American Botanical Art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Botanical Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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American Society of Botanical Artists Accessed 4/14

Burchfield Botanicals is a 2017 exhibit at the Huntsville Museum of Art which says: "Between the years 1908 and 1911, American artist Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967) created nearly 500 botanical sketches that illustrated the different wildflowers and plants he found in the forests and fields around his childhood home in Salem, Ohio. Using books from the local library, Burchfield identified and documented these plants along with the locations where he found them. The artist's fascination with plant life would remain strong throughout his career. Many of the wildflowers he recorded during those early years would show up again and again in paintings, and some would be included in the titles of works." To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website. Accessed 6/17

A Decade of Paintings, 2000-2010: Selected Works by Michael M. Strueber, an exhibit held January 28 - June 11, 2011 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Includes exbibit brochure. Accessed April, 2015.

Gathering Light: The Art of Stephen Hannock, an exhibit featuring artists depicting images of trees, held March 31 - July 8, 2012 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Includes curator's essay. Accessed May, 2014

James Prosek: Un-Natural History, October 21, 2011 - January 27, 2012 from Bellarmine Museum of Art. Accessed 4/14

"The language of flowers and other floral symbolism used by Winslow Homer," from Magazine Antiques Nov, 1999 by Judith Walsh [Link expired as of 11/22/11 audit. Source may contain this content via a revised URL. We are saving this citation for your reference]

Natural Selections, an exhibit held at the Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy September 7, 2013 - March 16, 2014. Accessed 4/14

Virginia Poundstone - Flower Mutations was a 2015 exhibit at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, which says: "Virginia Poundstone's practice spans photography, sculpture, video, and installation, and is exclusively focused on the history and botany of the flower and its socio-economic and cultural significance. Her exhibition at The Aldrich is dedicated to two important sources of inspiration: Giacomo Balla's series of Futurist Flowers and traditional American flower-pattern quilts." Also see the exhibit brochure in Issuu. Accessed 11/16

A potential source of Resource Library articles and essays is the North Carolina Arboretum, located in Asheville, North Carolina. The Arboretum features rotating exhibitions at the Baker Exhibit Center, many featuring botanical artists. Accessed May, 2015.


(above: Baker Exhibit Center, North Carolina Arboretum, May, 2015. Photo © John Hazeltine)


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