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Hunt Institute Request to Artists
As part of a multi-year photography initiative at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, we are working to photograph our entire Art collection. These photos are primarily for in-house purposes, but we would like to add small, 100 dpi thumbnails of the artwork to our Catalogue of the Botanical Art Collection at the Hunt Institute database, which is accessible on our Web site. These thumbnails will be of low-resolution, unable to be reproduced and still protected by copyright where applicable. Adding thumbnails of the 29,470 works in our Art collection to our online database not only will provide helpful information for researchers but also will give potential visitors and scholars the opportunity to see amazing examples of botanical art by historical masters and leading contemporary artists. To date we have photographed and added thumbnails for several collections that are out of copyright or are otherwise in the public domain.
Because this is a use not covered in the original donation or purchase agreement prior to 2010, we would like to contact all living artists (or their heirs) who have work in our collection to request permission to include thumbnail images in our database. We ask that any artist who has participated in our International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration series prior to the 13th International in 2010 and whose work is in our collection please contact:
Carrie RoyStating either “Yes, I grant permission for a thumbnail of my artwork to be included on the Web site” or “No, I do not wish for my artwork to have a thumbnail on the Web site.” Be sure to include updated contact information so that we can include it in our private records and contact you should there be any request involving your work.
Assistant Curator of Art
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890
Feel free to contact us with any questions you have about this issue, and please note that this is a multi-year project involving both a Web site re-design and extensive photography. Photos will be uploaded to the Web site in stages, and we cannot give an exact date for when any single artwork will appear.
Hunt Institute Sponsorship Program
Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt’s botanical collections of books, art, manuscripts, and portraits are known for their depth and fine quality, reflecting her enthusiasm and expertise in plants, gardens, books, and history. She was determined that her collections be “living” resourcesnot only preserved but also curated actively and used productively in the service of science and scholarship. To those ends, we continue to develop and enhance the collections at Hunt Institute, working to make them accessible and to preserve them for the future. We have an international audience and a small but growing group of interested donors. You can help to strengthen our collections and programs through monetary and/or material gifts.
We gratefully recognize donations in a variety of ways, such as with a letter of thanks, mention in our Bulletin and on our Web site, and through the use of donor bookplates. Of course, donors who wish to remain anonymous could be listed as such or may decline any official mention.
Monetary and Material Gifts
Monetary donations to Hunt Institute are tax deductible. Monetary gifts may be applied to our general operating fund or to the endowment generously established by the Roy A. Hunt Foundation to provide ongoing support for Hunt Institute. In addition to building the collections, gifts can be used for archival storage supplies, conservation and repair of collection material, digitizing and databasing projects, and production of publications. If you would like to expedite a current project or enable us to begin one, please let us know; special project support is always welcome. Or consider giving to one of the following funds:
Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden Art Acquisition Fund
This fund is named in honor of the late artist Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden (19072007). A 1930 graduate of Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), Anne Ophelia is considered America’s leading botanical artist of the past century. After working as a teacher and a textile designer, Anne Ophelia turned her attention to botanical illustration in the 1950s, embarking on another career. She worked from specimens to achieve correct and exacting details in her artworks and with botanists to ensure accuracy. Fascinated by the natural world and its connections, especially pollination, she wanted to educate, interest and engage the public about plants. To this end, she illustrated nine books and wrote and illustrated eleven for which she also did the design, layout and the publication preparation herself decades before desktop publishing. Her passion for botanical art, science and education made her so special and inspired a generation of artists. She also maintained numerous contacts with botanists, artists, and botanical gardens, and whenever she spotted new artistic talent, she made recommendations to the Hunt Institute.
The naming of this acquisition fund after Anne Ophelia is a fitting tribute to her legacy. Our restricted budget hampers the acquisition of works by artists, particularly those new to our series of International Exhibitions. Unlike funds in our regular budget, which are contingent on the fiscal year, monies in the Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden Art Acquisition Fund will remain available until needed. The purchase of artworks from this fund will enable us to support and recognize artists working in the genre of botanical art.
Our collection includes Anne Ophelia’s bequest of over 450 artworks from which we have organized several exhibitions and travel shows. In donating her artworks to the Institute, Anne Ophelia wanted them to be preserved, but she also wanted them to be accessible for study by botanical artists. This fund will allow us to preserve artworks by the current generation of botanical artists and make them available for study by the next.
Individuals, as well as botanical art societies and other organizations, may find this fund an attractive way to support the Hunt Institute. We are very pleased to thank Lotte H. Blaustein and the American Society of Botanical Artists for the first donations to this fund. For further information write Lugene Bruno, Curator of Art, Hunt Institute.
Ronald L. Stuckey Endowment for the Preservation of Botanical History
In 2003 Dr. Ronald L. Stuckey, professor emeritus of botany at The Ohio State University, established the Ronald L. Stuckey Endowment for the Preservation of Botanical History at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. This fund will help us to acquire and preserve photographs, biographical sketches, and obituaries of botanists, as well as books on botanical history and bibliography. We are grateful for Dr. Stuckey’s long-time interest in Hunt Institute, its collections and its mission. We welcome additional contributions to this fund from others who share our commitment to the preservation of botanical history.
