REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished artist, there’s something for you at ASBA’s conference. You’ll be immersed in botanical art and leave with memories to inspire you for a long time to come. In addition to the three-day core conference, there are pre- and post-conference workshops providing in-depth study. This year’s conference will be held at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center. A few blocks away is the inspiration and beauty of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. A highlight of the Pittsburgh conference is the opening of the Hunt Institute’s 15th International Exhibition - one of the world’s most prestigious exhibitions of botanical art.
Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops
Come early or stay late! Two-day workshops preceding the conference are Extreme Detail on Kelmscott Vellum with legendary artist Jean Emmons and Creative Color Mixing with Scotland’s Fiona Strickland (Best in Show at ASBA’s 2015 Annual International). 2013 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art winner, John Pastoriza-Piñol, comes from Australia to share his exciting blend of scientific analysis and symbolic realism in watercolor. His three-day workshop is October 16, 17, 18.
Your Day-by-Day Conference Activities
We’ll kick off the conference with a Welcome Reception at the Wyndham Wednesday evening at 5:00. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. Meet up with old friends and make new ones as we begin a full schedule of activities.
Classes, Lectures, Trips and More!
On Thursday, October 13, the popular Portfolio Sharing will be held across the street at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association. Everyone, at every level, is invited to share what they’ve been working on throughout the year. You will be able to purchase original art, prints, and cards from the artists with 30% of sales contributed back to support ASBA programs. The Annual Meeting and Luncheon will catch you up on ASBA activities and will be followed by the Techniques Showcase featuring Nan Wiggins (Powdered Pigment), Kelly Leahy Radding (Casein), and Fiona Strickland (Watercolor). A hands-on class with Martha Kemp, Juror Training with Carol Woodin, a lecture on vellum with Jesse Meyer, and the Education Forum fill the day. Then it’s off to the Hunt for the evening opening of the highly anticipated 15th International Exhibition.
Friday and Saturday will include many hands-on classes, lectures, tours, and the Open Studio, where you can drop in throughout the day to watch free demonstrations by noted botanical artists, paint on your own, meet new friends, or just hang out. Visit Hunt Institute to see the International Exhibition again and enjoy Hunt’s special programs.
The Art Bazaar, which you all enjoyed so much last year, and the Awards Banquet when ASBA honors its members, are great finales to the conference.
Stay for Sunday’s International Congress of Botanical Art
and learn what botanical artists are doing around the world.
Please note that the Wyndham Hotel is filled
. You may wish to contact Betsy Rogers-Knox at firstname.lastname@example.org
, who is coordinating roommate requests to see if anyone wishes to share a room.
Other hotels nearby:
Hilton Garden Inn - the contact is Kathy Kolar. Her number is 412.688.1969
Hyatt House - 412.621.9900
Courtyard by Marriott - 412.683.3113
Conveniently located, the Wyndham Hotel makes your stay very affordable.
Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Rooms fill up quickly, so make your reservation ASAP. You can cancel a room reservation (as per Wyndham’s policy), but you can’t create a room if they are full. For reservations call 1.412.682.6200 to speak to a reservation expert. Please ask for the American Society of Botanical Artists block. To make online reservations, go to www.wyndham.com/47154 and use Group Code 10096841AS. Room rates are $141 per night plus applicable taxes. This rate applies for stays from October 9-19, 2016, and is good for reservations made through Sunday, September 18, 2016.
Wish to share expenses? Betsy Rogers-Knox has graciously agreed to be our roommate coordinator for the 2016 conference. You may contact her at email@example.com
Pittsburgh International Airport is 20 miles from our hotel
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Tuesday, Oct 11, 9am-4pm
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Thursday, Oct 13, 7am-8:30am
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Martin AllenMartin has been teaching and lecturing for over ten years, in watercolour, and mainly by discussing options for students to improve their work however they wish to do so. He is an RHS Gold Medallist, Emeritus Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, and trustee of the Association of Botanical Artists with paintings in the collection of the Hunt Institute and the Shirley Sherwood Collection. He works in UK native plant conservation, has a degree in Environmental Horticulture, and is currently writing a book about England's Ancient Grasslands.
