Call Detail
Plants, Birds & Pollinators: Art Serving Science
Denver Botanic Gardens
909 York Street
Denver, CO 80206

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Call Type: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Unspecified
Entry Deadline: 8/11/13
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (Plants, Birds & Pollinators: Art Serving Science): $25.00

Denver Botanic Gardens and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) are pleased to announce a premier juried exhibition opportunity for GNSI members, highlighting the subject matter of plants, birds and pollinators. Original art only (including digitally created work) in two-dimensional and three-dimensional formats will be selected for exhibition. Oil or photography will not accepted. This exhibition will display contemporary artist renderings wherein subjects may include plants only or animals only (birds, pollinating mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians). Judging weight will be given to images that emphasize plants and their relationship with their pollinators or seed scatterers. Juried by William Cooper, Queensland, AU (, Anna Mason (nee: Knights), U.K. (, Lucy T. Smith, U.K. (, Jeff Stephenson, Denver Museum Nature and Science, Colorado (, Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, School of Botanical Art and Illustration, Colorado. Open to current GNSI members only. Exhibit Overview: The “Plants, Birds & Pollinators: Art Serving Science” exhibition will be mounted in Denver Botanic Gardens’ indoor courtyard / gallery area. Two-dimensional and small three-dimensional works will be selected for installation indoors. Smaller three-dimensional works will be mounted within a glass display case and will not be accessible for touching. (See specifications in the “Criteria” selection below.) To be considered for the exhibit, the applicant must apply electronically via the online CaFE™ system available at There is no charge for artists to access the system. Artists Must:

  • Submit one image of the artwork to be evaluated by the jurors. Alternate views of the same artwork are discouraged. Sample artworks are not sufficient; the actual artwork for consideration must be submitted. Artists may submit up to two artworks for consideration. Please note that no more than two digital images may be uploaded. (See “Entry Fees” below for details.)
  • Provide a brief artist statement offering context for your artwork and rationale as to why the work/s are relevant for this particular show addressing pollination. Statement should not exceed 250 words or 1000 characters. Entry Fees: The $25 entry fee per artist allows up to two artworks for consideration. Fees are accepted online through CaFE™ and payable with Mastercard or Visa upon checkout. Criteria: Only artists maintaining a current membership with GNSI are eligible to apply. Artists must be willing to deliver or ship artwork to and pick up from Denver Botanic Gardens at their own expense. All two-dimensional artworks must arrive matted only, with no frame. Mats must be 4- or 8-ply white rag, fitting exactly into a 16” x 20” frame (interior measurement, vertical or horizontal). Label information (title, date of creation, dimension of original work, media) and sale price (if applicable) must be marked clearly on the back. Smaller 3-D works will be mounted inside a glass display case and cannot exceed a depth of 11”. Artists juried into the exhibition will receive detailed information and requirements upon notification. Sales: Once accepted into the exhibition, artists may make artworks available for sale. Any artworks sold are subject to a 30% commission and must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. Artists bear the responsibility of negotiating with gallery her/his representation if applicable. The Gardens will not ship artwork on behalf of artist or buyer. Project Timeline: Deadline for entry (via CaFE™ system): August 5, 2013 Acceptances or regrets will be sent via e-mail by September 30, 2013 Artwork Delivered to DBG: No later than October 28, 2013 5pm Legal Agreement: Denver Botanic Gardens is a nonprofit, Equal Opportunity Employer who welcomes artists of all backgrounds. Jurying decisions will be based on quality of materials submitted by the artist. Once selected, artists will sign a contract with the Gardens to secure participation in the exhibition. About the Gardens: DBG is recognized as one of the top six botanical gardens in the United States (with over 400 nationwide), and one of only seventeen accredited by the American Association of Museums. In addition to living and preserved plant collections, the Gardens maintains art and rare book collections as well. The mission of Denver Botanic Gardens is to connect people with plants, especially plants from the Rocky Mountain region and similar regions around the world, providing delight and enlightenment to everyone. Four core values guide programs at the Gardens: transformation, relevance, diversity and sustainability. Visit for more information.
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