Nature is Art—a Q & A with Chicago Botanic Garden’s Harriet Resnick

This year marks the beginning of a wonderful partnership between the American Craft Exposition (ACE) and the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Garden—which opened more than 40 years ago in its current location— is a living museum dedicated to the beauty found in nature. Designed by world-class architects, the Garden and its facilities are sure to provide a stunning backdrop to the exquisite works of art on display at ACE.

Circle Garden 20130708_2003We had a chance to catch up with Harriet Resnick, Vice President of Visitor Experience and Business Development at the Garden, and ask her what artists and patrons alike will have to look forward to at ACE’s new home.

1. 2015 marks the first year ACE will be held at the Chicago Botanic Garden. What do you see as the most exciting component of this new relationship?

The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem’s purpose to promote health and wellness is perfectly aligned with the Garden’s mission to cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.

2. With 50,000+ member households – the 3rd largest of any of the Chicago area’s cultural institutions after the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brookfield Zoo – ACE is sure to welcome Garden members as new patrons coming through the Show. What do you think they will enjoy most about ACE?

ACE is a nationally recognized and celebrated event, filled with a stunning array of the finest artistry in various media. Garden members have an affinity towards beautiful things, and hence this event is right in the wheelhouse of so many of our members.

3. Many of our ACE artists have been exhibiting at the show for 20+ years. What exciting changes can they look forward to while presenting at the Garden?

Visitor CenterThe beauty of the Garden will only serve to enhance the beauty of their work. Everywhere you turn at the Garden, there is a gorgeous vista or stunning display. Guests to ACE will stroll through the Garden’s Crescent and Heritage Gardens before entering ACE – a perfect setting to get them in the mood to see the amazing works of art inside.

4. Do you have a ‘must see’ ACE artists and patrons should carve out time to experience while at the Garden?

All of the Garden’s 26 display gardens are worth mentioning but, of course, the Japanese and English Walled Gardens are two of our most popular and are close enough to the Regenstein Center that they can steal away for a few minutes to enjoy.

5. Many of the ACE artists derive inspiration for their work from natural surroundings. What do you see as the connection between art and nature?

Nature is art. The Chicago Botanic Garden is a living museum, with the horticultural as our collections. From nature comes inspiration and from that, art is created in many different types of mediums. The Chicago Botanic Garden has hundreds of art classes offered through the Regenstein School because of the strong connection to the natural world and the visual world.

The 31st American Craft Exposition will take place September 25-27 at the Chicago Botanic Garden. More than 150 artists from across the country will exhibit one-of-a-kind pieces, luxury collections and uniquely creative, museum quality artwork. This important event is a major fundraiser supporting critical ovarian cancer research and care at NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Don’t miss out on this incredible cultural event. Purchase your tickets today!

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