Alumni Events

The Temple University Ambler Institutional Advancement Office, the Ambler Arboretum, Office of Student Life and academic departments host numerous events throughout the year. Our Temple Ambler Campus Alumni and School of Environmental Design alumni are always welcome to return to campus to take in a lecture, sporting event, performance or special event!

Exhibition: Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators

Now through Sunday, October 11

Ambler Campus Learning center

Visit the third floor of the Ambler Campus Learning Center and you will find a treasure trove of original artwork presented by members of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators.

The 42 pieces presenting a full range of sizes and subjects will be on display through Sunday, October 11. The goal of the exhibit is to provide a visual educational tool for students at Ambler Campus, presenting botanical illustration as both an art form and a potential career choice.

Additional information, purchase inquires and note cards are available in the Ambler Campus Administration Building. A percentage of the proceeds from sales of the artwork will support the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University.

What distinguishes botanical illustration from a general floral painting? An illustrator accurately depicts the details of plant morphology, color, form and function for the purpose of scientific study. The skillful illustrator also arranges the drawing or painting with an eye toward creating an artistically pleasing composition and achieves artistic depth and vision; with the absence of supports from items such as vases, tablecloths, other still-life objects, background images or landscapes.

The Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators was founded in 1997 by Arleen Weinstein and Joan Leonard. Both women were participants in a botanical art course sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and held at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Classes were taught by Louisa Rawle Tiné, who traveled weekly from New York, (where she also taught at New York Botanical Garden in the Botanical Illustration Certificate Program) to teach a small but stalwart group of fledgling botanical artists. Another member of the class, Ann Biggs, was also taking botanical illustration classes at Longwood Gardens under the tutelage of botanical artist Joan Frain. Together, these two classes formed the core of PSBI’s early membership. Today, the society is 72 members strong.

For more information, contact llowe@temple.edu or 267-468-8440.