Drawn from Nature

Eighth Annual Student Botanical Arts Exhibition
October 4 – 19, 2014

Complete details and registration requirements for the 2014 Student Botanical Art Exhibition are below. The deadline to register is  Monday, July 28, 2014. Click here to view the 2013 exhibition gallery online.

Eligible Students

  • Open to all students in the botanical arts programs offered through the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden that have participated in at least one botanical art class at the Regenstein School within the calendar year of January 2011 – August 2014.
  • All students must provide an email address for future show communications

Submission Requirements

  • Each student may submit up to 3 pieces only.
  • Framed artwork size is not to exceed 22" x 28"
  • Acceptable media is an original work in pen & ink, watercolor, pencil, acrylic, oil, carbon dust, or pastel and must be a botanical subject or landscape
  • Please note that submissions are subject to a selection process, not all entries may be chosen or displayed.

Registration and Submission Procedures

    • All student artists will need to register and submit entries for the 2014 show by July 28, 2014. No entry materials will be accepted after this date.
    • There is no fee associated with registration
    • Please do not submit original art work for the selection process; submissions should be in the form of a color photocopy, high quality digital photograph, or digital scan of the work. Please remove your work from the frame and glass before photographing.
    • Submissions may be submitted via post, email, or electronic form any time after registration, but no later than July 28.
    • Hard copy submissions may also be mailed to:

      Chicago Botanic Garden
      c/o Amelia Simmons-Hurt
      1000 Lake Cook Road
      Glencoe, IL 60022

    • Please have all pieces notated for submissions as follows below.
      No entry submissions will be returned.
      • Your name
      • Title of the piece
      • Botanical Name, if applicable
      • Media
      • Actual size as framed
      • Contact Information (phone, email)
      • Price, if willing to sell

Click here to download a submission form to mail/drop off.
Click here for electronic submission form.

  • Assessments will be made by mid-August and students will be notified via email.
  • Once artists confirm their accepted submission(s) no changes to title or pricing can be made.

Installation Requirements

  • All pieces for the show must be framed and wired for hanging; D-rings are preferred.
    Saw-tooth hangers will not be accepted.
  • All frames must be clean and in presentation condition for the show.
  • No frames with arms on the back for table displays or frames that are ornate or metallic will be accepted.
  • Frames should be simple in design and mats neutral in color.
  • All art must be labeled on the back of each frame as follows:
    • Title
    • Your Name
    • Media
    • Price, if willing to sell
  • Exhibition artwork must be delivered to the Joutras Gallery on Tuesday, September 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Wednesday, October 1, from 9 a.m. – noon. If you cannot bring in your work personally, please make arrangements to have this done for you.

Selling Guidelines and Closing Procedures

  • All pricing for your work should be designated at the time of initial submission.
  • Works that are for sale will have their price displayed on the gallery tag; NFS denotes items that are not for sale.
  • Any piece sold must remain in the gallery until the closing on October 19.
  • All pieces should be picked up directly from Joutras Gallery on Monday, October 20, from
    9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Artists will be solely responsible for connecting with the individual buyer for transfer of their work. Any purchaser pick-ups after the exhibition closes will be up to the artist to arrange.
  • The Chicago Botanic Garden and/or student docents will collect buyer inquiries and sales after the opening. Potential buyers will be directed to the Regenstein Information desk when a docent is not on the premises.
  • The Chicago Botanic Garden can process any credit card payments for works sold less a 10 percent processing fee. Students should forward any potential sales inquiries to the continuing education office or the buyer can contact us directly to process payment.
  • All credit card purchases will be processed prior to the exhibition closing on October 19.
  • All payments to students will then be sent within two weeks of this closing date.
  • All artists are responsible for arrangements to pick up their submissions in a timely manner. If artwork is sold independently, artists or their representative should be present on the closing date if a buyer is picking up a sold piece at this time.

The primary purpose of the Student Exhibition is to provide both a unique opportunity and a quality space for students of all levels to present their work. As an added benefit to students during the exhibition, you may list any piece for a sale price of your determination. Students will have the opportunity to docent the exhibition on a volunteer basis.

A closing reception will be held on Sunday, October 19.