Material gifts of artworks, books, papers, etc., are greatly appreciated. For more information about the types of material gifts that we are able to accept, please see the Archives, Art, Bibliography, and Library pages. Material not suitable for the collections will be returned promptly to the donor, or the donor can choose for the Institute to sell the items to raise funds, to offer them to another library, or (for published materials) to include them in the Institute’s duplicate sales.
We are happy to provide a letter of acknowledgment and a list of the material received, along with short descriptions if needed, but we are not permitted by the IRS, nor are we sufficiently knowledgeable, to make appraisals on items donated to us. If you have retained the purchase receipts connected with your gift(s), these might serve your tax purposes in lieu of an appraisal.
Memorial gifts are also welcome. For example, books purchased through your contribution can be marked with a donor bookplate upon request, acknowledging your gift in memory of or on behalf of someone.
Other Types of Contributions
There are other ways that you can help. Take our biographical record forms to distribute at scientific or botanical art meetings to help swell our biographical files. If you see botanical biographies and obituaries, drop a note to our Archivist about them. Send us notices about botanists that appear in newspapers, magazines and other regional or non-botanical publications. If you know of a group that will be meeting in or visiting Pittsburgh, suggest that they contact us about a group visit to Hunt Institute.
Please don’t hesitate to confer with us about any proposed gift, including its use and acknowledgment. We appreciate your involvement, and we thank you for your interest.
Archives Collection List
Finding aids for individual collections have been linked from the Archives Collection List for Michel Adanson (17271806), Paul Hamilton Allen (19111963), an Anonymous collector of Narcissus, William Andrew Archer (18941973), Liberty Hyde Bailey (18581954), Peter René Oscar Bally (18951980), Rudolph Beer (18731940), Charles Edwin Bessey (18451915), Bernard Boivin (19161985), Botanical Garden of Padua, Botanical Society of AmericaPacific Section, Adolphe Théodore Brongniart (18011876), Joachim Camerer (15341598), Harold Trevor Clifford (1927), 11th International Botanical Congress (Seattle, 1969), David Grandison Fairchild (18691954), Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Aerzte, Edward Lee Greene (8431915), Frederick Joseph Hermann (19061987), Hunt Botanical Library, John Hutchinson (18841972), Hugo Iltis (18821952), Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin (17271817), Jean Francois De Galaup (Comte) de La Perouse (17411788), George Hill Mathewson Lawrence (19101978), John Bernhard Leiberg (18531913), Willem Daniel Margadant (19161997), Mildred Esther Mathias (19061995), Franz Carl Mertens (17641831), Philip Miller (16911771), Benjamin Yoe Morrison (18911966), Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (17611836), David Prain (18571944), Joseph Rock (18841962), Velva Rudd (19101999), Norman Hudson Russell (1921), William Edwin Safford (18591926), Arthur Moreland Scott (18881963) and Charles Swingle (18991978). More finding aids will be added soon. PDFs of thumbnails of individual and group portraits and biographical citations for many of the above subjects have been added to the individual collection pages.
Current & Coming Events
| For the latest information about our exhibitions, please visit the Exhibitions page.
Join us Thursday, 20 March 2014, 5–7 PM for an opening reception for Duets, our spring exhibition. At 5:30 PM Curator of Art Lugene B. Bruno will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery.
Open House 2014
In conjunction with Duets, the Hunt Institute will hold its annual Open House on Sunday, 29 June. We will offer a talk, a gallery tour and opportunities to meet one-on-one with our staff to ask questions and see items in the collections. “Botanical exploration in the Americas” by Assistant Librarian Jeannette McDevitt, Curator of Art Lugene Bruno and Archivist J. Dustin Williams will include curatorial conversations about three explorers to the Americas who were interested in medicinal and economic plants and ethnography. Displayed will be related publications, original artwork and archival materials from the Hunt Institute collections. McDevitt will feature Spain’s 16th-century court physician Francisco Hernández (1514–1587), the first scientific explorer in the New World (1570–1577), with resulting publications; Bruno will discuss the physician Martín de Sessé y Lacasta (1751–1808) and his work with Jose Mariano Mociño (1757–1820) during the Spanish Royal Expedition to New Spain (1787–1803) that explored the Caribbean, Mexico and northern Central America, showing the resulting illustrations intended for a published flora; and Williams will talk about the botanist and plant collector William Andrew Archer (1894–1973) and his explorations in Mexico and Central and South America for the USDA in the 1930s, with field diaries, reports and photographs. We encourage everyone to consider visiting us during this Open House. It will be a good time to see the exhibition before it closes and to have an inside look at our collections and our work. We are looking forward to your visit.
Open House 2014 Schedule PDF
Cabinet of Curiosities
On display during spring 2014 in our Cabinet of curiosities located in the lobby will be the field notebooks of Emma Lucy Braun (1889–1971), author of the influential Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America (1950), from our Archives collection.
Please contact the hosting institution to confirm the booking dates and to receive more information.
For more information, please visit the Travel Exhibitions page. To schedule an exhibition, please contact the Curator of Art at email@example.com.
Catalogue [of the] 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration