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Marilyn Garber is the founder of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a Past-President of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama, the Queen Sirikit Royal Botanical Garden in Thailand, the Dahlem Botanical Garden and Museum in Berlin, Germany, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York, the Bell Museum of Natural HIstory and the Science Museum of Minnesota.





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Robert Bergad holds degrees in botany from both West Virginia University and the University of Minnesota where his graduate studies explored the morphology and distribution of fossil pollen and spores and their application to solving paleontological and geological questions. For the past 35 years he has taught a variety of botany and biology courses at various area colleges, including the University of Minnesota, Hamline University, University of St. Thomas, Century College, and Metropolitan State University. Most recently at the College of Visual Arts he taught Botany Through Art and Plants and Society, courses that enable students to make connections between basic plant morphology, plant history and plant use to the fine arts. Both courses require students to scrutinize critical botanical features and to prepare accurate pencil drawings expressing those details. Over the years Bergad has led a popular series of plant-oriented field trips for the Bell Museum of Natural History and for adult community education. As an avid gardener he cultivates more than 200 varieties of plants on his small Minneapolis yard where he attempts to create a colorful palette of varying texture throughout the growing season.


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Kathy Creger is a botanical artist and an avid orchid collector. She is the Past President of the Minnesota Orchid Society and judge for the Orchid Society of America. Kathy’s work has been exhibited at the Weisman Museum, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Royal Horticultural Society in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she was awarded a silver-gilt medal. Her illustrations are included in several publications.

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Euphorbia horrida by Nancy Gehrig
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Nancy Gehrig is from the rural Midwest and loved drawing from early on which led to a degree in Fine Arts. Her career started in medical illustration and graphic design. Owning a small hobby farm developed her passion for botany and the natural world. Nancy has shown with the Royal Horticultural Society and her work has been including in exhibitions at the New York Botanical Garden, the ASBA.HSNY International Exhibit, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Gallery at Fioli in Woodside, California, with the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and regionally in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.


Lynne Gildensoph is a Professor of Biology of St. Catherine Univeristy, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1993. She regularly teaches plant biology and plant physiology courses, and has recently jointly designed and taught a class, call the Art of Biology, with an art colleague. She has been taking classes at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art for a number of years in order to connect more closely with plants and to gain an art perspective on the subjects of her research.



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Sumac by Linda Medved Lufkin
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Linda Medved Lufkin earned her Bachelor of Art degree in painting from Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, specializing in figures in oils. After graduating from college she worked as a fine art framer, cook, and baker. While developing her skills in the quilt arts, dying fabric and gardening, she then moved into a fifteen-year career at Wanda, Inc. as a decorative painter in and around the Twin Cities area. She specialized in painting murals, nurseries, children’s rooms and floral details. Linda is now learning everything she can about the world of botanical art and began studying at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art in 2014 and feels that she has found a home that fits her painting style, her love of nature, of light on form and her love of the small details that make a painting come to life. Her work has been shown at the MSBA Biennial at the Bakken Museum, the Great River Chapter Inspired by Nature exhibit. She received an Honorable Mention Award from the American Society of Botanical Artists in 2015. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Great River Chapter of the ASBA.


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Illustration by Julie Martinez
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Julie Martinez is a free-lance scientific illustrator specializing in the areas of natural history and medical illustration. She received her degree in fine art and biology at the University of Wisconsin. Her work appears in numerous publications.


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MaryAnne O’Malley’s work in landscapes and botanical fabrications for museums and visitor centers in the United States furthered her interest and knowledge of the natural environment. Her botanical paintings have been exhibited at the New York Horticulture Society, the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, and the American Society of Botanical Artists exhibitions at Fioli Gardens, San Francisco, Flinn Gallery and the Weisman Museum in Minneapolis.
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Anna Rosenthal will receive her degree from St. Thomas. She studied Studio Art with a Graphic Design concentration at St. Catherine University. Anna started taking courses at The Minnesota School of Botanical Art when she was fourteen years old. From a young age she fell in love with botanical art, which combines her interest of nature with art. After graduation, Anna is excited to continue her career as a botanical artist and graphic designer as well as share her passion for botanical art with younger students. Anna’s work has been shown at The University of St. Thomas in the Botanicals In All Their Wonder exhibit, the MSBA Biennial at the Bakken Museum and the Great River Chapter annual exhibition.



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Tim Voigts is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator who has worked in the Twin Cities for the last twenty years. He received his degree in fine art at the University of Iowa. His interests include native plants and plant communities. Tim is a member of the Minnesota Native Plant Society.

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Wild Raspberry by Denise Walser-Kolar

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Denise Walser-Kolar earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Commercial Illustration from the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After graduating from college, she worked in the Graphics Department at Mayo Clinic for nearly ten years before starting her own graphic design business. She began taking classes at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art in 2003 and started teaching botanical art in 2006. Denise received the ASBA’s Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in 2015. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions including the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Bakken Museum, Fioli, Huntington Gardens, several ASBA exhibitions, and Focus on Nature XI at the New York State Museum. She was awarded a Silver-Gilt Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in London for her series of paintings of The Hybrid Hazelnuts of Badgersett Research Farm. Her work is held in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University. She is represented by Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper.
Denise lives and paints in Rochester, Minnesota. 

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Bruce Wilson comes from a fine art and commercial art background, receiving his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His art has been exhibited in many one-person shows as well as juried exhibitions. He received Best of Show in the New York Horticulture Society Exhibition in 2006. He is the 2007 recipient of the Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden grant awarded by the American Society of Botanical Artists. Bruce recently completed illustrations for a book about the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, the oldest wildflower garden in the United States.