes us to St. Louis, Missouri: a city of history, art, architecture, and home to the Missouri Botanical Garden-one of the world’s top botanical gardens. Founded in 1859, it is the nation's oldest continuously-operating botanical garden and a National Historic Landmark. It offers 79 acres of horticultural displays, including a 14-acre Japanese garden; the Climatron®, the first geodesic dome to be used as a conservatory which houses 1,400 tropical species; the Linnaean House’s camellia, citrus and desert collections; the Temperate House of Mediterranean plants, English Woodland Garden; the Center for Home Gardening; and a variety of internationally-themed and specimen gardens. More than 51,000 plants in the Missouri Botanical Garden’s live collection await you. 
Come early or stay late! 
Take A Pre- and Post-Conference Workshop or tour in and around St. Louis
Two renowned botanical watercolor artists will offer exciting two-day pre-conference workshop opportunities: Margaret Best will teach watercolor basics for beginners as well as for more experienced artists who want to refresh their skills. Martin Allen will teach experienced artists to achieve more accurate color, followed by techniques required to make images look more realistic. Stay for the chance to spend three days with master artist Lizzie Sanders, coming from Scotland to share her celebrated watercolor technique in a post-conference class. 
A city tour of St. Louis planned for Wednesday will include landmarks that make "The Gateway City" a popular tourism destination. Some are well-known, like the 625-foot-high Gateway Arch, Anheuser Busch Brewery, and Clydesdales. Lesser known gems include the world’s largest glass mosaic installation in the Cathedral Basilica, Tiffany glass installations in Union Station’s Grand Hall, and the Art Deco Jewel Box Conservatory in Forest Park. If unwinding on your own in a natural setting appeals to you, Missouri’s natural beauty, with the Ozark National Scenic Riverways National Park, Shaw Nature Reserve, and many unique state parks within a few hours’ drive of the city beckon you to explore. And it will be the midst of Octoberfest, so the area’s many established vineyards and wineries, some dating back to the region’s early French and German settlers, will eagerly welcome you for a tasting.
Click on the Gateway Arch below to view a slide show of St. Louis highlights:
St. Louis, Missouri
October 11 - 13
Hilton St. Louis Frontenac
1335 South Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63131
Telephone:  314.993.1100
Located next to Plaza Frontenac (famous for its dining, shopping, and entertainment options) The Hilton St. Louis Frontenac provides complimentary airport transportation and free parking. Room rates are $139 per night plus applicable taxes. This rate applies to stays from October 7 through 16, 2018.
For reservations call 1.800.325.7800 and refer to the group, “American Society of Botanical Artists.” For online reservations go to www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/STLFHHF-ASBA-20181007/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
If you have problems or questions about your hotel reservation, contact Rose Ann Gruchala, Conference Services Manager, Hilton St. Louis Frontenac at 314.824.6045 or email her at RoseAnn.Gruchala@Hilton.com.
Wish to share expenses? Betsy Rogers-Knox (brogersknox@gmail.com) has agreed to be roommate coordinator for the conference again this year. Having a roommate is a great way to share expenses and fun, especially if this is your first conference. If you have already reserved a room and would like to share with another member, please let Betsy know.
Please advise the hotel directly (and at least two weeks before the conference) of any special dietary requirements or allergies you may have. It may not be possible to accommodate last-minute requests. 
The Hilton St. Louis Frontenac is a nine-mile drive from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. A complimentary Courtesy Bus between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and the hotel is available from 7am to 11pm. A taxi ride from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is about $30 (one way).

The hotel offers complimentary parking if you choose to drive to St. Louis.

William Cowley of London



Session Registration Required: 

Helen Allen

Helen is Principal of Chelsea School of Botanical Art based in the Chelsea Physic Garden, London. She manages the Transylvania Florilegium as well as teaching internationally and preparing paintings for archives and exhibitions. Her work is in the Hunt, at Kew and in other public and private collections.

Martin Allen

Martin is a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medallist, Emeritus Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, with paintings in the collection of the Hunt Institute and Shirley Sherwood. He has a degree in Environmental Horticulture and works in native plant conservation in the UK.

Anne Bebbington

Anne a botany tutor on the SBA’s Long Distance Learning Diploma is a founder member and past President of the Institute for Analytical Plant Illustration. She regularly gives talks and runs botanical workshops for Art Groups. Her book ‘Understanding the Flowering Plants’ was published in 2014.

