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The following projects are listed for your information.  They are not projects of the Great River Chapter, but offered as possible venues to show your artwork and advance our mission: to create public awareness and appreciation for botanical art in our community.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden's Florilegium Project (2010, ongoing to 2020)

Be a part of this important project, which is open to members of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art.  New artists are invited to participate, and current artists are welcome to choose another subject to paint.  With 78 paintings finished, we are on target to complete this project by 2020, so don't wait - now is the time to get involved!  The purpose of this florilegium is to document the unique and special plants in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, the oldest public wildflower garden in the United States.  More info:


Minnesota Arboretum's Flora and Fauna Illustrata Project (2015, ongoing)

This collection provides a visual regional and national resource to aid research and serves to inspire learning, discovery, and enjoyment.  FFI is a long term project to document, in scientifically accurate fine art, the plant and animal species that occur at the Arboretum in Chaska, MN.  This juried project is open to all artists working in any two-dimensional medium. Artwork selected to be added to the FFI Archive through the jury process will become the property of the University of Minnesota and will be exhibited periodically, both physically and online.  The inaugural exhibition is planned for Fall 2017.  Artists will retain some rights to use their artwork and the opportunity to participate in this exciting new permanent archive.  The Andersen Horticultural Library at the Arboretum will permanently document and archive the art, and facilitate periodic exhibitions.

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Botanical Art Worldwide:  a worldwide exhibition linking people with plants through botanical art  (Worldwide Day of Botanical Art, May 18, 2018)

Botanical art is undergoing a worldwide renaissance, a movement that includes thousands of artists active in every corner of the globe. For this project, artists are working to document wild plants where they live to create a record of today’s botanical diversity. These artworks will be submitted for juried exhibitions in each participating country, on view in 2018.  Although each country’s exhibition will have its own opening and closing dates, all exhibitions will be on view on May 18, 2018, and each will have events scheduled to celebrate this historic project.  Revised Deadline: Entries accepted through October 20, 2017.

Artists around the world have been working on this project to:

  • build partnerships between artists, institutions, scientists, and the public.
  • raise awareness of the worldwide renaissance in botanical art.
  • increase appreciation and understanding of the world’s precious plant diversity and its interconnectedness.
  • acknowledge and build upon the increasing ease of communication and connection between botanical artists wherever they might live and work.
  • engage in a project to document some of the world’s wild plant species.

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Artist-in-Residence program at U of MN College of Biological Sciences (ongoing)

The artist in residency program at the CBS Conservatory aims to incorporate environmental literature, history, photography, and fine art with scientific research.

Presentations and workshops by artists, historians, botanical illustrators, musicians, writers and other creative media enrich students' perspectives on landscape and global change.

Programs vary, but residencies are typically 2 to 4 weeks in length. Often artists are invited to participate in Conservatory programs by sharing their art with the public.

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