Call for Entries: Botanical Art Worldwide - America's Flora

Linking People with Plants through Botanical Art


-- This Call for Entries is now closed --
In 2018, ASBA will present a juried exhibition of artworks of native plants, in collaboration with the US Botanic Garden, and staged in its glorious gallery space in Washington, DC. Similar exhibitions will be held in over fourteen other countries. The US, as with each participating country, will curate its juried exhibition of original artworks, and display a digital slide show of the works in all other countries’ exhibitions. American artists will create new works devoted to the indigenous plants of the US, while hundreds of artists around the world will depict plants indigenous to their home countries as well. A Worldwide Day of Botanical Art will be held on May 18, 2018, with events held for 24 hours, following the sun from venue to venue. 
Our collaborator in the project, the U.S. Botanic Garden, was established by the U.S. Congress in 1820 and has been open to the public since 1850. Its conservatory displays changing collections of living plants from around the world, as well as exhibitions in its beautiful West and East Galleries. The USBG’s mission to demonstrate the importance of plants to the well-being of humankind makes them a perfect collaborator in the project. Their high level of botanical knowledge and expertise will add to the exhibition’s interpretive impact, and will help to accomplish the educational and outreach goals of the project.
Artists residing in the US are encouraged to seek out the wide variety of native plants from different habitats and regions throughout America. Many botanical gardens have special areas devoted to native plants and can be a great source of botanical information about them. For the purpose of this exhibition, native plants are any wild plant indigenous to any of the 50 United States, including natural hybrids, but excluding any cultivar, man-made hybrids, and naturalized exotics.
The exhibition will travel through the end of 2019 and perhaps into early 2020.

Submission Dates: April 1, 2017 through October 20, 2017. All entries must be received by October 20.


Opening in May, 2018

Submission Deadline

October 20, 2017


United States Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC USA


Open to all ASBA members in good standing, residing in the U.S.


Artists are encouraged to create new works featuring plant species native to the US. The definition of native plant is: "Any wild plant indigenous to a country, including natural hybrids, but excluding any cultivar, man-made hybrids, and naturalized exotics.” Work may have appeared in regional exhibitions, but should not have been shown in another international juried exhibition of ASBA.

Media Accepted:

Two-dimensional original botanical art. No photography, no digitally generated work, and no three-dimensional work will be accepted.


$35 for first entry, $10 each additional entry, up to three entries


Number artworks per entry: 3
Images must be digital files only, 300 dpi X 8” high, tif or jpg, individual files labeled with artist’s name and image title. On Line Submission: Artists may enter and submit payment online, then email image(s). Please see website at:  Mail Submission: Submit digital files: 300 dpi, image 8” high, tif or jpg files, on CD labeled with marker only with artist’s name and artwork(s) title(s). CD will not be returned. Send check or pay via in US$, payable to ASBA, completed entry form (found on website), and one to three images on CD to: American Society of Botanical Artists, ATTN: Carol Woodin, The New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126

Framed size limit 48” x 40” either horizontal or vertical. Accepted artwork must be professionally presented per specific exhibition requirements, details provided upon acceptance.

Susan T. Fisher, Botanical Artist and Educator; Patricia Jonas, Author and Editor; William McLaughlin, Plant Curator, US Botanic Garden; Susan Pell, Ph.D, Science and Public Programs Manager, US Botanic Garden
Acceptances and regrets will be sent by November 30, 2017, via email. If accepted, artist insures that artwork(s) will be available for display. If artist withdraws artwork before exhibition, artist will not be eligible to show at any ASBA exhibition for the subsequent two years.
Shipping Insurance
Artists will be responsible for shipping and insurance to the USBG and for the return of the artwork at the end of the travel schedule. Artworks will be covered during shipping between travel venues by ASBA.

Artwork Insurance

The U.S. Botanic Garden Gallery is approved by ASBA for security and artwork presentation and all reasonable care will be taken in handling. However, artwork insurance is not provided at the USBG and artists will be asked to sign a waiver of acknowledgement. Travel venues will provide insurance for artworks while on their sites.
Hanging Rights
The ASBA retains the right to refuse to hang work when received if framing is inadequate, the work is shipped in Styrofoam peanuts, or the quality of the artwork differs greatly from that represented by the submission materials.
Sale of Works
Artworks must be for sale and may not be removed until the close of the travel schedule.
Publicity and Catalog
With appropriate funding, a catalog will be prepared using the images provided for jurors. If significant pre-publication digital corrections are needed for digital image(s), a fee of $75 will be levied. Images of accepted submissions may be used in promotional, educational, and/or interpretive materials before, during, and after the exhibition.
Carol Woodin, Director of Exhibitions, email:, phone: 866-691-9080.
If accepted, artwork must be available for an anticipated travel schedule which will extend through December 2019, possibly through early 2020.