Botanical Art Worldwide
America's Flora

Linking People with Plants through Botanical Art
Opening May 2018
  • U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory with view of the U.S. Capitol Photo courtesy U.S. Botanic Garden
In 2018, ASBA will present a juried exhibition of artworks of native plants, in collaboration with the US Botanic Garden, and staged in its glorious gallery space in Washington, DC. Similar exhibitions will be held in over twenty other countries. The US, as with each participating country, will curate its juried exhibition of original artworks, and display a digital slide show of the works in all other countries’ exhibitions. American artists will create new works devoted to the indigenous plants of the US, while hundreds of artists around the world will depict plants indigenous to their home countries as well. A Worldwide Day of Botanical Art will be held on May 18, 2018, with events held for 24 hours, following the sun from venue to venue.
 
Each participating country has named a Steering Committee to participate in decision-making about this exciting worldwide collaboration. Countries with sponsoring organizations, steering committees, and some with venues in hand include: Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Several other countries are in earlier planning stages. The committee is investigating opportunities for video sharing of events, demonstrations, lectures, and the like to bring artists and the public together on a worldwide stage. 
 
Some goals of the exhibition include:
-Presenting a unified message about the ability to link people with plants through botanical art.
-Acknowledging and building upon the increasing connections between botanical artists worldwide.
-Increasing appreciation and understanding of the world's plant diversity and its interconnectedness.
-Raising awareness about the worldwide movement in botanical art.
-To engage in a project to document some of the wild plant species of the world.
 
 

For more info: exhibitions@asba-art.org

United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC
 
JURORS
 
Susan T. Fisher
Botanical Artist and Educator
  
Patricia Jonas
Author and Editor
  
William McLaughlin
Plant Curator
US Botanic Garden
 
Susan Pell, Ph.D
Science and Public Programs Manager
US Botanic Garden
 
 



Calls for Entries

Call for Entries: Botanical Art Worldwide - America's Flora

Linking People with Plants through Botanical Art


Description

In 2018, ASBA will present a juried exhibition of artworks of native plants, in collaboration with the US Botanic Garden, and staged in its glorious gallery space in Washington, DC. Similar exhibitions will be held in over fourteen other countries. The US, as with each participating country, will curate its juried exhibition of original artworks, and display a digital slide show of the works in all other countries’ exhibitions. American artists will create new works devoted to the indigenous plants of the US, while hundreds of artists around the world will depict plants indigenous to their home countries as well. A Worldwide Day of Botanical Art will be held on May 18, 2018, with events held for 24 hours, following the sun from venue to venue. 
 
Our collaborator in the project, the U.S. Botanic Garden, was established by the U.S. Congress in 1820 and has been open to the public since 1850. Its conservatory displays changing collections of living plants from around the world, as well as exhibitions in its beautiful West and East Galleries. The USBG’s mission to demonstrate the importance of plants to the well-being of humankind makes them a perfect collaborator in the project. Their high level of botanical knowledge and expertise will add to the exhibition’s interpretive impact, and will help to accomplish the educational and outreach goals of the project.
 
Artists residing in the US are encouraged to seek out the wide variety of native plants from different habitats and regions throughout America. Many botanical gardens have special areas devoted to native plants and can be a great source of botanical information about them. For the purpose of this exhibition, native plants are any wild plant indigenous to any of the 50 United States, including natural hybrids, but excluding any cultivar, man-made hybrids, and naturalized exotics.
 
The exhibition will travel through the end of 2019 and perhaps into early 2020.
 

Submission Dates: April 1, 2017 through September 22, 2017. All entries must be received by September 22.

Dates

Opening in May, 2018

Submission Deadline

September 22, 2017

Venue

United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC USA

Eligibility

Open to all ASBA members in good standing, residing in the U.S.

Subject

Artists are encouraged to create new works featuring plant species native to the US. The definition of native plant is: "Any wild plant indigenous to a country, including natural hybrids, but excluding any cultivar, man-made hybrids, and naturalized exotics.” 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.

Fee

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

Details

Number artworks per entry: 3
Submissions
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
Presentation

Framed size limit 48” x 40” either horizontal or vertical. Accepted artwork must be professionally presented per specific exhibition requirements, details provided upon acceptance.

Jurors
Susan T. Fisher, Botanical Artist and Educator; Patricia Jonas, Author and Editor; William McLaughlin, Plant Curator, US Botanic Garden; Susan Pell, Ph.D, Science and Public Programs Manager, US Botanic Garden
Notification
Acceptances and regrets will be sent by November 30, 2017, via email. 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.
Shipping Insurance
Artists will be responsible for shipping and insurance to the USBG and for the return of the artwork at the end of the travel schedule. Artworks will be covered during shipping between travel venues by ASBA.

Artwork Insurance

The U.S. Botanic Garden Gallery is approved by ASBA for security and artwork presentation and all reasonable care will be taken in handling. However, artwork insurance is not provided at the USBG and artists will be asked to sign a waiver of acknowledgement. Travel venues will provide insurance for artworks while on their sites.
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 the travel schedule.
Publicity and Catalog
With appropriate funding, a catalog will be prepared using the images provided for jurors. If significant pre-publication digital corrections are needed for digital image(s), a fee of $75 will be levied. Images of accepted submissions may be used in promotional, educational, and/or interpretive materials before, during, and after the exhibition.
Contact
Carol Woodin, Director of Exhibitions, email: exhibitions@asba-art.org, phone: 866-691-9080.
Availability
If accepted, artwork must be available for an anticipated travel schedule which will extend through December 2019, possibly through early 2020.