In 2001, a group of artists working in the tradition of botanical illustration formed the Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC). Our not-for-profit organization supports members by promoting public awareness and appreciation of botanical art.
BAC launched its first website in 2006 and a new site in 2016. Our home page broadcasts news of interest to members, while other pages publish upcoming opportunities for botanical artists to exhibit their work or take workshops recommended or offered by BAC members. The website features a Members’ Gallery in which members post several current pieces of their work on a personal page that also has space for their biography, artist’s statement and contact information.
BAC hosts juried exhibitions which are open to all members. Acclaimed jurors select winners in several categories and offer a public critique of outstanding works at the exhibition reception.
Throughout its history, botanical illustration has encompassed both science and aesthetics. BAC's definition of botanical art continues this tradition. Our members' work combines scientific accuracy with aesthetically pleasing presentation, criteria that are central to our communications and exhibitions.
We invite everyone with similar interests to visit our membership page and join our community.
Botanical Artists of Canada
- Mission, Vision and Values -
To provide a sustainable and supportive community promoting, encouraging, and inspiring excellence in traditional and contemporary botanical art within Canada.
For botanical art and illustration to continue to be acknowledged and respected as a significant art form recognized for scientifically capturing the essence and characteristics of plants and fungi and to encourage ecological awareness, conservation, and the protection of the diversity of species for future generations.
Accuracy ~ BAC will uphold a high standard of artistic and botanical excellence. BAC values the fusion of scientific analysis and precise detail with the creative visual process of art.
Openness ~ BAC values both traditional and contemporary botanical art forms in differing media which lend themselves to accuracy of color and detail.
Inclusivity ~ BAC welcomes artists of varying skill levels and experience, collectors of botanical art, and those interested in botany, horticulture, ecology, conservation, and botanical art. Membership is open to individuals within Canada.
Education and Sharing ~ BAC encourages its members to extend their knowledge and skills to aid and enhance learning through classes, workshops, and lectures. BAC seeks to collaborate with other like-minded organizations to bring botanical art to broader audiences.
Celebration & Honor ~ BAC recognizes and honours its members’ works and achievements. BAC celebrates excellence in botanical art through juried exhibitions, member shows, and awards.
Contribution ~ BAC members offer their time and talents in advancing BAC’s vision and mission within the organization and at the local, regional, national and international level.
Approved by BAC Executive Group on March 18, 2016