In order to share its expanding collection of botanical artworks with as broad a community as possible, the Institute administers a travel exhibition program. This program gives museums, schools, botanic gardens, arboreta, garden clubs and other interested organizations the opportunity to display in their own facilities the same fine botanical art and illustration that has been displayed in the Institute's gallery during its exhibitions. All exhibition artworks are shipped ready to hang, and checklists or brochures are provided. The brief exhibition titles given below link to full descriptions, and further information about loan conditions and reservations is available at the end of this page.
International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration
An exhibition of artworks from the Hunt Institute’s permanent collection has been selected from our 13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration. This travel exhibition features watercolors, prints and drawings by 68 artists from 15 countries and is available until August 2013.
Example of 15 works in the exhibition
13th International PDF
John Wilkinson's Trees
These 48 artworks by John Wilkinson are the original, complete set of illustrations for Collins Handguide to the Trees of Britain and Northern Europe (London, 1978) now in the Hunt Institute's collection. The paintings include trees that can be seen in the woods, forests, hedges, parks, gardens and town streets of the British Isles and northern Europe.
John Wilkinson has held a number of one-man exhibitions in London and has won medals for his paintings from the Royal Horticultural Society. He has also illustrated guides to mushrooms and toadstools, butterflies and moths, cats, and the countryside. Wilkinson's work was included in the Hunt Institute's 5th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, 1983, Botanical Watercolors by British Artists Andrew Brown and John Wilkinson, 1995 and Gifts of Winter, 2000. His work is included in several private collections including the Dr. Shirley Sherwood collection, London. He occasionally holds residential painting courses in England and continues to paint a wide range of subjects.
Poisons in our path: Watercolors by Anne Ophelia Dowden
This exhibition of 42 original watercolors by Anne Ophelia Dowden shows us that despite the poisonous qualities of these plants, they also hold much beauty and interest, and give us a new respect for the parts they play in nature to harm and to heal. It also shows the importance of precise scientific identification rather than reliance on common names that vary all over the world.
All of these paintings were used to illustrate her book Poisons in Our Path: Plants That Harm and Heal. They were based on research paintings she made from living specimens over several years. She also wrote the text, designed the layout of the book, and prepared everything for publication. Mrs. Dowden ceased painting and made a gift of her brushes after Harper Collins published this book in 1994.
Yuuga: Contemporary Botanical Watercolors from Japan
The title Yuuga, which translates as elegant, graceful and refined, aptly describes the 35 artworks by 29 artists. This exhibit represents a selection of the best contemporary botanical art that has been produced in Japan in the last 40 years. Many of the artworks were added to the Hunt Institute’s collection from its International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, a triennial series that has occurred since 1964.
Example of 15 works in the exhibition
For current travel exhibitions "on tour" across the country, please see the News and Events page.
Description of Exhibition Artworks
Artworks are ready to hang and are framed in gold metal molding with Plexiglass, in sizes ranging from 20 x 16 to 34 x 26 inches. Labels generally are not provided (except for "Poisons in our path," which comes with descriptive labels and text panels), but the frames are numbered to correspond with their checklist entries. Borrowers may arrange artworks in the exhibition space according to their own preferences. One hundred checklists are furnished free of charge with each engagement; additional copies may be ordered at our cost of 50 cents each. (Duplication of the checklist, in whole or in part, is prohibited, but you may format your own publication with text and images that we can supply on a disk.) Shipping crates are 28 x 31 x 38 inches.
Conditions of Loan
The borrower must protect the artworks from exposure to direct sunlight or unfiltered fluorescent light, and from extremes of temperature and humidity, and also must provide a continuously monitored secure area for their display.
The borrower must provide all-risk, wall-to-wall insurance coverage, including coverage while the exhibitions are in transit, shipped by delicate material shipper, to and/or from Pittsburgh. Prior to an exhibition's shipment from the Institute, the borrower must execute a standard loan agreement and provide a certificate of insurance coverage naming the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation as insured.
We permit bookings only in the continental United States. Anyone interested in booking a traveling exhibition must complete the Application to Borrow and mail it to the Curator of Art at the address below. If your application meets our standards for security and facility conditions, a Loan Agreement will be sent.
Application to Borrow
Valuations, rental fees and shipping fees will be provided upon request.
Exhibitions are lent for display periods of up to 60 days at the standard rental fees. Longer periods require payment of additional fees.
Reservations and Shipment
Reservations (subject to prior engagement) should be made no less than 90 days before desired opening dates. Shows will be shipped by delicate material shipper at least two weeks prior to the borrower's opening date. The Institute makes all shipping arrangements, but cannot be held responsible for undue delays in delivery.
Photographs for non-commercial publicity purposes are provided to borrowers.
Further Information and Reservations:
Curator of Art
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
FAX (412) 268-5677