Marjorie Leggitt receives ASBA Award of Excellence

Marj Leggitt botanical illustrationThe ASBA (American Society of Botanical Illustrators) recognizes artists who have made significant contributions to science through botanical art. These artist’s work must meet the requirements of scientific accuracy, technical proficiency, and aesthetics. In addition, the artist must have compiled a body of work that shows significant accomplishment in the field of scientific illustration. The recipient of this year’s biennial award, “ASBA Botanical Illustrator Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Art”, is our very own Marjorie Leggitt, Treasurer of the GNSI.

Marjorie has been a GNSI member since 1979 and a member of the ASBA since 2002. Although she considers herself an all-around “scientific illustrator”, much of her scientific art has been botanical in nature. As a college student in 1974, she began working in the field with her botany professor, Dr. Jack Carter. Their efforts resulted in the fully illustrated Trees and Shrubs of Colorado, a publication that is still in print. Since 1990, Marjorie has taught pen and ink, composition, perspective and various other classes in the Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program. Also in 1990, Marjorie began an ongoing collaboration with paleobotanists working as research artist and illustrator of prehistoric exhibits and professional papers. Today, Marjorie is a lead artist of the Flora of North America Magnoliophyta Vol 13 tome, having worked on volumes 9, 19, 20, and 21.

Recipients of the ASBA Botanical Illustrator Award include:

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