Join us for ASBA’s 19th Annual Meeting & Conference in Pittsburgh, PA!
September 26, 27, 28, 2013
Whether you're a beginner or an accomplished artist, there's something for you at ASBA's conference. The conference experience will immerse you in botanical art and leave 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.
Our "home away from home" is the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center (formerly the Holiday Inn Select).
Portfolio sharing, Awards Banquet and Silent Auction will be across the street at the elegant Pittsburgh Athletic Association. Both are surrounded by intellectual and cultural resources such as the Hunt Institute, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Phipps Conservatory, Cathedral of Learning and more.
) Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops
ASBA offers workshops with three exceptional artists in pre- and post-conference workshops. Two-day workshops preceding the conference (Sept. 24-25) include Color in Shadows
(watercolor) with world-renowned Katie Lee and Pushing Potential
- Colored Pencil Wet and Wild
with celebrated artist Libby Kyer. Legendary artist and honored teacher Jee-Yeon Koo of South Korea will conduct a three-day workshop Chrysanthemums in Watercolor
following the conference (September 29, 30, October 1).Visualize Your Day-by-Day Conference Activities:Welcome Reception
Relax after your travel and kick off the conference on Wednesday evening, September 25th with ASBA's Welcome Reception. Join the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society, our local hosts, for camaraderie and refreshments from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Meet up with old friends and make new ones as we begin a full schedule of conference activities. 14th International Exhibition, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
A highlight of the Pittsburgh experience is the opening of the Hunt Institute’s 14th International Exhibition. The reception on Thursday evening is open exclusively to the exhibiting artists and ASBA conference participants. The exhibition will also be open for more leisurely perusal during the conference. Meet the artists, many from other countries, who are represented in one of the world’s most prestigious exhibitions of botanical art. (www.huntbotanical.org
).Classes, Lectures, Trips and More!
The popular Portfolio Sharing will begin the conference on Thursday, September 26, held at the spacious, historic and stately Pittsburgh Athletic Association, just across the street from the Wyndham Hotel. ASBA’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the hotel will catch you up on ASBA activities and will be followed by the Techniques Showcase featuring demonstrations by Jee-Yeon Koo (watercolor), Heeyoung Kim (graphite) and Libby Kyer (colored pencil). The Educator's Forum and a hands-on class with Derek Norman on the Basics of Pen and Ink are also scheduled on Thursday. Then it will be off for the evening opening of the Hunt Institute's 14th International Exhibition to see some of the best botanical art being created today.
Friday and Saturday will include many hands-on classes, lectures, demonstrations and tours. We will be honoring the inspiring work of Jee-Yeon Koo, who will tell us how she has been instrumental in bringing contemporary botanical art to her country, South Korea. Friday evening's Wildflower Forum
will focus on a presentation by Carol Woodin about the ASBA’s traveling exhibition Following in the Bartrams' Footsteps.
Saturday morning’s Wildflower Forum
topics will feature presentations by Molly Steinwald, Director of Science Education at Phipps Conservatory, and Phipps Botany in Action Fellows about Phipp’s program connecting the public with science through the visual arts and other strategies.
Continuing the concept of "Beyond Accuracy - Creating Art", Lugene Bruno, Curator of Art and Senior Research Scholar of the Hunt Institute, will present an intriguing session on finding inspiration for your botanical art in other historical and contemporary art genres. Lugene will also instruct a hands-on class on building miniature examples of various archival folders for safely storing and preserving your art. Charlotte Tancin, Librarian and Principal Research Scholar at the Hunt, will share her insight about Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) illustrated by books on display.
There are special field trips that your guests may enjoy as well. Tour Kentuck Knob, a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian home built in the 1950s, surrounded by beautiful gardens, woods, meadows and sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy, Claes Oldenburg and other noted artists. Visit the National Aviary, America’s premier bird zoo with more than 600 birds of 200 species from around the world, many of them threatened or endangered in the wild.
The Awards Banquet and Silent Auction are great finales to the conference. The members of the Allegheny Highlands Chapter are looking forward to welcoming you to the 19th ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Pittsburgh this fall!
