Call for Art: National Heirloom Expo

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

The Art of the Heirloom is an exhibition at the National Heirloom Expo that celebrates artists' interpretations of heirloom seeds and the cultural importance of preserving our collective garden heritage. To enter, see the guidelines below and link to submission form here.

We're proud to be bringing back the Art of the Heirloom exhibition! The National Heirloom 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, Hudson Valley Seed Company brings our Art of Seed exhibition of original art created for our seed packs to the Expo. We open up this version of the 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.

If you would like your gardening-related art seen by thousands of people, please read the guidelines below.

Deadline for entries is August 12th or whenever 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 Company

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

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

To apply, use the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM. Deadline August 12th.

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 heirloom seeds, heirloom gardening, or GMO-free activism.

Awards: Three works will receive awards. One will be chosen by the Hudson Valley Seed Company 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 on our website.

Volunteer! We are looking for volunteers to help hang, gallery sit, and pack up the show. If you are interested please email Ken and enter “expo volunteer” as the subject. Volunteers receive a free ticket to the Expo and 50% off in our booth!

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 September 6th. 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.

4 thoughts on “Call for Art: National Heirloom Expo”

  • B. J. Adams

    I would love to submit for this Heirloom exhibit, but I just received the submission information today, 2 days before the deadline. My art work is too slow to be able to create an art work and frame it in 2 days so not for this year.
    But, I would appreciate receiving the next notice a month or more before the deadline.
    Thank you,

    B. J. Adams

    • Isabel Vinton
      Isabel Vinton 09/06/2018 at 4:55 am

      Thanks for your note and I'm sorry you heard at short notice. We'll definitely try to get the word out earlier next year!

  • Jan

    Hi there. I would like to volunteer for the Art of the Heirloom Exhibition.


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