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Alice Tangerini to Receive the Jill Smythies Award for Accomplishment in Botanical Illustration.

Alice Tangerini, Smithsonian Staff Portrait / NMNH
Alice Tangerini, Smithsonian Staff Portrait / NMNH

Alice Tangerini will receive the Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London on May 24, 2021 at their anniversary meeting, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm PDT. The Jill Smythies Award, a medal and £1000, is presented for accomplishment in botanical illustration to an artist “in recognition of excellence in published illustrations in aid of plant identification, with the emphasis on botanical accuracy and the accurate portrayal of diagnostic characteristics.”

Alice was the first (and only) staff illustrator for the Department of Botany at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution since she was hired in 1972. She is a long time member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). Alice has taught numerous workshops over the years for BAGSC members.

Alice's award was announced in 2020. Usually the award is given in person, on Linnaeus’s birthday, May 24 at the Society’s headquarters in London. Like everything else, the pandemic caused a change of plans. This year's meeting and awards presentation will be online, free, and open to the public around the world. Both last year's and this year's awards will be presented during the meeting.