Botanical Art Resources
The botanical art resources listed in this section are meant to be a helpful, curated list of websites offering information and tools about botanical art, art supplies, botany, gardens, herbariums and more, listed in alphabetical order by subject.
Clicking on a link will open the website in a new tab. BAGSC makes no endorsement of any of the organizations listed below, and is not responsible for the content of any of these websites.
If you have a website reference or resource you think would be of interest, please contact the BAGSC Communications Committee.
Arts and Related Organizations
with a focus on botanical art
and/or related fields
Botanical Art Instructors and Classes
BAGSC Members (who teach botanical art) • Links to ASBA class listings • Find a teacher •
Resources in the fields of botany
and related scientific research,
as well as the science of color
Business of Art
Copyright • Contracts •
Grants • and more
Digital and Technology
Using the BAGSC website •
Zoom with BAGSC • Digital techniques (Photoshop)
Gardens • Herbariums •
Nurseries • and other
for a presentation
or a botanical art
your organization or class
Tips and tricks for materials,
specimens, and art
Support BAGSC and ASBA
Both the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC) and our parent organization, the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) are non-profit organizations that depend on members and donors to support their missions.
Support can include monetary donations, sponsorship, volunteering time, contributing auction items and more. Click here to contact BAGSC's President to discuss donations and sponsorships, or here to visit ASBA's website to learn more.
You also can support BAGSC and ASBA when you shop!
Support BAGSC through AmazonSmile
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets Amazon customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to BAGSC. It's that simple!
There is no cost to BAGSC or to AmazonSmile customers to participate in this program. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate to the charitable organizations selected by customers.
There is no charge to BAGSC for participation and BAGSC is not charged any fees from the donation amount, nor is any money deducted from the donations.
Two Ways to Support ASBA when Shopping
ASBA also has an AmazonSmile account, which can be accessed through the ASBA website by clicking here.
Buying art supplies from Dick Blick? Shop online at Blick Art Materials by going to ASBA's website first! Go to https://asba-art.org/support-us/dick-blick, then click the link on that page to Blick Art Materials. ASBA receives a portion of your purchase price when you link to Dick Blick's website from ASBA's website.
American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA)
Information, education and inspiration for all who appreciate contemporary botanical art. The ASBA is the parent organization for BAGSC. Links to ASBA Chapters and Circles can be found on their website, as well as a wealth of information about botanical art, galleries of ASBA members' artwork, and more. Offices for the American Society of Botanical Artists are generously provided by The New York Botanical Garden.
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
A research division of Carnegie Mellon University, The Hunt Institute specializes in the history of botany, botanical art and plant sciences. The Institute is a premier resource for artists, botanists, historians, conservationists, librarians, biographers and the public, and pursues the acquisition of contemporary botanical art and illustration.
In 1964, the Institute established the triennial International exhibition. At every International opening since 1995, the Institute has collaborated with the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), which has held their annual meeting and conference in conjunction with the International exhibition opening.
The Hunt Institute will host the 16th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration in fall 2019 (dates to be determined). The exhibition is open to all botanical artists and illustrators working in any medium (except photography) on paper or vellum, whose work has achieved a standard of excellence and who have not previously shown in the International series. Artists wishing to be considered for the 16th International should download the 16th International Submission Guidelines PDF. Please read the submission guidelines carefully, and then complete and send the 16th International Intent to Submit Form via email or post by 2 February 2018. The completed 16th International Submission Form must be received via email or post by 15 June 2018.
Any recommendations of artists whose work would be appropriate for the 16th International should be directed to: Lugene Bruno, Curator of Art.
4909 FREW STREET, 5TH FLOOR, HUNT LIBRARY PITTSBURGH, PA 15213
For a complete list of the artists represented in all of the International Exhibition of Botanical Art, download the Cumulative Index of Artists PDF. For descriptions of and information about ordering catalogues, see the International series catalogues page.
ArtPlantae encourages awareness of plants through art, science and interpretation.
Founded in 2002 by BAGSC member Tania Marien, ArtPlantae began as an Artists’ Herbarium and newsletter. Today ArtPlantae in an important resource, supporting botanical artists, naturalists and educators in formal and informal learning environments with information about botany, botanical art, learning tools, and environmental education.