Call for Art: 5th Annual National Heirloom Expo

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Welcome to the 2015 Art of the Heirloom exhibition at the 4th Annual National Heirloom Expo.

We're proud to be bringing the show back for the fifth year! The Expo is a rare gathering, in Santa Rosa, California, of gardeners, food activists, farmers, and seedy people from all over the country. With educational lectures, activities, and incredible keynote speakers, the Expo brings in 20,000+ people while raising awareness about heirloom seeds and the threat of GMOs.

Each year the Hudson Valley Seed Library brings our Art of the Heirloom exhibition of original art created for our seed packs to the Expo. We open up this version of gallery show to artists all over America who paint, draw, carve, embroider, collage, print, etch images related to heirloom gardening. Anyone can enter! All mediums are accepted except for photography. Each year three works of art are selected for special honors and are printed in the Heirloom Gardener Magazine following the show.

If you would like your gardening related art seen by thousands of people, please read the guidelines below and fill out the SUBMISSION FORM HERE.

Deadline for entries is July 31st or when we run out of wall space!

Due to the volume of submissions, we can't answer individual emails with questions. Please do your best with the submission form and we'll get back to you.

One entry per artist. We know it's hard to choose, but we only have space for one work of art per artist. Multiple entries will not be accepted. Thanks for your understanding.


Art of the Heirloom Exhibition


Curated by the Hudson Valley Seed Library

The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration. - Claude Monet

Call for Artists: Have your art seen at the Expo!

Are you and artist inspired by heirloom gardens? Gardens are unique expressions of a gardener’s hand and heirloom varieties are a reflection of the diversity of gardener’s sensibilities, palate, and notions of beauty.

The Art of the Heirloom is an exhibition of artist’s interpretations and contemplations of heirloom seeds and the cultural importance of preserving our collective garden heritage.

To apply, use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM to apply. Deadline July 31st

Guidelines: We seek works of art that are inspired by heirloom gardening. Works in all media and formats will be considered excluding photography. Works may be illustrative, sculptural, abstract, concrete, or conceptual interpretations of one of four categories.

1. Garden Variety: To enter this category the work must represent specifically identified variety or varieties of heirloom vegetables, fruits, herbs, or flowers.

2. Save the Seed: This category includes works related to seeds, seed stories, open-pollination, seed saving/breeding, food politics, GMOs, and regional seed sovereignty. Art made from or incorporating seeds or plant material will also be considered for this category.

3. Sowers and Growers: Art depicting heirloom gardens, gardeners, sustainable agriculture, American farm/garden heritage, and the act of growing.

4. From Seed to Plate: Artwork related to harvesting, cooking, recipes, and eating.

Awards: Three works will receive awards. One will be chosen by the Hudson Valley Seed Library and one by Baker Creek. A third work will receive the "Gardener's Choice" award voted on by Heirloom Expo attendees. These artists will receive ribbons and be featured in an article in the Heirloom Gardener Magazine.

Volunteer! We are looking for volunteers to help hang, gallery sit, and pack up the show. If you are interested please email us (please link to and enter “expo volunteer” as the subject. Volunteers receive two free tickets to the Expo.

Note: Accepted artists will receive an email response with mailing instructions. If accepted, work must be hand-delivered or mailed to arrive in California by August 31st. Work must come framed, wired, and ready to hang. All work is delivered at the expense of the artist and is to be picked up at the end of the Expo. Work requiring return shipping must arrive with a prepaid return address inside the package.

This blog is provided by the Hudson Valley Seed Library, a small group of dedicated growers and plant lovers working to provide good seed to gardeners and small farmers. Your purchases support our work. Thanks!

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