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Susan Minton, horticulturalist, retired professor and member of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, will give a gallery talk at Drawn to the Details, the botanical art exhibition at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. Susan will explore some of the fascinating characteristics of plants that inspire both artists and horticulturalists.

Here is a sneak peek at Susan’s presentation Captivating Colors, Fabulous Forms:

A common thread that binds gardeners and botanical artists is a fascination with plants: how they look, how they grow, what makes each species unique. For all of us, but perhaps especially for artists, it is often easy to be so entranced with their colors and shapes and textures, that we forget how amazing they are from a botanist’s perspective. Scientists are continually uncovering new and wondrous details about how plants function, what purposes their particular (and often peculiar!) characteristics serve, and the many ways they interact with their environment.

Plants have inspired artists and gardeners for centuries. Learning about them will enhance your work and enrich your experience, both in the studio and in the garden.

You are invited to attend this special presentation.


Captivating Colors, Fabulous Forms

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
October 12, 2014
2-4 PM

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Heath-leaved Banksia, Banksia ericifolia L.f. [Banksia ericifolia Linnaeus filius, Proteaceae], watercolor on paper by Julie Dagmar Nettleton (Australia), 2012, 38.5 x 57 cm, HI Art accession no. 8038, ©2012 Julie Dagmar Nettleton, All Rights Reserved.

Heath-leaved Banksia, Banksia ericifolia L.f. [Banksia ericifolia Linnaeus filius, Proteaceae], watercolor on paper by Julie Dagmar Nettleton (Australia), 2012, 38.5 x 57 cm, HI Art accession no. 8038, ©2012 Julie Dagmar Nettleton, All Rights Reserved.

14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration
Hunt Institute for
Botanical Documentation
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
Sept. 27 – Dec. 19, 2013

Every three years the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents an exhibition of botanical art celebrating the work of contemporary botanical artists. This year forty-one artists from ten countries will take part in this international series that began in 1964 with the hope of supporting and encouraging contemporary artists worldwide. Participating in the 14th International Exhibition are:

Christine Battle, England; Phansakdi Chakkaphak, Thailand; Li-Jun Chen, China; Gaynor Dickeson, England; Ria van Elk-van Altena, Netherlands; Dianne Emery, Australia; Mayumi Ezure, Japan; Laura Fantini, United States; Lara Call Gastinger, United States; Ellen Gaube, United States; Janice Glimn-Lacy, United States; Cherie Ann Gossett, United States; Asuka Hishiki, Japan; Annie Hughes, Australia; Carolyn Jenkins, England; Barbara Klaas, United States; Esther Klahne, United States; David Kopitzke, United States; Joo-Young Lee, South Korea; Kyung-Min Lee, South Korea; Charlotte Linder, England; Roberta Mattioli, Italy; Carrie Megan, United States; Kayoko Miyazawa, Japan; Masako Mori, Japan; Julie Nettleton, Australia; Mary Anne O’Malley, United States; Tomoko Otomo, Japan; Beth Phillip, England; Lesley Randall, United States; Abigail Rorer, United States; Susan Rubin, United States; Gael Sellwood, England; Deborah B. Shaw, United States; Janet Snyman, South Africa; Min-Jeung Son, South Korea; Sun Yingbao, China; Charlotte Staub Thomas, United States; Denise Walser-Kolar, United States; Eric Wert, United States; and Margaret Wilson, United States.

A full-color, illustrated catalogue with biographical data, portraits of the artists and reproductions of the artworks will be available for purchase. Collectively, the 14 International catalogues include 1,129 artists and are the most comprehensive record available of contemporary botanical artists and illustrators. Most of the previous International catalogues are available for purchase at the Institute.


Visitor Information

The exhibition will be on display on the 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University and will be open to the public free of charge.

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM – Noon and 1–5 PM; Sunday, 1–4 PM (except November 24 and November 28 – December 1, 2013). The library will also be open on Saturday September 28, 2013 (1-4 PM) during Carnegie Mellon University’s Céilidh Weekend festivities. Hours subject to change, please call or email before your visit to confirm the library will be open.



About the Hunt Institute

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation.

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Rumex obtusifolius leaf [Rumex obtusifolius Linnaeus, Polygonaceae], watercolor on paper by Julia Trickey, 2006, 55 × 36.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 7755, © 2006 Julia Trickey, All Rights Reserved.

Rumex obtusifolius leaf [Rumex obtusifolius Linnaeus, Polygonaceae], watercolor on paper by Julia Trickey, 2006, 55 × 36.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 7755, © 2006 Julia Trickey, All Rights Reserved.

What We Collect:
Recent Art Acquisitions, 2007-2012

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
March 22 – June 30, 2013

A selection of recent acquisitions to the Art Department of the Hunt Institute, from the early 19th century through the present, will be placed in the context of the Institute’s collection practices and the history of botanical illustration. Whether working alongside botanists for scientific and horticultural publications or preparing artworks for collectors, galleries or commercial use, artists throughout the centuries have added their individual perspectives to portraying plants and have made lasting contributions to the botanical record and the history of art.

