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Florilegium: Creating A Plant Compendium

Obi, Japan, mid- to late-20th century, brocade silk. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Kazuko Miyake, 2016/2.25

ART AND DESIGN 352 – Stamps School of Art and Design

Faculty Curator: Cathy Barry (Stamps School of Art and Design; UM Biological Station)

On view: Winter 2022

In this course, students will create a handmade book of drawings and paintings inspired by a semester-long investigation into wide-ranging topics relating to plants, art, design, and nature.

In developing their compendium, students will draw inspiration from the ways artists engage with the shapes, life systems, and cultural meanings of plant life, while incorporating hands-on fieldwork, library research, and studio activity.

Works Included In This Collection

Karl Blossfeldt
rotogravure on paper
Albert G. Richards
radiograph on paper
Gabor Peterdi
color etching on paper
Warren Lombard
graphite on paper
19th century
John James Audubon
hand-colored aquatint on paper
Eduardo Arcenio Chavez
oil on canvas


Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick, the Eleanor Noyes Crumpacker Endowment Fund, and the Oakriver Foundation.