Margaret Best

Margaret Best is a qualified art teacher with many years experience – the past twelve exclusively in botanical art. Her popular workshops and lectures have taken her to eight countries. Margaret’s paintings have been included in ten ASBA International exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions in South Africa, UK, USA and Canada. Her work can be found in the Hunt Institute, Kew Library, Florilegium of the Royal Sydney Botanical Gardens and private collections around the globe.

Mary Dillon

Mary Dillon is an award winning Irish botanical artist. Mary has recently joined the teaching team at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art in London. Mary finds teaching botanical art the perfect opportunity to bring together her three passions of painting, plants and working with people.

Shevaun Doherty

Shevaun Doherty is an award winning Irish artist and vellum tutor for the SBA, exhibiting regularly in Ireland and internationally. She is passionate about using her art to raise awareness, and recently designed a set of Irish postage stamps featuring bees.

Bonnie Driggers

Bonnie’s experience as an English teacher, writer, editor, and publications manager enabled her to guide development of the BAEE book. Her paintings of native plants have been in juried national and international shows. A long-time ASBA member, she now serves on the Board of Directors.

Jean Emmons

An avid gardener, Jean Emmons has 2 gold medals and “Best Painting of Show” (London, 2011) from the Royal Horticultural Society and the ASBA 2005 Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art.

Akiko Enokido

Akiko completed the certificate course at the New York Botanical Garden in 2004. Her artworks have been shown in International Exhibition at Hunt institution, ASBA annual and Triennial exhibitions, and the London Royal Horticultural Society show in 2016, for which she was awarded a Gold Medal.

Sharon Field

After careers as a secondary school teacher, working in Australia's aid program in the Pacific and Africa, and the Australian civil service, Sharon Field began full time painting in 2008. She lives in the Australian bush, loves working in graphite and watercolor, and is interested in botanical art as it relates to environmental issues.  Sharon’s work appears in the Out of the Woods exhibition.

Susan T. Fisher

Susan T. Fisher is the former Coordinator for the Botanical Art and Illustration Program at Denver Botanic Gardens. She is also the former Director of the Art Institute at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Susan is a past president and former member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists. 
Her illustrations and sculptures appear in numerous periodicals, books, florilegia, private collections and national exhibits including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

Lara Call Gastinger

Lara Call Gastinger is a botanical artist and illustrator for the Flora of Virginia Project. She was awarded a gold medal at the RHS show in London and her work has been in numerous ASBA traveling exhibits and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

Wendy Hollender

Wendy Hollender is a botanical artist, author, and instructor. Hollender’s illustrations have been published extensively in premier publications around the world. Her work has been part of world wide exhibitions including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Hollender has published three books and has received several medals for her latest book.

Vincent Jeannerot

Vincent  Jeannerot was born in Lyon, France, and studied at the National School of Fine Arts of Lyon. He is a member of “La Maison des Artistes”, American Society of Botanical Artists, French Society of Botanical Illustration, and Society of French Watercolor. He has exhibited in Paris, London, Melbourne and Moscow and he runs international workshops in USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Italy, Russia, and Japan. He has published books and exhibits in his own permanent gallery in Lyon.

Robin Jess

Robin Jess is the former Executive Director of ASBA. She is fluent in graphite, watercolor, pen and ink, and etching and is the Coordinator of The New York Botanical Garden’s Botanical Art and Illustration Program.

Patricia Jonas

Patricia Jonas is American Society of Botanical Artists exhibitions committee chair, former board member, and recipient of the James White Service Award for Dedication to Botanical Art. She has been a juror for ASBA Annual International exhibitions and for Filoli, and was curator of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium. She was also curator of "Drawing from Life: Maud H. Purdy and 90 Years of Women Artists at Brooklyn Botanic Garden,” and author of the accompanying exhibition catalog. She has been author and editor of ASBA exhibition catalogs, and was one of the authors of the recent Plant: Exploring the Botanical World. Among her other writing credits was the weekly gardening advice for the "Cuttings" column in the New York Times.

Martha Kemp

Martha Kemp is a self-taught artist who specializes in using graphite pencil for detailed botanical drawings. She is the recipient of the ASBA Bouchier Award (1999), five Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals and two “Best Drawing in Show” awards at the ASBA/HSNY Annual Exhibitions.

Heeyoung Kim

Wildflower painter, Heeyoung Kim, is founder of a botanical art program at Brushwoood Center in Chicago area, and has been actively exhibiting with her students. She is the recipient of Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art in 2012.  

Karen Kluglein

Karen Kluglein was a freelance illustrator before concentrating on botanical art. She exhibits regularly with the ASBA and won the ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art in 2010. Her work is in many private collections and is licensed with Caspari Inc.

