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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Edible: Botanical Art & Illustration

(Aubergine, Constance Sayas, watercolor)


You are cordially invited to submit work to the jurying process for the annual botanical illustration exhibition, this year featuring edible plants. Your dedication to mastering the skills of this art form and illustration makes us extremely proud, and we would like to showcase your success in a public venue.

November 20, 2016—February 12, 2017
Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens, Gates Garden Court Gallery
Reception: November 20, 2–3 p.m. 
We welcome artists who have participated in courses at Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration between June 2014 and July 2016 or are an active participant in the Botanical Illustration community. Artworks of all levels and in any media taught in the school are welcome.

As the title suggests, illustrations will feature plants that are edible. This may include plants used directly for consumption – vegetables, fruits, seeds, mushrooms, etc. – as well plants used as components of foods, including spices, plants used for flavorings or food colors, and infusions. Less conventionally edible plants, for example plants traditionally considered weeds, or those that are not commonly known to be edible, are also welcome. Plants that are consumed for non-food purposes, such as plants used as poisons or for their psychoactive properties, will not be considered for this exhibition. Please note that this call extends to plants that can specifically be eaten by humans – plants for animal consumption are not included in the scope of this exhibition. 
We welcome all submissions whether traditionally based or contemporary, and we are eager to see edible plants that have been eaten in a variety of cultures. Please refer all questions to Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski.

All media taught in the Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration are accepted. All artwork must be original. No photography or digitally generated work will be accepted. No giclée prints or offset lithographs considered.

If scale is included on the plate, only metric units are allowed.

Submission Method and format:
Each artist may submit three two-dimensional entries for juror consideration. Digital files only. Entries must be submitted digitally via™, also known as CaFÉ™. CaFÉ™ is a web-based service that has detailed on-line submission instructions and a team of professionals available to address your tech support needs. A complete submission includes a completed entry form and digital image for each entry. Images must be submitted as JPG files only, minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side and 5.0 MB maximum with artist’s last name and title of artwork as the file name (e.g., Smith_Planta communis).

Submissions accepted:
August 22nd — September 5th, 2016

Submission Deadline:
11:59pm, September 5th, 2016, Mountain Daylight Time.

The jury will consist of Denver Botanic Gardens’ curatorial staff. The work will be judged according to the standards of the media (typically composition, technical skills, and botanical accuracy), along with thematic relevance.

Presentation, Size and Format:           
Upon acceptance to the exhibition, artists will submit matted artwork only; no frame. Mats must be 4- or 8-ply white rag (no cream or off-white mats), fitting exactly into a 16” x 20” frame (interior measurement). Pieces must be matted with both a backing board and a face mat and must be appropriately and securely attached within the matting—hinging and photo corners are both acceptable. Please do not submit matting with any loose elements, i.e. backing board or face mat not attached or piece not secured inside the matting.

Any housing submitted with artwork must have your name clearly written on it—we cannot guarantee the return of housing without a label. Artists juried into the exhibition will receive detailed information and requirements upon notification.

Delivery and Insurance:
Delivery requirements will be detailed with acceptance notices. While on site, artwork is insured by Denver Botanic Gardens. For insurance purposes, a valuation of your piece MUST be on file. Please complete this portion of the entry form accurately upon submission.

Publicity and Catalog:
Images submitted for this exhibition may be used in a catalog or publicity in print or electronic form for the exhibition and may be used for promoting the exhibition before, during and after its run without further permission being sought.

Contact with questions.
Please direct all technical questions about submitting your work to

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