DISPERSAL PROJECT

AWARDS:

Bronze medal awarded at Kew Garden's annual International Photography Competition 2017, portfolio category. The exhibition will travel from London (Kew); Amsterdam (de Hortus Botanicus); Rettendon, UK (RHS Garden Hyde Hall); South Tyrol, Italy (The Gardens of Trauttmansdorff Castle); Gibraltar (Gibraltar Botanic Gardens); Norfolk, U.K. (National Trust Sheringham Park).
EXHIBITIONS:

Royal Botanic Garden at Kew, London. February 3-March 13, 2017. Group show of International Garden Photographer of the Year. Bronze medal, portfolio category. Exhibition will travel internationally.
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. January 17-30, 2017. Solo show of 64 works. All specimens collected on site.
Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. October 26, 2013-January 28, 2014. Solo show of 33 works. All specimens collected on site.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Permanent exhibition about urban biodiversity; commissioned works of fruits and seeds consumed by non-native parrots.
REVIEWS:

"In her show 'Dispersal', Laurent reminds us that plants do move. Her photographs illustrate with exquisite beauty & botanical panache that these seemingly sessile organisms disperse in fantastic ways. This can only be accomplished [by] the scholar-artist, and Laurent is clearly both." — Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
"The Robert Maplethorpe of seed pods." — Gwen Stauffer, Executive Director, Lotusland
"Laurent's images testify to the many ingenious ways that life propagates itself."— Kevin Hartnett, The Boston Globe, "The Seed Pod Army", December 2013
"Anna Laurent has done a series of photographs of seedpods that are aesthetically magnificent and also present superb detail." — Anna Ursyn, Handbook of Research on Maximizing Cognitive Learning through Knowledge Visualization, 2015.
Harvard magazine, "The Sorcery of Seed Pods", January 2014
LECTURES:

University of California Berkeley School of Environmental Design (invited by Ronald Rael, Associate Professor of Architecture), January 23, 2017

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. USA, January 18, 2017

Westchester Garden Club, Westchester, CT. USA, October 12, 2016

Hartford Garden Club, West Granby, CT. USA, October 7, 2016

Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA. October 28, 2013

BOOKS


REVIEWS:

"The euphoria of scientific breakthrough jumps from the page ..."—The English Garden (magazine)
"This spectacular work should be in every primary and secondary school and higher ... the very art and science presented in this book was once used in the classroom to teach about the great age of discovery from all over the world … a two-page spread showing Dionaea muscipula (Venus flytrap) and Drosera rotundifolia (common sundew) is mesmerizing."— Barney Lipscomb, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A."
“In Botanical Art from the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery, the reader is introduced to the beautiful wall charts [that were] once used around the world to explain plant structure, form, and classification … re-created in large format, stunning color, and are arranged according to plant families. Each family is described and followed by representative charts. Lively captions give further information about the plants, the scientists, and the artists. The book’s seriousness is evident in the glossary. This title will serve well in an introductory botany course. Those interested in pedagogy, plants, and art will find pleasure and inspiration in this book.”— D. H. Pfister, Harvard University, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
"For a scientific understanding of how plants work, there is no better teacher than a beautiful drawing." — 'The botanical writing is on the wall', Sunday Telegraph, Bunny Guinness, October 28, 2016
Listed as a Best Science & Nature Books of 2016, Book Scrolling
Town & Country magazine, Editor's Choice, Your Next Read, November 2016
Sunday Telegraph, Holiday Gift Guide, December 2016
LECTURES & READINGS:

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. January 30, 2017.

Royal Horticultural Society Wisley, UK. November 19, 2016.

Stories & Books Café, Los Angeles, Calif. USA. November 7, 2016.