Libby Kyer

Libby creates artworks reflecting her love of realism, believing humans are hardwired to create order from chaos. Her works are in numerous art and science publications including her volume Today’s Botanical Artists, and in private, corporate and museum collections. She delights in teaching botanical art.

Eileen Malone-Brown

Eileen Malone-Brown received her Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2010. She is the President of BAEE, and a member of ASBA and BASNCR. Her work has been shown at Monticello's Jefferson Library; the Delaware Art Museum; the Garden Museum in London, England; and in ASBA’s America’s Flora exhibition, at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.

Robert McNeill

Robert McNeill is an award-winning international botanical artist renowned for his exceptional use of light and rigorous attention to detail. He has work in the collections of Dr Shirley Sherwood and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Illustration.

Kathie Miranda

Kathie Miranda is an award-winning artist, juror and educator of botanical art. She teaches at The Art Students League in New York City and art institutions around the US. She is an active member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and the Connecticut Watercolor Society.

Rhonda Nass

My high school art teacher's declaration "You could never be an artist" catapulted me into the field of art, initially with a UW-Madison art degree producing commercial illustration, currently through botanical works (primarily) for museums, private commissions, exhibitions, publications, and for national workshop instruction.

John Pastoriza-Piñol

John is a contemporary botanical artist based in Melbourne Australia and very much a neo-conservative, a rebel who believes in the unique understanding that is born of the relationship between eye and hand, between sense and thought. Being a recipient of many awards and accolades has afforded him international recognition as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary botanical artists. John was the recipient of the American Society of Botanical Art Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art in 2013.

Rose Pellicano

Rose Pellicano has participated in many ASBA International Exhibitions and the Royal Horticultural Society. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute. A member of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegium Society , her work has appeared in magazines and the publications, Todays Botanical Artists and Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.

Kandy Vermeer Phillips

Kandy Vermeer Phillips enjoys the precision of silverpoint useful for depicting illustrations of plants from herbarium sheets. She believes that silverpoint’s natural tendency to develop a patina over time provides a metaphor for a plant’s evolving environmental status. Her work is in the collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

Betsy Rogers-Knox

Betsy earned a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from The NYBG and is enchanted by the full lifecycle of plants. Her work has been shown widely in the US including the 13th-20th ASBA International Exhibitions, Out of the Woods Exhibition and the RHS Exhibit in London in 2016.

Lizzie Sanders

Lizzie teaches on the RBGE Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration in Edinburgh. She has won three RHS gold medals. in 2004, ASBA honored her with the Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art. Her work is held in the Hunt Institute, the RHS Lindley Library, and the Shirley Sherwood Collection. She has two pieces in the Highgrove Florilegium.

Margaret Saylor

Margaret Saylor loves to paint and draw fungi, especially that found in her native Pennsylvania woodland. Margaret teaches mushroom painting workshops using wild and cultivated specimens. She is the editor/designer of The Botanical Artist, ASBA’s quarterly journal

Deborah Shaw

Deborah Shaw has a degree in fine art as well as studying botany, native California flora and scientific illustration. Ms. Shaw is a member of ASBA, two ASBA chapters, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She teaches botanical art, and taught illustration, design and information design at UC Irvine Extension, where she was recipient of the "Distinguished Instructor" award. Deborah's work is in the permanent collection at the Hunt and in private collections. Her preferred media include graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, scratchboard, Illustrator and Photoshop.

Fiona Strickland

Fiona Strickland is recognized as a leading international multi award winning contemporary botanical artist, highly respected within the genre, Fiona studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art. An RHS Gold Medalist, her botanical work is held in many prestigious collections.

Carol Woodin

Specializing in watercolor on vellum, Carol Woodin’s work has been exhibited around the world. Recipient of the 1998 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art, and an RHS Gold Medal, she served on the Board of ASBA, and is now its Director of Exhibitions.
Conference Fee: 
Registration Deadline: 
Fee Includes: 

Most meals are covered by the conference fee including breakfast and lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and the Saturday evening banquet. Light refreshments will be served at the Welcome Reception on Wednesday and the Out of the Woods Reception on Thursday. Many activities are free, including Portfolio Sharing, Juror Training, Open Studio, Beyond the Studio, Beyond Accuracy presentation, and many of the lectures.