Margaret BestAn art educator most of her life, Margaret Best has been dedicated to the practice and teaching of botanical art in graphite, coloured pencil and watercolour for the past twenty years in over ten countries. Margaret is well known for her extensive knowledge of colour and her excellent handout material for both in-person and online teaching. Most of her own artwork now reflects plant life in her home setting in Nova Scotia, Canada. She has also enjoyed painting a diverse range of plant subjects related to teaching travels to her home country South Africa also Bermuda, Italy and UK. Margaret’s work has been featured in numerous ASBA juried international exhibitions and is included in the Hunt Institute, RBG Sydney Florilegium and many private collections around the globe. To date, over 20 of her coin designs of Canadian flora have been selected by the Royal Canadian Mint. Margaret has authored numerous e-booklets on topics of technique and colour that have been well received by botanical artists in over 30 countries.
Lugene BrunoHunt Institute Curator of Art Lugene Bruno oversees the research of, access to, and exhibitions selected from a collection of over 31,000 botanical artworks. She offers talks on site and at conferences. She also is a practicing artist working in the mediums of photography and drawing.
Dorothy DePauloI have been using colored pencils as my primary media for over twenty years. I am a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. I have had work accepted in ASBA annual shows and at Filoli.
Gaynor DickesonGaynor Dickeson has RHS awards for watercolor and colored pencil work with pictures in collections worldwide, including the Hunt Institute. She has taught in several countries, and her online course is global. She is a fellow of the Chelsea Florilegium Society and a founding member of ABBA (Association of British Botanical Artists).
Shevaun DohertyShevaun Doherty is an Irish botanical and natural history artist painting in watercolour on paper and vellum. She is the current President of the Society of Botanical Artists. An award-winning artist, she regularly exhibits in Ireland and internationally. In 2020 her painting of Golden-eye lichen was exhibited at the National Gallery Ireland. She designs Flora and Fauna National postage stamps for An Post, recently completing her third set. Her bumblebee painting is the cover image for the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. She considers herself a visual storyteller, using her skills as botanical artist to raise awareness about endangered species and habitat loss.
Jean EmmonsAn avid gardener, Emmons has won two Gold Medals and "Best Painting of Show" from the Royal Horticultural Society, London. Also, the ASBA Founders Award for Excellence in Botanical Art. Recent awards include the Jurors' Award at the 20th Botanical Art Exhibition at Filoli and "Best in Show" at the ASBA's 21st International. Recent books featuring her work include Plant: The Art and Science of Botany by Phaidon Press, RHS Botanical Illustration, The Gold Medal Winners by Charlotte Brooks, The Shirley Sherwood Collection, Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art by Shirley Sherwood.
Lara Call GastingerLara Call Gastinger is an artist and botanical illustrator from Charlottesville, Virginia and was the chief illustrator of the Flora of Virginia, a botanical reference. She has her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in plant ecology from Virginia Tech. She has been awarded two gold medals (2007, 2018) at the Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art shows in London and her work is in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Her artwork appears in the latest Peterson's Field Guide to Mushrooms and ASBA's Botanical Art Techniques Handbook.
Robin JessRobin 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.
Martha KempMartha 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 KimKnown as a wildflower painter, Heeyoung Kim documents native plants of prairies and woodlands of Midwestern USA. Her works are identifiable by the precise depiction of the botanical aspects of the plant species in unique compositions. She won RHS gold medal, Best in Show of HSNY/ASBA, and Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art by ASBA, among others. Her works are in various collections including Transylvania Florilegium. Kim founded Heeyoung Kim Botanical Art Academy at Brushwood Center, Riverwoods, IL., and teaches the traditional art form in watercolor, crow quill pen and ink, and graphite pencil with the focus on the serious/professional development of individual student’s projects by providing in-depth instructions and feedback with continuation.
Kelly Leahy RaddingKelly Leahy Radding is a painter of contemporary naturalism. She delves into the natural world to find her subjects and explores alternate mediums, such as egg tempera, to tell their unique stories.
Robert McNeillRobert 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.
Robin MenardRobin Menard teaches Botanical Drawing I, II, III certificate core courses, and electives at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. In addition, she shares her love of botanical art and nature through school programs and public workshops in western Pennsylvania.
