Call for Art: National Heirloom Expo

by Ken Greene

Wild Bergamot by Wendy Hollender

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.

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 also open up this version of the gallery show to artists all over America who paint, draw, carve, embroider, collage, print, etc. images related to heirloom gardening. Anyone can enter! All mediums are accepted except for photography.

If you an artist inspired by heirloom gardens, please apply! Your gardening-related art will be seen by thousands of people. To enter, see the guidelines below and link to submission form here.

Deadline for entries is August 18th!

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 18th.

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.