Included will be original illustrations for an early-19th-century botanical handbook and its contemporary, the field guide; a 19th-century classroom wall chart and the modern text book; a 20th-century seed packet and a booklet on seedling identification; a 20th-century monograph on the mistletoe genus and a journal article on marine fungi; drawings and watercolors illustrated by research botany professors; independent projects on floras of a region, native and medicinal plants and plants and their pollinators; and recent botanical artworks by artists previously represented in Hunt Institute’s International Exhibition of Art & Illustration. Mediums represented are watercolor on paper and vellum; ink, graphite and charcoal drawing; printmaking techniques: copper etching, wood engraving, vitreography and nature printing; and gelatin silver photography.

The artists working before 1900 include Pancrace Bessa (1772–1846), Sydenham Edwards (1769?–1819), Will Kilburn (1745–1818), James Sowerby (1757–1822), William Jackson Hooker (1785–1865), W. A. Meyn (19th-century), Powe (18th-century) and Christian Schkuhr (1741–1811). The contemporary artists featured include Bobbie Angell, Wendy Brockman, John Cody, Felicity Rose Cole, Carolyn Crawford, Paul Dobe (1880–1965), John Doughty, Beverly Duncan, Josephine Elwes Ewes, Alison Gianangeli, Janice Glimn-Lacy, Audrey Hardcastle, Lizzie Harper, Christina Hart-Davies, Lyn Hayden, Richard Homala (1934–2009), Brigette Kohlmeyer, Job Kuijt, Donelda LaBrake, Peter Loewer, Rogers McVaugh (1912–2009), Susan G. Monden, Cindy Nelson-Nold (1957–2009), Susan Ogilvy, Kandis Phillips, Alfred Putz (1892–1966), Mary Rankin, Thomas Reaume, Eugeni Sierra-Ràfols (1919–1999), Eva Stockhaus, Jessica Tcherepnine, Julia Trickey, Denise Walser Kolar, John Wilkinson and Sun Yingbao.

The Hunt’s annual Open House will be held in conjunction with this exhibition. Curators, librarians and staff will lead exhibition tours and discuss the history of botanical wall charts and botanical publications during this event. View the library’s Open House schedule.


Visitor Information

The exhibition will be on display on the 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University and will be 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 March 29-31, May 5 and May 26-27). Hours subject to change, please call or email before your visit to confirm the library will be open.



About the Hunt Institute

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation.

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The Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation will host its annual open house in June. This year the library will host lectures and tours related to the exhibition What We Collect: Recent Art Acquisitions, 2007-2012.

Here is the schedule of events:


Sunday, June 23, 2013

    1:00
    Registration (continues all afternoon)

    1:15–1:30
    Welcome and Introduction in Reading Room by Publication and Marketing Manager Scarlett Townsend

    1:30–2:15
    Exhibition Tour of What We Collect: Recent Art Acquisitions, 2007–2012 by Curatorial Assistant Carrie Roy

    2:15–3:00
    Walking tour of Reading Room furniture by Publication and Marketing Manager Scarlett Townsend

    3:15–4:00
    Botanical Wall Charts
    Lugene Bruno, Curator of Art
    Bruno will present an overview of the Hunt Institute’s collection of instructional wall charts that were produced in Europe and circulated around the world from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries. Using the less expensive printing process of lithography, these large-scale charts featured the characteristics of important plant families (often in magnified detail) and were used in introductory to advanced botany courses. As information became accessible in different formats, this important record of educational presentation fell into disuse. In recent decades these charts have often been retrieved from neglected storage areas and dumpsters and donated to institutions for preservation.

    4:00–4:30
    Enjoy exhibition and displays; talk with curators and staff


Monday, June 24, 2013

    1:00
    Registration (continues all afternoon)

    1:15–1:30
    Welcome and Introduction in Reading Room by Curator of Art Lugene Bruno

    1:30–2:15
    Exhibition Tour of What We Collect: Recent Art Acquisitions, 2007–2012 by Curatorial Assistant Carrie Roy

    2:15–3:00 W
    Walking tour of Reading Room furniture by Publication and Marketing Manager Scarlett Townsend

    3:15–3:45
    From Field to Folio: Stories Behind Botanical Publications
    Jeannette McDevitt, Assistant Librarian
    Long before our modern conveniences, such as overnight shipments and photocopies, passionate botanists and botanical artists were pouring blood, sweat and tears into their work. Ever at the mercy of the natural elements, each other and tight budgets, they traveled near and far to document the world’s flora. McDevitt will display some of Hunt Institute’s special items and speak about the dramas, disasters and absurdities that went on behind the scenes before these beautiful books could come to fruition.