Jesse MeyerJesse Meyer comes from a family that has been involved in the animal hide and tanning industry for 500 years. He has been making parchment and vellum since graduating from college and constantly working on improving and understanding the product and process. He is current president of, and helps to run, Pergamena Parchments & Leathers in the Hudson Valley, NY area.
Kathie MirandaKathie 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.
Derek NormanBorn and educated in England, Derek Norman has received gold and silver gilt medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and is represented in the permanent collections of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society, the British Museum and the Library of Congress. He serves on the Executive Committee of the ASBA, and is the immediate past President of ASBA.
John Pastoriza-PiñolJohn is a contemporary artist based in Melbourne, Australia and very much a neo-conservative rebel as his practice departs from the precise discipline of Naturalism and continues to investigate not just pure dichotomies such as man and nature, science and art, but their complex and dynamic interrelationships.
Kandy Vermeer PhillipsKandy 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-KnoxBetsy earned a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from The NYBG and is enchanted by the full lifecycle of plants and their habitats. Her work has been shown widely in the US including the 13th-21st ASBA International Exhibitions, the NYBG Triennial , Out of the Woods, and the RHS Botanical Art Exhibit in London in 2016 and 2018 where she received the Judges Special Award for the educational and ecological value of the work. Her work is held in the collection at the RHS Lindley Library in London.
Carrie RoyHunt Institute Assistant Curator of Art Carrie Roy oversees the access to and research and exhibitions of a collection of over 31,000 artworks. She has worked as a curator, writer, and collections manager in a variety of art spaces in Pittsburgh and Colorado.
Margaret SaylorMushrooms and fungi have become Margaret Saylor's signature subject. Featured in watercolor, graphite, and egg tempera, Margaret forages in her native Berks County, Pennsylvania, or wherever she happens to be. Observation, good drawing skills, and enthusiasm are key to any botanical painting and Margaret conveys this to her students in a fun and engaging manner. For 10 years, she has taught both in person and now online for many venues, including public gardens, art institutes, and botanical art societies. She was awarded a certificate, with distinction, in botanical art from the New York Botanical Garden. Margaret exhibits her work but gets the most satisfaction from finding the perfect subject and painting it for the love of art.
Deborah ShawDeborah 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.
Heidi SnyderHeidi is a colored pencil artist with memberships in ASBA, RMSBA, GNSI, and a signature membership in CPSA. Attention to detail, awareness and conservation are intertwined for her. She participated in RARE, illustrated endangered species in Utah, and co-authored a book "Wild in the City".
Fiona StricklandFiona 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.
Dianne SutherlandDianne Sutherland is a British artist, originally trained in the Royal Doulton Design Studio. Working in Graphite and watercolour on paper and vellum. She holds a BSc in Biology, and enjoys combining science with art . Works held in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Sydney Florilegium. SBA Council member and Royal Horticultural Society exhibitor.
Charlotte TancinCharlotte Tancin is Librarian, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University. She is a longtime member and past officer of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries, a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and represents Hunt Institute in the Linnaeus Link project.
Catherine WattersCatherine has been teaching since 1999, venues include ASBA conferences and chapters, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, Wellesley College, and France. She was an instructor and curriculum developer for the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program for 20 years. Her teaching style is best summarized in this testimonial: “I enjoyed your gentle enthusiasm and kind attention, giving me such inspiration to pursue this precise art form” Catherine’s paintings are held in several collections including The Hunt Institute, Kew Gardens, The Paris Museum of Natural History. Notable Florilegia include The Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens; The Château de Brécy, France; The Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Alcatraz; Filoli and the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kauai. www.catherinewatters.com / Instagram: artdesfleurs
Nan WigginsNan Wiggins received her BFA in Illustration from the Cleveland Institute. An award winning illustrator and designer, she ran a successful business of her own for 15 years, served as adjunct faculty at the CIA, and was Creative Director for two of Cleveland’s most distinguished private schools.
Carol WoodinCarol Woodin enjoys spending time out in the gardens, fields and forests looking at and making studies of plants for future paintings. Her paintings in watercolor on vellum have been collected and exhibited around the world. She has taught botanical watercolor for over 25 years, and is co-editor of the ‘new standard’ botanical art instruction book Botanical Art Techniques, A Comprehensive Guide, published by ASBA and Timber Press. She received a Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1995, the 1998 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award, the 2016 Orchid Digest Medal of Honor.
