Hudson Valley Seed Library Pack Art 2010: Call for Art

by Ken Greene

Submission Deadline: July 9, 2009

The Hudson Valley Seed Library is looking for new artwork for the covers of its seed packs.
Last year, eleven artists were commissioned to create original pieces for the Seed Library’s Art Packs.  Each artist brought his or her unique style to the image he or she designed. Mediums included drawing, painting, collage, cut paper, ceramics, and photography. Last year’s artists received local and national exposure: on our website, in blogs, magazines, galleries, and in the homes of thousands of gardeners across the region and the country.

This year, HVSL co-founder Ken Greene will be looking for artwork that helps reflect the diversity of the heirloom seeds offered in the catalog. The Seed Library will be selecting up to 16 new artists for its 2010 seed packs. Please feel free to pass along the following guidelines, which describe eligibility and submission requirements and gives details of our selection process.  To learn more about HVSL and see last year’s artwork, visit Thank you for participating; we look forward to seeing the creativity of the many seedy artists in and around the Hudson Valley.

Eligibility: Artists must be part of the greater Hudson Valley region. This includes most of eastern New York (including NYC), western Massachusetts, western Connecticut, and northern New Jersey. We’re willing to stretch a little bit, but please have some connection to this region. There are no restrictions as to age, experience, gender, sexuality, nationality, race, physical ability, or education. This is all about diversity.

Media: We are accepting all media except photography. Photos are acceptable as an element in a piece. (We do accept photos for use on our website. If you have a photo of a variety in our catalog, please submit it to  If we use it online you get free seeds!)

Submissions due July 9, 2009
32 Round 1 finalists contacted by July 10, 2009
Round 2 sketches due by July 17, 2009
16 Round 2 finalists contacted by July 19, 2009
Final artwork due by August 10, 2009

Up to 16 artists may be selected to create artwork for seed packs. Artists whose work is accepted will be paid $100 each for their work. They will also be given credit on the printed packs as well as a bio and link on

Please email the following to
1.    Name, Address, Email, Phone
2.    Short one paragraph artist statement.
3.    One image that you feel best represents your style (250KB or less in size).
4.    Link to your website, blog, or other online sources related to your artwork. (Only if you have such links; otherwise these are not required.)

Note: The piece you select does not need to be plant related. It is more important for us to see the quality and personality in your work. Please keep your email 250KB or less. Do not mail large or multiple images. We have very limited bandwidth and will not be able to open your email.


Ken Greene
Hudson Valley Seed Library