From Plant Press, Vol. 21, No. 2, April 2018.
Botanical illustrations by Alice Tangerini are currently on view in three different exhibitions. Tangerini shows her mixed media (graphite and watercolor on drafting film) of Camellia sasanqua in an exhibition of botanical and landscape art, “The Spirit in Bloom 2018,” at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The show, sponsored by the All Hallows Guild, opened on 15 April 2018. Artworks on display are by artists of the Cathedral Community and the Botanical Arts Society of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), of which Tangerini is a member. A number of staff members from Smithsonian’s Botany Department were present at the opening reception. The exhibit closes 18 May 2018.
Tangerini’s pen and ink illustrations of Pentagramma glanduloviscida and Hibiscadelphus stellatus are included in the exhibit, “Botanical Art Worldwide: America's Flora,” a juried exhibition of artworks of native plants, staged in the Conservatory Gallery of the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) opening 4 May 2018. A collaboration of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and USBG, the exhibition includes 46 original contemporary botanical artworks, juried from a field of over 200 entries. On 18 May, the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art, USBG will host three programs for visitors; a lecture, Botanical Art Worldwide: 6 Continents, 25 Countries, 1 Worldwide Project; a public program, Meet the Artists: Botanical Art Worldwide: America's Flora; and a reserved program, Behind-the-Scenes: Botanical Art Worldwide: America's Flora. The exhibit will remain on view at USBG through October 2018, and then travel through the end of 2019. The exhibit website can be viewed at https://www.usbg.gov/botanical-art-worldwide-americas-flora.
Tangerini’s illustration of Vernonia echioides received a “Highly Commended” award in the 2018 Margaret Flockton Award contest held yearly at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia. The Margaret Flockton Award commemorates the contribution Margaret Flockton made to Australian scientific botanical illustration. This contest invites illustrators from around the world to submit scientifically accurate drawings that accompany the published taxonomic description of the plant, and are highly detailed black and white drawings primarily undertaken in pen and ink, pencil, or digitally rendered. The Maple Brown Family and the Foundation & Friends of the Botanic Gardens sponsor this annual, international award for excellence in scientific botanical illustration. Illustrations are on display at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney from 21 April to 6 May 2018, and travel to The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan (May–July 2018) and to The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah (August–September 2018). The exhibit website is https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/botanical-illustration/the-margaret-flockton-award-2017.