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”

NCalSBA Annual Member Exhibition, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, 2019 Plants Illustrated: Ethnobotany

January 18 – February 6, 2019

Reception: Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM

UCBBG would like to feature plants with a story and highlight ones that either feature prominently in our daily lives and are culturally or historically significant (i.e. food, fiber, ritual, medicines, shelter). UCBBG would like to feature some lesser known plants and their stories including California native plants and others. Click below for the list of some of the Garden’s ethnobotanically significant plants.

Eligibility: This all-inclusive exhibition is open to all members of the NCalSBA chapter. Each member will be allowed to enter one piece. All members are required to Gallery Sit or help Hang / Take-down the exhibition.

Click here for information, entry form and plant list.

Bulbs: Preparing for Spring 21st Annual Botanical Art Exhibition at Filoli

March 1 – May 19, 2019


This year’s theme, Bulbs: Preparing for Spring, acknowledges the essential and underappreciated role of the bulb in the development of spring flowers. To most, the bulb is unremarkable when compared to the showy flower it produces and nourishes. However, botanical artists have the skill and appreciation to reveal the intricacies and hidden beauty in the bulb and stages of its flower’s growth.

Artwork subjects may include the cultivated spring flowers that Filoli’s garden is known for (i.e. tulips, daffodils, hyacinth), or spring-blooming bulbs and flowers that are native to California and other parts of the world. Though not required, preference will be given to artwork that includes both the flower and a representation of the bulb or similarly functioning plant part (i.e. tuber, rhizome, corm).

Click here for more information.
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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.