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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Illustrated Urban Gardens - Call for Entries

Eileen Richardson, watercolor


In conjunction with the Annual Old Town Lafayette Garden Tour, the School of Botanical Art &Illustration ispartnering with theCity of Lafayette to produce an exhibition of contemporary botanical illustrations highlighting plants that are illustrative of theurban homesteading movement. Possible subjects might include urban vegetable gardens, companion plants, backyard livestock, and bee hives.

June 1 – June 29, 2017
Venue: City of Lafayette, Collective Community Art Center

We welcome artists who have participated in courses at Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration. Artworks of all levels and in any media taught in the school are welcome.

Urban homesteading has become a highly popular alternative to consumer-focused lifestyle. Studies report that every $1 invested in a community garden plot yields approximately $6 worth of vegetables. 800 million people worldwide grow vegetables or fruits or raise animals in cities, producing 15 to 20 percent of the world’s food. Urban gardening can not only be an easy way to support pollinators but can also reduce one’s environmental impact by returning to a home-based, self-sufficient way of life. Around a third of crops we eat depend on bees and other pollinators to thrive. Some plants’ leaves attract pollinators even when they are not flowering—oregano, radish, for example—or plant squash, green beans and apple trees to invite pollinators to the garden. This exhibition will include plants identified as pollinator friendly and illustrations based upon themes of urban homesteading. We welcome all submissions whether traditionally based, contemporary, or “experimental” and we are eager to see a wide variety of thematic representations. 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 up to five 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:
April 1—April 30, 2017

Submission Deadline:
11:59pm, April 30, 2017, Mountain Daylight Time.

TBA. The work will be judged according to the standards of the media (typically composition, technical skills, and botanical accuracy), along with thematic relevance.

Acceptances and regrets will be sent via e-mail by May 9, 2016.

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.
Delivery and Insurance:
Delivery requirements will be detailed with acceptance notices.Artwork is insured by Denver Botanic Gardens during transportation and by the City of Lafayette while on site at the gallery.

Publicity: Images submitted for this exhibition may be used in 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.

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