"Visual Voyages" Seminar at The Huntington
with Lugene Bruno and Alice Tangerini

Friday, November 3, 2017 – Sunday, November 5, 2017

at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

This symposium is being held in conjunction with The Huntington's exhibition “Visual Voyages,” part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.

Participants can register for one or more (or all) of the seminar components. BAGSC members have first option. Individual prices are listed with each description; price for the complete seminar package is listed below.

Complete Seminar Cost (everything included, except individual portfolio reviews)
BAGSC Members: $150
Non-Members: $175

To register, send a $50 non-refundable deposit (or full amount), check made out to BAGSC, with "Visual Voyages" on the subject line. Email the BAGSC Education Chair to find out the mailing address, OR bring a check with you to the BAGSC Quarterly Meeting on September 23, 2017.

Remaining balance is due by October 20, 2017.

Bring your lunch, or purchase lunch at the many cafés or food-stops at The Huntington.

Please download and fill out the Registration Form to send in with your payment.

Questions? Contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

Seminar descriptions and individual component costs:

Friday, November 3
Wine and cheese reception: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Private "Visual Voyages" Seminar and Exhibition Tour led by Lugene Bruno and Alice Tangerini: 5:00 pm - 7 pm. The seminar will be a discussion of the artwork in the exhibition and will compare and contrast the artwork to contemporary botanical art.
BAGSC Members: $50/person
Non-members: $60/person
Limited to a maximum of 30 participants

Saturday, November 4
Round Table Discussion and Tour of “In Pursuit of Flora: 18th-Century: Botanical Drawings from The Huntington’s Art Collections.” “In Pursuit of Flora” pulls work from The Huntington’s collection to reveal 18th-century European appreciation for the beauty of the natural world. Lugene Bruno and Alice Tangerini will lead a tour of this exhibition and discussion of the artwork, as it compares to the “Visual Voyages” exhibition and contemporary botanical art.using examples from The Huntington's private collection, led by Lugene Bruno and Alice Tangerini: 9:30 am - noon.
BAGSC Members: $30/person
Non-members: $35/person
Limited to a maximum of 30 participants

A (fun!), practical demonstration of pressing and preserving plants for future drawing and painting, and secret recipes for “restoring" preserved samples to use for drawing and painting. Alice Tangerini: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
BAGSC Members: $30/person
Non-members: $35/person
Limited to a maximum of 30 participants

Individual Portfolio Reviews. Lugene Bruno will provide private portfolio critiques by appointment, one-half hour each: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Reviews will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis for the best time possible for your schedule, and for Lugene’s.
BAGSC Members: $50/person
Not available to non-members

Sunday, November 5
Botanical Scientific Illustration Workshop. Pencil on film (see example at right), Alice Tangerini: 10:00 am - 2:15 pm. A hands-on workshop using live specimens. Workshop will break for lunch. Lunch will not be provided; please bring your own, or feel free to purchase lunch at one of The Huntington's cafés. Please be advised that the cafés can be crowded on the weekends.
BAGSC Members: $30/person
Non-members: $35/person
Limited to a maximum of 16 participants

Please note: the workshop costs above do not include materials. BAGSC will purchase some of the materials in bulk to save money for participants; materials supplied by Alice Tangerini will cost approximately $15 per person. All other materials on the list above are the responsibility of the workshop participant.

This workshop is now full. Please contact the BAGSC Education Chair if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

Individual Portfolio Reviews. Lugene Bruno will provide private portfolio critiques by appointment, one-half hour each: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Reviews will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis for the best time possible for your schedule, and for Lugene’s. Please only request an appointment within the allotted time frame; we may not be able to accommodate other times due to other scheduled seminar activities.
BAGSC Members: $50/person
Not available to non-members

"Hidden Treasures: The rediscovery of art treasures in our collections" Public Lecture with Alice Tangerini, Smithsonian Institution and Lugene Bruno, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in Rothenberg Hall.
Non-members: FREE
Limited to a maximum of 250 participants

Lugene Bruno and Alice Tangerini will present an illustrated lecture on missing artworks that were rediscovered in and curated for their museum collections. These art pieces represent historical events and important discoveries or were created for publications in the realm of science and art. They may have been stored in places where their presence was not easily detected; sometimes amongst old boxes of artifacts, in the files of herbarium specimens or even catalogued as another kind of object.

Artists such as Frederick Walpole (1861–1904), Paulus Roetter (1806–1894), Isaac Sprague (1811–1895) and Mary Emily Eaton (1873–1961) portrayed each plant subject with aesthetic beauty and scientific accuracy.

Walpole divided his time between Washington D.C. for the USDA and field trips to the Northwest as far as Alaska, during which time he made field drawings, watercolors and exquisite ink drawings that resemble fine line engravings. His talent was extinguished at 43 when he died of typhoid while working in California.

Isaac Sprague, a self-taught artist, and one-time assistant to John James Audubon, was one of the most prolific illustrators of the 19th century and, from his home in Massachusetts, he drew in pencil and ink illustrations for published descriptions of native floras and plants collected during exploring expeditions and railroad surveys by some of the most important botanists of the period.

