BAEE Awards Another Grant

Award Presentation at ASBA 2017 Conference (Left to right: BAEE Board Members, Mary Elcano, Chris Rollins, Pamela Mason, and Karen Ringstrand, and ASBA Executive Director Diane Batson-Smith, ASBA Exhibition Chairman Carol Woodin, and ASBA President Jody Williams)

Today at the ASBA’s 23rd Annual Meeting and Conference in San Francisco, California, on behalf of BAEE, Karen Ringstrand presented a grant of $15,000 to support publication of the expanded catalog for the ASBA exhibition Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora.

Carol Woodin, ASBA’s Exhibitions Director made the following opening remarks: “Botanical Art Worldwide is a groundbreaking collaboration between botanical artists, organizations, and institutions worldwide, creating and exhibiting botanical artworks of native plants found in each participating country. This project will be launched in May of 2018, and a Worldwide Day of Botanical Art has been proclaimed, to take place on May 18, 2018. As that day travels around the world events will be shared on social media online so artists everywhere can watch the launch of at least 22 national exhibitions highlighting our planet’s precious biodiversity. This is a project that has never been attempted and people far and wide are contributing their time and expertise to the project’s success.

“ASBA will produce an expanded catalog, Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora, to deliver the messages of the exhibition and project to new audiences, and to produce a permanent record of the artworks and plants included. We would like to announce the award of a major grant in support of this catalog. Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment is an organization dedicated to excellence in botanical art and native plant conservation and use. They’ve published a successful book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the mid-Atlantic, and because of this success, have been able to provide grants to several conservation-related organizations and projects.”

Carol then introduced Karen, who spoke briefly: “Over a decade ago, the renowned botanical art teacher, one of the founders of ASBA, and currently an Honorary Director of ASBA, Anne-Marie Evans began teaching annual classes in Falls Church, Virginia. She soon realized the students needed a serious project to motivate them.

“As a result of Anne-Marie’s suggestion, we began our focus on native plants and organized a nonprofit corporation for the purpose of soliciting donations to support our project. Under the leadership of our first president, Bonnie Driggers, BAEE held a major exhibition at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington D.C., and published a book, which many ASBA members have purchased -THANK YOU!

“The proceeds realized through book sales are now being used to award grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to botanical art excellence and the use and conservation of native plants. In 2016, BAEE awarded over $46,000 and now is delighted to award ASBA a $15,000 grant for publication of the expanded catalog for their exhibition, Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora. According to Eileen Malone-Brown, BAEE’s current President and Chair of the Grants Committee, “This exhibition and supporting catalog is completely compatible with all of BAEE’s charter goals and, most excitingly, provides an opportunity to share our wonderful native plants with an international audience.”

BAEE Board Member Karen Ringstrand and ASBA Executive Director Diane Batson-Smith.
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Bonnie is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). She is a member of the Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), Immediate Past President of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), and Editor of the BAEE book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.