You may download the Pittsburgh 2013 Annual Meeting & Conference pull-out section:ASBA Conference PulloutASBA Conference Registration FormASBA Conference ScheduleASBA Conference Sessions
Wyndham Hotel – University Center
100 Lytton Avenue
Conveniently located, the Wyndham Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn Select) makes your stay comfortable and very affordable.
Rooms fill up VERY 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!
You must ask for the American Society of Botanical Artists block to receive the conference rate which must be booked by September 1st.
Room rates are: $136 per night plus applicable taxes.
Questions regarding your reservation: contact Lauren Cahill at 1.412.682.6200 ext. 6120
Wish to share expenses? Contact Conference Roommate Coordinator: Elisabeth deBoor at email@example.com
Shuttle service will be provided between the Wyndham Hotel and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and other off-site session venues.
The Pittsburgh Athletic Club is located across the street from the Wyndham Hotel.
A discounted rate has been negotiated with Super Shuttle for round trip transportation to/from the Pittsburgh Airport and Wyndham Hotel. The discounted round trip rate is $46 plus fuel surcharge and gratuity.
A discounted rate has also been negotiated with ExecuCar for a private luxury sedan which holds 4 passengers, The discounted rate is $66 one-way. Gratuity not included.
The discounted rates apply to reservations made online, in advance, using Group Discount Code 4ASBA. Valid 9/23-10/2, 2013. Make your reservation for Super Shuttle or ExecuCar at https://www.supershuttle.com/default.aspx?GC=4ASBA
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Tuesday, Sep 24, 9am-4pm
Wednesday, Sep 25, 9am-4pm
Wednesday, Sep 25, 8am-4pm
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2pm-5pm
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2pm-5pm
Wednesday, Sep 25, 5pm-6:30pm
Wednesday, Sep 25, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Thursday, Sep 26, 7:30am-8:30am
Thursday, Sep 26, 8am-9:30am
Thursday, Sep 26, 8:30am-10:45am
Thursday, Sep 26, 10am-11am
Thursday, Sep 26, 11am-1pm
Thursday, Sep 26, 1pm-4:30pm
Thursday, Sep 26, 1pm-5pm
Thursday, Sep 26, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Thursday, Sep 26, 5:30pm-5:30pm
Thursday, Sep 26, 6pm-8pm
Thursday, Sep 26, 8:15pm-8:15pm
Friday, Sep 27, 7:30am-8:30am
Friday, Sep 27, 8:45am-8:45am
Friday, Sep 27, 9am-11:30am
Friday, Sep 27, 9am-12pm
Friday, Sep 27, 9am-4pm
Friday, Sep 27, 9am-5pm
Friday, Sep 27, 11:30am-11:30am
Friday, Sep 27, 12pm-1pm
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Friday, Sep 27, 1pm-4pm
Friday, Sep 27, 1:30pm-3pm
Friday, Sep 27, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Friday, Sep 27, 3pm-4:30pm
Friday, Sep 27, 4pm-6pm
Friday, Sep 27, 4:30pm-4:30pm
Friday, Sep 27, 5:30pm-6:15pm
Friday, Sep 27, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 7:30am-8:30am
Saturday, Sep 28, 8:30am-4pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 9am-10:30am
Saturday, Sep 28, 9am-12pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 9am-4pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 10:30am-12pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 12pm-1pm
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Saturday, Sep 28, 1pm-2pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 1pm-4pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 2pm-4pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 4pm-4pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 4:30pm-4:30pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 5pm-7:15pm
Saturday, Sep 28, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Sunday, Sep 29, 9am-4pm
Monday, Sep 30, 9am-4pm
Tuesday, Oct 1, 9am-4pm
Helen AllenHelen Allen has been drawing, painting and studying plants for as long as she can remember. Her great joy is in sharing with others her love of all things botanical.
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.
Gillian CondyA prolific freelance artist for over 40 years, Gillian promotes the indigenous flora of Southern Africa. As resident botanical artist for the National Herbarium for 35 years, she contributed to numerous journals, taught botanical art, organized dozens of exhibitions in her official and private capacity (including BAW 2018), a founding member of the Botanical Artists Association of SA. (1999). She has been a participant in several international Florilegium and is recipient of numerous awards. November 2018 she was appointed artist in residence at Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, culminating in a solo exhibition in February 2021. She is currently illustrating two books on Baobabs and Barleria.
