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”

ASBA 25th Anniversary: “Celebrating Silver” catalog

Catalog to be published October 2019

Deadline for entries June 10, 2019

Dudleya greenei by Ellie Yun-Hui Tu

Announcing a new opportunity for all members to be part of ASBA’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations. ASBA will publish in October a full-size catalog with four images per page, in which any member in good standing can submit a high-resolution digital image of one artwork to be included in the catalog. Submissions will be non-juried. There will be no exhibition associated with this catalog.

Theme: Celebrating Silver. A work done in any medium portraying a plant with silver in the name (common or scientific) or plant part that has a ‘silvery’ element will be eligible.

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Dudleya greenei
Greene’s Live-Forever
Watercolor on paper
Copyright 2015 Ellie Yun-Hui Tu

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).

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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.
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