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American Society of Botanical Artists

American Society of Botanical Artists
Founded 1994; 24 years ago (1994)
Focus botanical art and botanical art education
Members
1,300
Website [www.asba-art.org]
Formerly called
American Society of Botanical Artists

The American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) is the principal United States society for those who practice and appreciate contemporary botanical art. Since its founding by Diane Bouchier in 1994, ASBA has grown to nearly 1300 individual members and more than 20 institutional members from around the world.[1]

ASBA members include botanical artists at all levels from beginners to masters, instructors, collectors, curators, botanical gardens, museums, academic institutions, and libraries.

Definition

The Society defines "botanical art" as

  • Having an aesthetic appeal, exhibiting the elements and principles of artistic design
  • Made to intent of elicit an intellectual or emotional response
  • To scale (actual size or scaled enlargement or reduction)
  • Free of animals except those that are interdependent with the plant and depicted subordinated to the plant
  • Free of backgrounds except for solid colors, textured substrates, or the natural habitat of the plant portrayed subordinate to the plant[2]

Journals

ASBA publishes The Botanical Artist quarterly journal.

Exhibitions and awards

The ASBA organizes an Annual International Juried Exhibition in conjunction with the Horticultural Society of New York. At this annual exhibition, it awards the Diana Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art, the James White Service Award for Dedication to Botanical Art, and the Botanical Illustrator Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Art.

References

  1. ^ "ASBA History". Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  2. ^ "ASBA Strategic Plan" (PDF). Retrieved 19 April 2016.

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