Lara GastingerLara Call Gastinger is the chief illustrator for Flora of Virginia, a botanical reference manual that contains 1300 of her original illustrations. She has exhibited at the RHS and was awarded a gold medal. Lara’s work was recently accepted into the Hunt Institute.
Wendy HollenderWendy Hollender is a botanical artist, author, and instructor and leads workshops throughout the world as well as having an online instructional program (Draw Botanical.) Due to Covid Draw Botanical has launched a series of Zoom Workshops that have been highly successful and meaningful during this challenging time. Hollender’s illustrations have been published extensively. Her work has been in numerous ASBA International Exhibitions, the Hunt Institute and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery. Wendy has four books on Botanical Drawing
Annie HughesAnnie Hughes holds a Bachelor of Design and worked for 12 years as a textile designer. She transitioned to botanical art was not hard, which has become a passion. Annie’s work is held at the Hunt Institute, the Shirley Sherwood Collection, the RHS Lindley Library and the Florilegium Society Botanic Gardens Sydney.
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.
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.
Jee-Yeon KooJee-Yeon Koo currently teaches at Dongduk Women's University in South Korea and is the Principal Art Director at the Korean National Arboretum. Recent exhibitions include 'Art in Science', RHS, Hunt Institute, and Focus on Nature. Jee-Yeon's award-winning artwork is held in public museums and private collections.
Libby KyerLibby 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.
Katie LeeKatie Lee, a renowned botanical and wildlife artist, is a graduate of the New York Botanical Garden Botanical Illustration program where she has been an instructor for 22 years. Katie teaches drawing, watercolor, acrylic and composition courses worldwide. She has illustrated popular books for the Smithsonian Institution.
Lee McCaffreeLee McCaffree shared the coordination and implementation of the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program and is a primary instructor. She has taught classes around the US and at ASBA annual meetings. Relying on the basics improves the final work of an artist. She has exhibited across the USA and in the U.K. including the Hunt Institute and the RHS.
Irene MessinaIrene Messina is an accredited judge for the American Orchid Society. She began painting botanically in May of 2005, where she is a member of the Artists’ Circle Flora. Irene has exhibited on Long Island, NY. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of ASBA.
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.
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.
Rose PellicanoRose 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.
Sarah RocheSarah is Education Director and Lead Instructor for the Wellesley College FOBG Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration and Founding Director of NESBA. She has been a member of ASBA since 2002, and has served as Board Member and Education Chair.
Elaine SearleElaine works on paper and vellum, finding inspiration in a very wide range of subjects. Her artworks are known for their impact, depth and layered composition. Elaine’s work has been selected for inclusion in Prince of Wales’s Highgrove Florilegium and Transylvania Florilegium. She has works in the collections of The Hunt Institute and The Huntington Library and her work has been purchased by many private collectors. In Spring 2022 she was awarded a Botanical Art Residency at The Oak Spring Garden Foundation. Over 15 years teaching botanical art with a passion from beginners to masterclass level. Offering Zoom tuition, holiday courses in Europe, mentoring and workshops, Elaine has also been a guest tutor (virtual and in-person) for many botanical organisations. Details and further examples of her work may be found at www.paintbotanical.com
Molly SteinwaldMolly Steinwald, Director of Science Education and Research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, has a BS in Biology, an MS in Ecology, and is a PhD candidate researching people-environment interactions. She’s an internationally-recognized photographer.
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.
Denise Walser-KolarDenise began her journey into botanical art in 2003, after receiving a botanical art class from her parents as a birthday gift. She received the Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art in 2015, and received a Silver-Gilt medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in 2011. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Denise teaches vellum workshops across the country.
Anita WalsmitAnita Walsmit worked as scientific illustrator at the National Herbarium Nederland, University of Leiden, till her recent retirement. She teaches botanical illustration and botanical watercolor. Her work is held in many collections including the Hunt Institute. In 2006 she founded the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.
