Call for Entries: California Native Plant Society 2012 Conference Exhibition

by Deb Shaw

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has issued a “Call for Entries” for botanical art, in preparation for their CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference: Conserving and Restoring the Roots of California’s Richness. The conference will take place January 12 – 14, 2012 at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center, San Diego, CA.

Among the many objectives of this conference is to “foment a greater understanding and appreciation of California’s unique flora”. The juried botanical art exhibition will contribute to this goal. All winning artwork will be published in Fremontia, a CNPS publication and awarded the following prizes: 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $300, 3rd Place: $200, along with a “Conference Choice”- (voted on by conference attendees).

Criteria Artists are invited to enter original artwork in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of California flora and adheres to high standards of botanical accuracy. All entries must depict plants indigenous to California (no introduced plants, please!). All work for the show must be framed and wired for hanging and “glassed” with plexiglass (no glass please!). The show will be hung for the duration of the conference and security will be provided. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Deadline for submission: October 15, 2011

Entry form specifics: Please go to the Art Contest page on the CNPS website to download the (one and two page) PDFs for the:

  1. CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference Flyer

  2. Official Call for Entries

  3. Botanical Art Exhibition Prospectus

  4. Botanical Art Contest Entry Form

Entries may include up to three digital images submitted on CD. A separate fee will be paid for each entry. All work will be juried using digital images sent in jpg file format, at least 300 dpi. Accepted entries will be hung and available for viewing by conference attendees. Attendees will have an opportunity to vote for “Conference Choice” from those entries on display. Artists will be notified by November 30th if their work has been selected for hanging in the show. Winners will be posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The Exhibition will be open to the public Saturday, January 14, from 10 am – 3 pm.

Entries will be judged by: Kristin Jakob, Lee McCaffree, and Geri Hulse-Stevens.

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