Homestead Art in United States Botanical Garden Exhibit

Origami of Blossoming Smooth Milkweed
Homestead inspired origami of Blossoming Smooth Milkweed

Linda Stephen

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News Release Date: February 3, 2016

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the United States Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. is hosting an art exhibit showcasing plant species and communities found throughout the more than 400 national park sites, February 18-October 2, 2016.  Lincoln, Nebraska based origami artist, Linda Stephen's piece "Blossoming Smooth Milkweed" will represent Homestead National Monument of America in the exhibit.

Stephen is a self-taught paper artist who grew up in Michigan, studied at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and lived and worked in Japan for seven years.She has more than 25 years of experience in origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.Stephen spent 2 weeks at Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska during 2014 as an Artist in Residence.She is known for creating origami landscapes and recently exhibited her landscape series at Homestead, as well as the Nebraska Governor's mansion.

"We are excited to see Ms. Stephen's art on the national stage and proud to have Homestead National Monument of America represented," said Superintendent Mark Engler.

If you find yourself in Washington D.C. on July 9, 2016, join Stephen and other artists at 1 p.m. at the U.S. Botanic Garden West Gallery for a "Meet the Artist: Flora of the National Parks". This is an opportunity to meet and greet some of the artists whose work depicting the flora found in America's national parks is featured. Explore the exhibit with the opportunity to ask questions about the artists' techniques, hear their stories and tips, and see how they capture the beauty of these national treasures.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2016. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM), and Facebook (HomesteadNM), and Instagram (HomesteadNPS).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday –Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit

Last updated: February 3, 2016

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