Conference Fee - Early Registration
: $360.00Early Registration Deadline
: 08/07/2016Conference Fee
: $425.00Registration Deadline
: 09/04/2016Fee Includes
Most meals are included in 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. Many activities are free including: Portfolio Sharing, The Story of Vellum, Juror Training, Education Forum, Open Studio, Grant Project Presentations, Beyond Accuracy presentation, Hunt Activities, and lectures by Robin Jess, Kandy Phillips, and Deborah Shaw. If any discrepancies exist between policies that appear in the Journal and online, the policies online will take precedence.
How to Register:
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 12 noon, Eastern Time
Early Registration Deadline: August 7, 2016
September 4, 2016
Two Ways to Register:
1. Online Conference Registration: Register and pay with credit card (MC/Visa/Discover). Nearly 100% of registrants used Online Conference Registration last year. Further instructions on the registration process will be sent to you in monthly Highlights and in special emailings. When registration opens, members will be emailed a link that will take them directly to Online Conference Registration. (We will not go through the ASBA website to register).
2. By mail: Clip, copy or download the registration form
. Complete the form and mail along with your check payable to ASBA to ASBA 20th Annual Meeting, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458- 5126.
First-come, first-served policy: You may register online or by mail. Online registration is the best way for you to get the classes you want. Mail-in registrations will be processed when received, not based on postmark date. Mail-ins postmarked prior to opening day of registration (July 23) will not be processed.
We recommend registering online beginning July 23, 12 noon Eastern Time.
Confirmation: Sent via email only to those registering online; by US Postal Service to those registering by mail.
Questions: Regarding selection of classes email firstname.lastname@example.org or, regarding a change in your registration, email email@example.com or contact the ASBA office at 1.866.691.9080. Policy
1. Current ASBA membership is required for registration.
2. The ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference is a three-day event. Partial registration is not available. Preference is given to conference registrants for pre- and post-conference workshops and activities.
3. Registration Fees: Registration fee on or before August 7, 2016: $360
Registration fee after August 7, 2016: $425
4. Registration Deadline:
Registration is closed as of September 4, 2016. No registrations are accepted after this time, no exceptions.
5. Refund and Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation on or before August 7, 2016 - $75 fee. All workshop fees refunded. Cancellation after August 7 through August 21, 2016- $150 fee plus 20% of workshop fees. Cancellation after August 21 through September 4, 2016 - $200 fee plus 50% of workshop fees.
Cancellation Pre-and Post- conference Workshops on or before August 15, 2016 – 50% of fee. Pre- and Post-conference Workshop cancellation after August 15, 2016 – no refund.
No refunds of registration fee or workshops cancelled after September 4, 2016.
Health emergency or death in the immediate family: Refunds will be same as above except cancellation on or after October 1 through October 10, $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, 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 replace an instructor in the event that an instructor is unable to fulfill their obligation to teach.
6. Wyndham Hotel - Note: the Wyndham hotel is now filled
. See the information under Lodging for other options. 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 18, 2016. 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 transportation to/from your hotel.
The Art Bazaar on Saturday evening before the banquet gives you the opportunity to shop for donated items with 100% of the proceeds going to support the ASBA’s mission. Sales are immediate, no bidding at this event. Items such as art supplies, botanical art books, jewelry, scarves, note cards, prints and original artwork will be for sale!
Also, there will be several individual Artist Sales Tables during the Art Bazaar where you can purchase directly from artists (30% of their proceeds go to the ASBA.)
Please consider donating to the Art Bazaar by submitting a Donation Form until September 29. Items can either be shipped by October 8, or hand-delivered to the Conference.
To donate, please email ArtBazaar@asba-art.org
. Include the following information in your email: Name, Full mailing address, Email, Phone, Description of donated item, Value of donated item, Selling price (if different from Value), and whether you intend to ship or hand deliver the item. If you prefer, you may download and complete the Art Bazaar Donation Form and scan and email it to ArtBazaar@asba-art.org