The University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Amherst Libraries Host Exhibit, “Botanicals: An Exploration of Wild and Cultivated Plants”

Block print of vegetables in dream bubble above person sleeping in bed.

The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibit, “Botanicals: An Exploration of Wild and Cultivated Plants,” through Thursday, May 12, in the Mass Aggie Seed Library, in the Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise, Floor 2, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A reception will be held on Friday, April 22, 1-3 p.m. in the Mass Aggie Seed Library. Attendees must comply with UMass Amherst’s Current Guidance for Campus Events.

“Botanicals” is an exhibition of original linoleum block prints by New Hampshire artist, Monica Rico. The collection will feature botanical prints and textiles, each hand-printed from hand-carved blocks.

Monica Rico is a printmaker, organic farmer, local food system advocate, community organizer, and mom of boys. Originally on a science-based career path, it took her many years to get comfortable enough with the idea of making mistakes to allow herself to make art. She made her first block print in a workshop taught by a friend in the fall of 2018 and became consumed with the practice. Today, she has the privilege to homeschool her youngest son and make art as her full time occupation. She works from her home studio in Henniker, New Hampshire.

The Mass Aggie Seed Library is open for seed borrowing and donation for all on a self-service basis during the hours the Science & Engineering Library is open. It houses a collection focusing on organic, open-pollinated, and heirloom vegetable and flower seeds, as well as a collection of books to educate the community about seed saving. Additionally, seed-saving tools are available for loan to encourage and support seed-saving efforts.

The Seed Library is made possible through a generous grant from the UMass Amherst Sustainability, Innovation & Engagement Fund (SIEF).