September 5 – October 12, 2014

Sculpture by Clarence Deming (1912-2003). Seymour Conservatory permanent collection. Photo: River Meschi

“Ancestor Figure” by Clarence Deming (1912-2003). Seymour Conservatory permanent collection. Photo: River Meschi

The Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park is one of Tacoma’s iconic landmarks – and now through October 12, 2014, it is the scene of a unique exhibition: “Ethnobotany: An Artists’ Study of Plants”.

Eleven featured artists in the Conservatory venture into the world of ethnobotany through recycled material, wood, textiles, glass, metal and ceramics. Ethnobotany is the study of the relationships that have existed between primitive cultures and plants across time and throughout the world. The plant kingdom supports human life as a source of food, medicine, textiles, shelter, transportation, and currency, as well as inspiration and ritual. In this show, modern artists explore ethnobotany through works that make often surprising connections between contemporary circumstance, art, science and our increasingly imperiled environment.


A 1908 architectural gem. Photo: River Meschi

Melissa Balch
Benjamin Cobb
Barbara De Pirro
Shannon Eakins/Marc Dombrosky
Jeremy Gregory
Steve Jensen
Doug Johnston
Lisa Kinoshita

Sabrina Knowles/Jenny Pohlman

Curator: Lisa Kinoshita
Photographer: River Meschi
Music: Alex Tapia

FINethnocropEthnobotany: An Artists’ Study of Plants – Sept. 5-Oct. 12, 2014
Seymour Botanical Conservatory, 316 South G St., Tacoma WA, 98405
Artists’ reception: Friday, September 5, 2014, 6-8pm. $3 admission. RSVP at 591-5330
Regular hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4:30pm; open until 7pm every third Thursday of the month
General admission: adults $3, kids 11 & under free. Admission is free every third Thursday of the month
Information: 253/ 591-5330 or contact Tyra Shenaurlt at

Learn more about ethnobotany, urban horticulture and food plants in the Conservatory lecture series – tickets available by phone (253/ 591-5330) or at the Conservatory.
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“Suspended Pod” by Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman. Photo: River Meschi


“Island Carving” by Steve Jensen. Photo: Jamie Brooks

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