From 16th Century Flemish painters, to Cézanne and the Post Impressionists, the color and variety found in plant life, as well as the potent symbolism, has made it a popular subject for still-lifes and artist studies. Botanica asks artists to draw on these themes to create artwork that explores how plant life can be represented in a diverse reach of media.
Ken Harman, Director of Hashimoto Contemporary & Spoke Art
MacKenzie Stevens, Curatorial Assistant at the Hammer Museum
$3,000 in cash awards, plus prizes.
Open to all artists in the United States, 18 years of age or older. Entries must be original work completed within the last three years. (Dated 2011 or more recent.)
Open to all media. There are no size limitations for entries. Please include specific dimensions with your entry. Bedford Gallery reserves the right not to accept exceptionally large, heavy, or cumbersome pieces. Work must be framed (when applicable) and ready to hang (wire, d-rings, or cleat). Acrylic glazing only; NO GLASS. All art must be labeled with artist’s name, title, medium and year.
A non-refundable fee of $35 is required for application. This fee covers up to 3 entries. One application per artist only. Online submissions are not considered complete until payment is made.
Shipping and Delivery
All accepted entries must be received by Bedford Gallery by June 19, 2015. Please label all packing materials with your name. Shipped work should arrive in a reusable container with return postage or prepaid shipping documents and correct return labeling. Be sure to indicate insurance value for shipping both ways. Hand-delivered artwork may be dropped off June 15 through19, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. only.
Following the close of the exhibition, artwork can be picked up September 6 between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and September 8 and 9, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 pm. Please arrange for a representative to pick up your work if you are unable. Artwork remaining at the Bedford Gallery past specified pick-up dates and times will be subject to a $10 per day storage fee. Shipped artwork will be packaged and shipped beginning on May 27. Return of work without return postage or prepaid shipping documents will be delayed.
Artists are encouraged to sell their work. Artists receive 60% of the sale price for work that is sold. In the past, public interest in available work has been high and the Gallery believes such artist-collector dialogue is a vibrant part of exhibitions. All work must have a declared value for insurance purposes, even if it is not for sale.
Artwork accepted for the exhibition will be insured by the City of Walnut Creek from the time it is received and inspected by Gallery Staff until artwork is tendered to shipper for return to the artist or artist’s agent. Delivery and pickup are the responsibility of the artist. During the exhibition, artwork will be insured against all physical loss or damage from any external cause. Insurance is limited to the wholesale value at the time of loss. If damage occurs and the piece can be repaired, liability will be limited to the cost of such repair.
Submission of work constitutes an agreement to the conditions set forth and acceptance that the decisions of the juror are final. Bedford Gallery may photograph and reproduce accepted work for promotional purposes. Artists may not withdraw accepted entries before the close of the exhibition. Bedford Gallery is not responsible for refunding entry fees or allowing artists to change submission information for artworks which do not meet above rules.