The American Society of Botanical Artists’ 26th Annual Meeting and Conference is going virtual!

Join ASBA “Online in October” for a global gathering of botanical artists.


 If you have never been able to attend an ASBA Conference, now is your chance!

·  No plane tickets, no hotel, no travel

·  Enjoy 4+ days of immersion in all things “botanical art” from the comfort of your own home

·  Connect with botanical art enthusiasts from across the country (and around the world)

·  Share your passion, be inspired by the art and artistic journeys of your fellow ASBA members as you engage in the rich content being offered


 If you’re a regular conference attendee, you won’t want to miss out either. Although we had to cancel our plans to meet up in Mobile, Alabama this fall, we’re making “lemonade from lemons” as the saying goes and have put a virtual “twist” on our conference favorites for this first-ever online event. 


 We have an exceptional program in store for you that takes full advantage of the online format!

·  Flexible registration options will be available

·  Attend it all or whatever your schedule and budget allow 
(But we think you’ll want to do it ALL!)

·  No registration lottery or appointments necessary

·  All sessions will be open to an unlimited number of attendees

·  No filled sessions, no wait-lists

·  This is your opportunity to see your favorite artist/instructor demonstrate their unique approach to botanical art


 Wednesday, October 14th

·  Welcome Reception – ASBA 2020 Annual Program Review, a Virtual Tour of Splinter Hill Bog famous for its pitcher plants (Mobile, Alabama), and the Premiere of “Dare to be Square” our non-juried 2020 Small Works Exhibition with artwork by you, our virtual conference attendees

Thursday, October 15th

·  Master Demonstrations – Live 1-hour demo sessions by six different master artists 

·  “Portfolios & Passions” – Prolific ASBA-member artists present distinctive bodies of work, from the New York Times Garden Column to the Kalahari Desert, art for scientific publication, postage stamps, and retail products, collections of plant families, geographic regions, life cycle stages and more!

·  “Meet, Mix & Mingle” – See old friends and meet new ones at this member-only virtual social guided by your host, ASBA’s Facebook moderator, (un)official social director, and all-around life-of-the-party, Pauline Goldsmith!

Friday, October 16th

·  Master Demonstrations – Live 1-hour demo sessions by six different master artists

·  “Best of Botanicals” – Three special “Best of” programs (Business Practices for Artists, Beyond the Studio, and Beyond Accuracy)

·  “Meet, Mix & Mingle” – virtual social

Saturday, October 17th

·  Master Demonstrations – Live 1-hour demo sessions by six different master artists

·  “Bring Your Own Banquet” – Virtual fireside chat with botanical art celebrities, ASBA annual awards and capstone speaker – art historian Rebecca Albiani of Seattle presents the art and life of Maria Sibylla Merian.

·  “Meet, Mix & Mingle” – virtual social

Sunday, October 18th

·  Master Demonstrations – Live 1-hour demo sessions by three different master artists

·  Juror Training – Curate a mock exhibition as part of an interactive selection panel while learning and using ASBA’s criteria and process for jurying its International exhibitions.


·  August 7th: Detailed conference schedule posted on the ASBA website 

·  August 14th: Registration Information posted on the ASBA website

·  August 21st: Registration Opens and “Dare to be Square” small works exhibition entries accepted (Call for Entry HERE)

·  September 21st: “Dare to be Square” exhibition entry deadline

·  October 9th: Registration Closes

·  October 14th: Event Opens

Note: Master Demonstration sessions, “Meet, Mix, & Mingle” virtual socials, and Juror Training are open to ASBA members only. All other sessions are open to non-members. Tell your friends!

Please contact Jody Williams, ASBA Executive Director at execdirector@asba-art.org with any questions or comments.