Calls for Entries

We post Calls for Entries for Northern California exhibition opportunities which may be of interest to our members. For shows outside this area, you may want to check the ASBA site as well as other groups listed on our Links page.

Each exhibit has it’s own specific guidelines and requirements, but for general information about framing standards for NCalSBA members’ exhibitions please check here.

Note: When submitting an entry to a botanical exhibition, the scientific name of the plant is generally required. There are a number of rules about how these names should be written. If you are unclear about how to specify your subject material, you may want to look at a useful leaflet provided by the Horticultural Taxonomy Group (HORTAX) in the UK.

To research whether a plant is a native of California, you may want to use the Jepson Online Interchange California Floristics or the Calflora Search for Plants. If you are specifically seeking California natives, be sure to check that the plant is not listed as “naturalized in CA”

Filoli 19th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition

Filoli, Woodside
August 8 – October 22, 2017

Submission Deadline: May 5, 2017

Artist Reception: August 10

Click here for more details and online entry!

Lathyrus odoratus, Sweet Pea by milly acharya.
Winner of the 2016 Jurors’ Award for
distinction with an emphasis on
botanical art presentation.

Plants Illustrated – Trees!

NCalSBA Annual Member Exhibition
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Winter 2018

This is our annual all-inclusive members exhibition. All members of the NCALSBA chapter are encouraged to participate and each member will have at least one piece chosen. For 2018 our theme will be trees!

Media: Original artwork in watercolor, graphite, colored pencil and pen & ink, not previously submitted to this show.

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017

If you wish to use the 12″ square frame required for the Annual Conference Small Works shows, it is available from Dick Blick here.

Questions? Email

Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture

Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum hosts exhibitions of paintings, prints, photographs and other art media in its reading room on an ongoing basis. They plan exhibits up to two years in advance.
Click here to down load information about applying to exhibit.