Paulus Roetter, an émigré from Germany went on to create some of the finest drawings of the cactus family while accompanying the botanist George Engelmann on one of the government boundary surveys in the Southwest from 1853–1854. Engelmann named the cactus Cereus roetteri in honor of this artist’s skill.

Mary Emily Eaton contributed drawings and watercolors for a four-volume opus, Britton’s The Cactaceae (1919–1923), while working as a scientific illustrator for the New York Botanical Garden. She lost her job during the depression and returned to England where she exhibited her work over the years.

Each artwork has a storied past, and the history and the images of the artist’s field studies and finished drawings and paintings that were rediscovered in the collections will be featured in this presentation. By curating, cataloging and imaging these art works the Smithsonian Institution and the Hunt Institute preserve for the future a part of American history.


This special seminar is co-sponsored by The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Gardens and BASGC. The information about this seminar is contained on BAGSC's website and blog; there is no information about the complete seminar on The Huntington's website. If you have questions, or need additional information, please contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

The workshop will be held at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, in the Botanical Education Center. The Huntington is located at: 1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108.

The Botanical Scientific Illustration workshop will be located in one of the Brody Botanical Center labs. Please note that these are working labs. No food or drink is allowed. There are tables outside the lab to leave your drinks and lunches. Eating is not allowed on The Huntington's grounds, except in designated areas.

Parking and Entrance:

Parking is free at The Huntington. You do not need to go through the front gate to attend the seminar events; entry to The Huntington is included with the seminar fee(s). Park in the smaller parking lot to the right as you face the main entrance and walk directly to the small building to the right, the Botanical Education Center, in front of the Children's Garden. A map of The Huntington's grounds can be downloaded from their website.

Directions from surface streets, freeways and public transportation are also available on their website, in addition to accessibility, hours and dining information.

About the "Visual Voyages" Exhibition at The Huntington, Boone Gallery

"Visual Voyages" is a sweeping international loan exhibition currently showing at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery.

The exhibition explores how the depiction of Latin American nature contributed to art and science from the late 1400s to the mid-1800s. “Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin,” runs through Jan. 8, 2018, and features more than 150 paintings, rare books, illustrated manuscripts, prints, and drawings from The Huntington’s holdings as well as from dozens of other collections from all over the world. Many of these works are on view for the first time in the United States.

The exhibition is complemented by a richly illustrated book, along with an array of other programs and exhibitions, including an installation created by Mexican experimental composer Guillermo Galindo. The exhibition is a part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art that involves more than 70 arts institutions across Southern California. The press release and information about related lectures and seminars can be found on The Huntington's website.

About the Instructors

Lugene Bruno

Lugene Bruno,
Curator of Art & Senior Research Scholar, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Since 1996, Lugene Bruno has held a position at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation where she has immersed herself in the collection. She is responsible for all activities of the Art Department, including the curation of the art collection and twice-yearly exhibitions in the Institute’s gallery (most notably the triennial International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration). She designs the exhibitions and companion catalogues; provides talks and tours related to collection items on site and at botanical conferences; responds to research requests; and makes available for study selections of the art collection to visiting scholars, students and artists. She is an honorary member of several botanical art and florilegia societies in the United States and abroad. Bruno is also a practicing artist working with the concepts of gestural abstraction and employing the mediums of photography and graphite drawing.

Painting by Frederick Andrews Walpole.

Painting by Frederick Andrews Walpole (1861–1904).

The Art Department of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon has 805 mostly pencil and ink drawings and watercolors by Frederick Andrews Walpole (1861–1904) on indefinite loan from the Smithsonian Institution.

Used with permission from the Hunt.

Alice Tangerini

Alice Tangerini,
Staff Illustrator, Department of Botany, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

As a Staff Illustrator for the Botany Department at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Alice Tangerini has been specializing in drawing plants in pen and ink and graphite since 1972 and now her illustration media includes digital color.She has illustrated at least 1000 species of plants appearing in scientific periodicals, floras, and botanical and nature books. Most of her subjects are based on the Department’s extensive collection of over 4 million herbarium specimens.Alice also teaches classes in illustration techniques, presents lectures on botanical illustration and juries shows in botanical gardens and in academic institutions.She has exhibited her botanical artwork in numerous shows connected with the botanical and scientific illustration societies of which she is also a member. Her responsibilities in the department also include managing and curating an extensive collection of botanical illustrations, both historical and contemporary, which are available for viewing on the Department of Botany website.

  • Alice Tangerini

    Alice Tangerini

    Cola korupensis, © Alice Tangerini

  • Alice Tangerini

    Alice Tangerini

    Gymnanthemum koekemoerae, polycarbonate pencil on drafting film, © Alice Tangerini.

  • Alice Tangerini

    Alice Tangerini

    Globba sherwoodiana, © Alice Tangerini

  • Alice Tangerini

    Alice Tangerini

    Platycarphella-parvifolia, © Alice Tangerini