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 Gardens 20TH Annual Botanical Art Exhibition: A Palette of Flowers

February 23 – May 20, 2018

Celebrate the abundance of spring flowers on display in Filoli’s magnificent historic gardens. The beautiful and extraordinarily accurate plant portraits by international and local artists will be on display in one of the West Coast’s most prominent botanical art exhibitions.

This year, the exhibit will closely tie to other programs of Filoli under the umbrella theme of “A Palette of Flowers”. This theme celebrates the abundance of spring flowers on display in the magnificent historic gardens at Filoli.

Botanical artists are invited to submit their work through January 14, 2018.

Click Here for the Call for Entries

El Dorado Arts Council: Native Roots

Spring 2018

El Dorado Arts Council, located in Placerville, is currently planning a gallery exhibition entitled Native Roots, which will open in Spring of 2018. The exhibition will feature botanical artworks representing plants that are native to El Dorado County, with a special focus on the rare and federally listed plants in the Pine Hill Ecological Preserve.

For more information on participating contact:
Caitlin Thompson
Gallery and Operations Coordinator
El Dorado Arts Council
(530) 295-3496

Marin Art and Garden Center: Celebrating Trees II

May 20 – June 24, 2018

We have been invited to repeat our January UCBBG “Celebrating Trees” Exhibit at the Marin Art and Garden Center gallery in Ross. Because it is a large space we would like to have additional pieces entered. This is a wonderful opportunity for our group and we hope it will become an annual event.

There will be no gallery sitting required for the show however we will need people to help with receiving and hanging (Wednesday, May 16th) and takedown (Monday, June 25th).

Eligibility: Open to all current members of the NCalSBA chapter.
Submission Deadline: April 23, 2018. Click here for entry form and information.
Artists’ Reception: Will be held on Sunday May 20, 2018 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Contact: Mary Gilardi

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens: Art in the Gardens 2018

August 4, 2018, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

We are now accepting applications for Art in the Gardens 2018! This celebration of creative expression, gorgeous gardens, music, beer, wine, and food attracts as many as 1,500 visitors each year. Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens invites artists (open to all art mediums) to submit an application to exhibit their original work at the 26th Art in the Gardens held on Saturday, August 4 from 11AM to 5PM. Applications for this juried fine arts event will be accepted now through April 13, 2018. Jurying will take place at the end of April and we will send notifications shortly after.

Click here to apply.
Contact: Roxanne Perkins, Marketing Coordinator, 707-964-4352 ext. 22 or 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.