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The following projects are listed for your information.  They are not projects of the Great River Chapter, but offered as possible venues to show your artwork and advance our mission: to create public awareness and appreciation for botanical art in our community.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden's Florilegium Project (2010, ongoing to 2020)

Be a part of this important project, which is open to members of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art.  New artists are invited to participate, and current artists are welcome to choose another subject to paint.  With 78 paintings finished, we are on target to complete this project by 2020, so don't wait - now is the time to get involved!  The purpose of this florilegium is to document the unique and special plants in the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, the oldest public wildflower garden in the United States.  More info:


Minnesota Arboretum's Flora and Fauna Illustrata Project (2015, ongoing)

This collection provides a visual regional and national resource to aid research and serves to inspire learning, discovery, and enjoyment.  FFI is a long term project to document, in scientifically accurate fine art, the plant and animal species that occur at the Arboretum in Chaska, MN.  This juried project is open to all artists working in any two-dimensional medium. Artwork selected to be added to the FFI Archive through the jury process will become the property of the University of Minnesota and will be exhibited periodically, both physically and online.  The inaugural exhibition is planned for Fall 2017.  Artists will retain some rights to use their artwork and the opportunity to participate in this exciting new permanent archive.  The Andersen Horticultural Library at the Arboretum will permanently document and archive the art, and facilitate periodic exhibitions.

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Botanical Art Worldwide:  a worldwide exhibition linking people with plants through botanical art  (Worldwide Day of Botanical Art, May 18, 2018)

Botanical art is undergoing a worldwide renaissance, a movement that includes thousands of artists active in every corner of the globe. For this project, artists are working to document wild plants where they live to create a record of today’s botanical diversity. These artworks will be submitted for juried exhibitions in each participating country, on view in 2018.  Although each country’s exhibition will have its own opening and closing dates, all exhibitions will be on view on May 18, 2018, and each will have events scheduled to celebrate this historic project.  Entries accepted through September 22, 2017.

Artists around the world have been working on this project to:

  • build partnerships between artists, institutions, scientists, and the public.
  • raise awareness of the worldwide renaissance in botanical art.
  • increase appreciation and understanding of the world’s precious plant diversity and its interconnectedness.
  • acknowledge and build upon the increasing ease of communication and connection between botanical artists wherever they might live and work.
  • engage in a project to document some of the world’s wild plant species.

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2017 Northwoods Mushroom Art Exhibit  (August - September 2017)

This exhibit will be held in conjunction with the North American Mycological Association's 2017 Northwoods Foray held September 7-10, 2017 attended by 350 mushroom enthusiasts from across the U.S.A.   The "Northwoods Resort" golf/fishing venue also hosts several thousand visitors in August and September.  There is no cost to enter the exhibit and your work may be for sale at your option.  Digital images of your artwork will be juried for inclusion by members of the Minnesota Mycological Society.

Entry form and Images Due:  No later than Monday, July 17, 2017
Exhibit Dates:  August 4 - September 10, 2017
Location:  Northwoods Resort, near Cable WI
Sponsor:  Minnesota Mycological Society

Artwork:  Botanical artists are invited to enter up to 3 original, two-dimensional paintings or drawings that reflect the rich tradition of botanical art and adhere to the high standards of botanical accuracy and skilled use of media.  Artwork is limited to two-dimensional original botanical art where the primary subject matter is/are mushroom(s).  Digital or photographic artwork will not be accepted.

To receive a copy of the Call for Entry, Instructions & Entry Form contact Howard Goltz, Exhibit Facilitator at: or call 952-944-5341.

Minnesota State Fair 2017 Fine Arts Exhibit (August 24 - September 4, 2017)

The fine arts department of the Minnesota State Fair presents an annual art exhibition that is the result of a juried competition. Participation is open to all living residents of Minnesota, and each may submit one work for consideration. Only those works selected by the jurors are displayed in the Fine Arts Center during the State Fair.  Entry deadline is July 10, 2017.  GRC members who have questions or need encouragement to enter, feel free to contact Nancy Gehrig via e-mail for answers and advice.

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ART of the GARDEN at Minnetonka Center For The Arts  (July 6 - August 10)

Garden-themed art and fine craft in botanicals, landscape painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fiber, more. Our preference is to show 3 to 5 works per selected artist rather than single pieces. All exhibited work must be for sale.  Pricing must include MCFTA's commission on sales: 40% for MCFTA members, 50% for non-members.  Entries will be accepted through June 17.  See details at


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