Edward Donovan exhibition at the Hunt Institute

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents the exhibition "Edward
Donovan: Naturalist Artist, Author and Collector" from 27 March to 29 June

Created in the period 1823-1830, these botanical watercolors by the
early 19th-century British naturalist Edward Donovan depict exotic plants
introduced to the British Isles.

The exhibition is open to the public free
of charge.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
(except 18 and 25-26 May).

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Carnegie Mellon University
Hunt Library, 5th Floor
4909 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Phone: 412-268-2434

Web site:

We're back

Botanical Artistry is back after a database corruption took out the site for quite a while - my apologies! We're just getting back on our feet and starting to restore all the functions of the previous site. Stay tuned.

Anna Knights receives best in show award

Anna Knights Botanical ArtSince we last featured Anna Knights in December last year, she has gone on to further success.

After receiving the Dawn Jolliffe bursary from the Royal Horticultural Society to assist her to exhibit at her first ever exhibition as part of the botanical art competition at BBC Gardener's World Live in June 2007, Anna was awarded an RHS Gold Medal and the best in show award.

It is very rare for an artist to receive such an award on their first entry and it is even more of an achievement for Anna considering that she had begun botanical painting only a year previously. Anna is entirely self-taught. Having studied History at university, Anna began botanical painting in her spare time in February 2006.

The RHS have purchased original paintings and prints from Anna for their Lindley Library botanical art collection.

For further details on Anna's work see her website: www.annaknights.co.uk.


Hunt Institute's fall botanical art exhibition

Hunt Institute LogoThe Hunt Institute's 12th International Exhibition of botanical Art & Illustration will run from 30 September to 20 December 2007 and features 111 artworks by 64 artists from 14 countries. More information and a list of the artists is available on their Web site. This looks like a terrific exhibition and a full colour catalogue will be available.

In conjunction with the opening of the International exhibition, the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) will hold its 13th Annual Meeting and Conference in Pittsburgh (27–29 September). Many botanical artists from across the U.S. will be in town to attend.

Filoli Estate Botanical Art Exhibition - San Francisco

Filoli will present its 9th Annual Botanical Art Exhibit this summer. Botanical art is experiencing a renaissance of growth both in the states and internationally and Filoli has proudly played a prominent roll on the west coast. A collection of beautiful and accurate plant portraits by artists hailing from the United States and abroad will be on display in the elegant ballroom. The Filoli Florilegium, a selection of prints from the Banks Florilegium and a beautiful display of antique prints on loan from Lyons Ltd. will also be displayed in the house and Visitor and Education Center.

Filoli Estate is located 30 miles southwest of San Francisco. Admission fees apply - see www.filoli.org for details.

Surrey Life July edition botanical art article

The July edition of Surrey Life magazine will feature an article on Botanic Art and in particular the work of Angeline de Meester. 

Most recent exhibition

5 paintings selected by the Society of Botanical Artists, for their show in Westminster, London.



Margaret Flockton Award 2008

The details for the 2008 Margaret Flockton Award for Botanical Illustration have been released. The award commemorates the contribution Margaret Flockton made to Australian scientific botanical art and is unusual in that it recognises and promotes scientific botanical illustration as opposed to botanical art. There are detailed instructions to artists on the Botanic Gardens Trust (Sydney, Australia) website. Works are judged on the following criteria:

  • accurate interpretation and portrayal of plant characters and diagnostic features in the botanical description
  • technical merit
  • artistic merit
  • composition
  • reproducibility

Prizes of A$5000 and A$2000 respectively will be presented to the first and second best entries. The judges, at their discretion, may also award Highly Commended certificates for works considered to be of a exceptionally high standard. The award is open to Australian and overseas artists and entries close Friday 9 February 2008.

Helen Fitzgerald Exhibition

Helens next solo exhibition (her 10th) "Flowers, birds & landscapes" will open at 2pm, Sunday 1st April at the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery (just outside of Canberra). All welcome. View a preview here of her 90 paintings. Any of these paintings can be pre purchased by calling the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery on (+61) 02 6238 1682.

For more information on Helen, including details of workshops and tutorials visit her website.

Resources for Arists

This terrific site popped up on the yahoo botanical art list the other day. It is squidoo lens page put together by Katherine Tyrrell that contains a fantastic collection of resources for botanical artists. It includes links to things such as Societies, Exhibitions, Books and forums of interest to botanical artists.

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