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
: 07/31/2013Conference Fee
: $390.00Registration Deadline
: 08/25/2013Fee Includes
Most meals for conference registrants (breakfasts all three days, lunches all three days, light refreshments at the Welcome Reception and at the Friday evening Wildflower Forum, and the Saturday evening Awards Banquet). Additional charges apply for guest meals.
Registration is required for all individual meals (even where included in the conference fee) as welll as some free sessions where the number of attendees is limited, where menu selections are required and/or where ASBA needs an accurate count of attendees to plan for catering needs.How to Register
Two Ways to Register for the Annual Meeting:
: Register and pay with credit card (MC/Visa) at www.asba-conf.org. Nearly 100% of registrants used the registration website last year.
2. By Mail
: Clip, copy or download the registration form
. Complete form and mail along with your check (payable to ASBA) to: ASBA 19th Annual Meeting, NYBG, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126.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 (June 29) will be not be processed.
Confirmation: Sent via email to those registering online and by US Postal Service to those registering by mail.
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.
If any discrepancies exist between policies that appear in the Journal and online, the policies online will take precedence.
1. Current ASBA membership is required
2. Partial registration is not available
. The ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference is a three-day event. Preference is given to conference registrants for pre- and post-conference workshops and activities.
3. Registration Fees
1. - Registration fee paid online or postmarked on or before July 31, 2013 : $360 for current members (save $30)
2. - Registration fee paid online or postmarked after July 31, 2013 : $390 for current members
4. Wait List
: there will NOT be a 'Wait List' maintained for full classes/sessions
1. - A Constant Contact e-mail will be sent out in August letting registrants know which classes still have openings
2. - This will include any openings in previously full sessions where cancellations may have occurred
3. - Registrants will have an opportunity to add/substitute a class at that time on a first-come, first-served basis
5. Registration Deadline: AUGUST 25, 2013
. Registration is closed and no registrations are accepted after this date.
6. Refund and Cancellation Policy:
1. Cancellation fee for Conference on or before August 1, 2013 - $75.
2 . Cancellation fee for Conference after August 1 through August 24, 2013 - $150
3. No refunds of general registration fee will be given for cancellations received on or after
August 24, 2013. Workshop fees may be refunded if your space is filled.
4. Cancellation fee for Pre- and Post-Conference Workshop on or before August 15, 2013 - 50% of workshop fee
5. Pre- and Post-Conference Workshop Cancellation after August 15 - no refund
6. Refunds 60 days or more after your the initial registration will be subject to an additional cancellation fee of $25.00.
7. Health emergency and/or death in the immediate family: Refunds will be same as above with the
difference that if on or after September 15, a health emergency occurs to the registrant prohibiting
their attendance, or a death in their immediate family occurs on or after September 15, 50% of core
conference fees will be refunded to the registrant.
8. 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.
7. Wyndham Hotel Reservations
: See the information on the Hotel Reservations page 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 room rate is good if booked by September 1, 2013. After that, the discount rate will no longer be available. If you stay somewhere other than this hotel, ASBA is not responsible for your hotel arrangements nor transportation from your hotel.Conference Registration for the 2013 Annual Meeting & Conference has ended.
Conference Registrants: To view your registration or personalized conference schedule online:
- if you are not already logged into the website you will need to log in which will take you to your Dashboard - Member Features
- if you are already logged into the website, click on the Member Features link
from anywhere within the site
- on your Dashboard-Members Features
page click on the 'Orders' link to see your registration
- on your Dashboard-Members Features
page click on the 'Personalized Conference Schedule' link to see your schedule which may be printed to bring along to the conference
Material lists are available in the expanded description of each class in the Sessions tab of the 2013 Conference page
Get a jump on holiday shopping - or treat yourself - at ASBA's Silent Auction on Saturday evening. Great selections include original art, art supplies, beautiful scarves, books you have to have, gift certificates for jewelry, and much more. Remember, the proceeds help support ASBA’s “Artist & Education Grants”, publication of The Botanical Artist and ASBA Exhibitions. All are vital to ASBA’s mission - as is your support of this event.