Colorado university exhibit celebrates cannabis art and science

Colorado university exhibit celebrates cannabis art and science

The University of Colorado will be opening a botanical art exhibit titled “Cannabis: A Visual Perspective” this month.

The exhibit will display illustrations from botanical artists who have been helping scientists identify plant species for research purposes. It will also highlight the university’s state-funded research grant which is being used to study the effects of high-potency cannabis.

The 20 illustrations will feature different variations of the cannabis plant in the form of watercolor, acrylic, oil, colored pencil, pastel, print and mixed media.

Susan T. Fisher, Denver artist and past president of the American Society of Botanical Artists, said she gained a massive respect for the cannabis industry after meeting scientists and growers in person.

“These people are all very professional and genuinely interested in doing what they can to improve the industry,” Fisher said. “It’s not like what we used to think…They’re experimenting and cross-pollinating different species for the future of cannabis as medicine.”

“Cannabis: A Visual Perspective” will open on Sept. 8 and run through Jan. 31, 2018 at the University of Colorado’s Natural History Museum.