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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Losing Paradise?

Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World is a project of The American Society of Botanical Artists. At the convergence of art, science, conservation, and education, the exhibit includes 44 works of botanical art portraying endangered plants in a variety of media.

Having concluded its exhibitions at the Chicago Botanic Garden April 4th and at the Missouri Botanical Garden last fall, the exhibit will open at the New York Botanical Garden in May before travelling on to the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution later this year.

The catalog which accompanies the exhibition was edited by Carol Woodin, Exhibitions Coordinator for the ASBA.  The catalog includes the story of the plight of each specimen and how the artists came to depict them along with essays by some of the world's foremost scientists and conservation leaders; Peter H. Raven, President of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Professor Sir Peter Crane FRS of the University of Chicago, Dr. Kathryn Kennedy, President and Executive Director of the Center for Plant Conservation, Gary Krupnick, Ph.D., Head of the Plant Conservaton Unit, Department of Botany, at the Smithsonian Institution, and James S. Miller, Dean and Vice President for Science at the New York Botanical Garden. The catalog is available for sale at the exhibition venues or online from the American Society of Botanical Artists.

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