The American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), in collaboration with Bartram's Garden in Philadelphia, has curated an exhibition of original contemporary botanical artworks depicting plants discovered and introduced by the Bartrams. Focusing on the native plant discoveries made by John and William Bartram in their travels throughout the eastern wilderness between the 1730s and 1790s, the exhibition of forty-four original artworks allows a fresh look at their seminal body of knowledge and art. This exhibition will show at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, August 30 - November 2, 2014.
ASBA's exhibition website.
In recognition of the contributions made by John and William Bartram to our knowledge of the flora of the Southeast and to the practice of gardening with native plants, and in recognition of the fundamental roles of botanical art in both the science of botanical discovery and the public appreciation of nature, the North Carolina Botanical Garden has committed to hosting "Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps—Contemporary Botanical Artists Explore the Bartrams' Legacy." In addition to displaying the exhibition for two months, the Garden and its partners will provide educational programming that elaborates on such themes as:
- the role of botanical exploration in the evolution of public gardens
- the uses of art to appreciate and understand nature
- literary values of journals and other writing by early American naturalists
- Ackland Art Museum, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- The Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Alumni of the NCBG Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration
- Bartram Trail Conference
- Guild of Natural Science Illustrators—Carolinas Chapter
- Highlands Biological Station
- NC Bartram Trail Society
Published on February 03, 2014 at 10:45:43 am.