    3:45–4:30
    Enjoy exhibition and displays; talk with curators and staff



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The American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), in collaboration with
Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, is curating an exhibition of original contemporary botanical artworks depicting plants discovered and introduced by John and William Bartram, American pioneers in botany and horticulture.

Very soon ASBA members will submit artworks for consideration and a team of four jurors will select about 40 works to be included in this traveling exhibition. This exhibition will focus on the native plant discoveries made by John and William in their travels throughout the eastern wilderness between the 1730’s and 1790’s. An illustrated, full-color booklet will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

This traveling exhibition will be on view at the following venues:


    Bartram’s Garden Gallery

    Philadelphia, PA
    April 26 – May 24, 2013

    South Florida Museum

    Bradenton, FL
    September – December 2013

    Cherokee Garden Library

    Atlanta History Center
    Atlanta, GA
    March 1 – May 31, 2014

Additional venues will be posted in the “Exhibits to Visit” section as information becomes available.

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Native Pennsylvania,
A Wildflower Walk

Hunt Institute
Carnegie Mellon University
March 2 – June 29, 2012

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Botany department at Carnegie Museum of Natural History will celebrate the native wildflowers of Pennsylvania in a collaborative exhibition opening in March.

Native Pennsylvania, A Wildflower Walk allows visitors to take a virtual walk through a southwestern Pennsylvania growing season and become more familiar with some of the native wildflowers that are integral to so many relationships. Information about Pennyslvania’s many parks, woodlands and wetlands is provided throughout the exhibition. Visitors are encouraged to follow their visual walk with a physical one in many of the state’s wildflower habitats.

Thirty-six wildflower watercolors by Richard Crist (1909–1985) from the Institute’s collection illustrating the simplicity and beauty of Pennsylvania’s native species will be on view. Coupled with Carnegie’s significant herbarium specimens, these pieces combine to create a visual wildflower walk through Pennsylvania’s blooming seasons with a focus on endangered, rare and threatened species within Pennsylvania. Additional watercolors by artists Lyn Hayden and Andrey Avinoff (1884–1949) also underscore the exhibition’s emphasis on the importance of herbaria and their contributions toward research, education and conservation.

Thoughout spring and early summer, visitors can learn more about Pennsylvania’s native plants through a series of public talks that will occur at the Hunt Institute on Sunday afternoons. All talks are free and begin at 2 PM. Plan ahead to attend the presentations below:

  • Why Do Plants Bloom When They Do? Spring Ephemerals and Other Seasonal Flowering Patterns – March 18; Steve Grund, botanist
  • Pressing and Mounting Specimens for a Personal Herbarium – March 25; Jeanne Poremski, landscape designer/botanist
  • Wildflowers of Pennsylvania – April 15; Dr. Mary Joy Haywood, botanist and plant pathologist
  • Wildflowers in the Home Garden – April 22 (Earth Day); John Totten, landscape architect
  • Gallery tour of Native Pennsylvania, A Wildflower Walk (in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon commencement ceremonies), May 20
  • Rare Plants of Pennsylvania – June 24; Bonnie Issac, collections manager at Carnegie Museum of Natural History and exhibition co-curator. This presentation will be held in conjunction with the Hunt Institute’s Open House.
  • Early Pennsylvania in Writing and Images – June 25; Angela Todd, Hunt Institute Archivist. This presentation will be held in conjunction with the Hunt Institute’s Open House.

The exhibition will be on display on the 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University and will be 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 11 March, 6–8 April, 6 and 27–28 May). The library’s hours of operation are occasionally subject to change, please call or email before your visit to confirm their hours. For further information, contact the Hunt Institute at 412-268-2434.


About the Hunt Institute

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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America’s oldest botanical garden, Bartram’s Garden, will host opportunities to learn about plants and bees this weekend. Here is an opportunity to learn through drawing!

  • Botanical Illustration Meet-Up – Saturdays: September 11, October 2, November 6, 10 am to 1 pm. A standing invitation to meet other artists and share your passion for plants. Bring your own supplies. Specimens will be provided. Cost: $10 non-members, $8 seniors/students/members or FREE with Bartram Program Pass. No pre-registration required; pay in Museum Shop. Limit: 20.
  • Imaginative Drawing of Bees – Da Vinci Art Alliance – Saturday, September 11, 2 to 4 pm. Artist, Ona Kalstein, will discuss her work and lead an activity about the imaginative drawing of bees and bee-related subjects. Supplies provided.
    Register: amcdowell@bartramsgarden.org.
  • Bees in Art – Da Vinci Art Alliance – Sunday September 12, 2:30 PM. Dr. Debra Miller, curator, will discuss how bees have been depicted in art. FREE.

Be sure to also see how local artists have been inspired by bees at the annual exhibition of the Da Vinci Art Alliance. Don’t miss the History of American Beekeeping, 1776-1810, a free workshop scheduled for Sunday September 12 at 1:00 PM.

View Bartram Garden’s current course schedule here



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