How to Register: 
We are using a new online registration process this year. Here are some tips for a successful registration experience.
•Use the Registration Form in the pullout section of the June issue of The Botanical Artist Journal to plan your conference schedule, filling in first choices and alternate choices for workshops and events. 
•During the month of June, you will receive an ASBA email through Constant Contact. The email will contain instructions on how to access the Appointment Request site to indicate interest in Early Registration. 
•If you use the Appointment Request site to indicate your interest in Early Registration, you will receive an ASBA email through Constant Contact on July 7. The email will contain your randomly assigned appointment time for Early Registration. (Appointment times will be scheduled in 10-minute allotments on July 21, 22, or 23.)
•Shortly before your appointment time on July 21, 22 or 23, 2018, you will receive an email containing a link and password to access the Conference Registration site.
•You must register during your assigned registration appointment time. 
•Be ready with your Registration Form and your credit card before registering. 
•If for some reason your assigned appointment time is not convenient, you are encouraged to give your Registration Form and credit card info to a friend who can register for you.
•To keep the process fair, randomly assigned appointment times may not be changed. Those who miss their Early Registration appointment times will be able to register during the Open Registration period.
•Members who do not participate in Early Registration may register in the Open Registration period beginning July 28 without an appointment time.  
•Registration closes August 31, 2018.
1. Use the online registration process above: Register and pay with a credit card (MC/Visa). Nearly 100% of registrants used the online registration website last year. Changes have been made to improve the registration experience. Detailed instructions on the registration process will be sent to you through our Constant Contact monthly email newsletter Highlights. (Please note: if you have unsubscribed from ASBA emails, you will not receive these important emails. Contact Leanne Kershaw for assistance in re-subscribing: memberservices@asba-art.org). 
Please be sure that your membership is up to date (2018 dues paid) in advance of registering or you will not receive email notifications regarding conference registration. 
2. By mail: Clip, copy, or download the Registration Form from the June issue of The Botanical Artist Journal. Complete form and mail with your check payable to ASBA to: ASBA 24th Annual Meeting, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126.
You may register online or by mail. Mail-in registrations will be processed when received, not according to postmark date. Mail-ins postmarked prior to opening day of registration (July 21) will not be processed until after July 21. 
Confirmation: Sent via email to those registering online; by US Postal Service to those registering by mail only if an email address is not provided. 
Email is the best way to get questions answered quickly. If you have questions: regarding selection of classes, email annualmeeting@asba-art.org; regarding a change in your registration, email conf.registration@asba-art.org or contact the ASBA office at 1.866.691.9080.
1. Current ASBA membership is required for registration. Please be sure that your membership dues are paid well in advance of July 21, 2018, when registration opens or you will not receive email notifications about conference registration details.
2. The ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference is a three-day event. Partial registration is not available. 
3. Registration Fee:  $395
4. Registration Deadline: 
Registration is closed as of August 31, 2018. No registrations are accepted after that time, no exceptions. 
5. Refund and Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation on or before August 12, 2018 - $75 fee. All workshop fees refunded. Cancellation after August 12 through August 21, 2018- $150 fee plus 20% of workshop fees will be refunded. Cancellation after August 21 through August 31, 2018 - $200 fee plus 50% of workshop fees will be refunded. 
Cancellation Pre-and Post-Conference Workshops on or before August 12, 2018 – 50% of fee. Pre- and Post-Conference Workshop cancellation after August 12, 2018 – no refund. 
No refunds of registration fee or workshops dropped after August 31, 2018. 
Health emergency or death in the immediate family: Refunds will be the same as above except cancellation on or after October 1 through October 10, 2018, $200 of the basic registration fee and 50% of all other fees will be refunded to the registrant. If a guest cancels due to health emergency or death in the immediate family on or after October 1, 2018, 75% of guest meal fees and 50% of any other fees will be refunded. 
ASBA reserves the right to cancel any workshop that does not meet a minimum registration, and to substitute an instructor in the event that the scheduled instructor is unable to fulfill the teaching obligation. 
6. Hilton St. Louis Frontenac - See the information under Hotel Information for details. Cancellation of hotel reservations is the responsibility of the registrant. You must ask for the American Society of Botanical Artists block to receive the conference rate. The ASBA block rate is good if booked by September 16, 2018. After that, the discount rate will no longer be available. If you stay somewhere other than the hotel, ASBA is not responsible for your hotel arrangements nor for transportation to/from your hotel

The Art Bazaar on Saturday evening before the banquet gives you the options to donate, sell your items, and snatch up new treasures. All are opportunities for you to benefit while supporting ASBA’s mission. Check out the Conference website for more information. Sign up to sell your artwork at the Art Bazaar (you must agree to donate 30% of your sale proceeds to ASBA).
William Cowley of London will be selling vellum at the conference with a percentage being donated back to the ASBA. The more you buy, the bigger the donation!