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Orchids: Glorious and Grand

Exhibit Name: Orchids: Glorious and Grand


Dates: January 6 - February 24, 2019

Submission Deadline: December 5, 2018

Fee: $35.00 for up to 5 images


Built as a country estate in 1915, Filoli is recognized internationally for its horticultural excellence. During Filoli’s 2019 winter season, orchids will be the feature of lush floral displays and living arrangements, and unique species plants and cultivars will fill the historic mansion and greenhouse.

To complement the horticultural displays and floral arrangements in Filoli’s grand mansion, an exhibition in the Visitor Center gallery will capture a larger-than-life view of this plant family through Orchids: Glorious and Grand. In this color photography exhibition featuring large prints, delicate details will be magnified to display the orchid flower’s glorious beauty and the grand function of its structure.

Photographers are encouraged to submit full color photographs of species not typically photographed, to explore orchids in varying stages of bloom, or to exploit the large format. Up to 3 images may be accepted from a single photographer, so series entries are welcomed. Photographs must have a solid background.


Exhibition Calendar:

December 5, 2018 Submission deadline
December 12, 2018  Selection results emailed
January 3, 2019  Deadline for shipped artwork to arrive at Filoli
January 4 , 2019 Deadline for hand delivered artwork, 9:30-11:00am
January 6, 2019  Exhibition opens

February 24, 2019 Exhibition closes
February 25, 2019 Pick-up of hand delivered artwork, 11:00am–1:00pm
February 26, 2019 Artwork return shipped



In selection consideration will be given to quality as well as adherence to the theme. Based on judging scores and sizing approximately 15 pieces will be selected.

Jurors:  TBD


Jurors are not eligible for awards.

·         Jurors Award

·         Curators Award


Submissions are entered on There is a $35 non-refundable entry fee for up to 5 images.

·         Jpg format, 72dpi, 1920 pixels on the longest side.  Image help can be found on the image Help page and on the Helpful Videos page. Images should be of the highest quality as they may be used for print and digital materials to promote the exhibition.

·         The artist’s name should not be visible on the digital image. Entries with the artist name will be disqualified.

·         Photographers are encouraged to include the scientific name of the plant in the title. Common names may be included but are optional.

·         A prepaid return label must be included if you are not picking up your artwork


·         Photograph size: minimum 16” x 20”, maximum 20” x 24”

·         Frame size: minimum 20” x 24”, maximum 30” x 36”

·         Selected entries must be framed and ready to hang, no sawtooths or projecting eye screws

·         Plexiglass required on all artwork

·         White mat colors

·         Simple black frames. No ornate frames. No wrapped canvas.

·         Floating images are prohibited as they often ‘fall’ during shipment

·         Label the back of your artwork with your name, address, phone number, email, title of artwork, and price or NFS

Accepted entries that do not conform to the above presentation may be refused at the time of hanging.

Availability: The artwork must be available throughout the entire exhibit.

Notification:  Artists will be notified via email on February 1, 2019. Artists whose work is accepted by the jurors will receive detailed instructions for shipping and hand delivery of artwork.


Hanging Rights:

In consideration of Filoli displaying artwork, the artist releases Filoli from any liability whatsoever resulting from or relating to any aspect of Filoli, its members, guests and/or volunteers handling, transporting, exhibiting, storing or selling the work of the artist. This includes wear and tear, gradual deterioration or vermin damage, earthquake/earth movement related damage or theft. Filoli does not insure entered work; Artist is responsible for insurance and shipping costs.

Sale of Works:

Filoli is pleased to extend the opportunity for participating artists to sell their exhibit piece(s) during the exhibition. All sales will be handled by Filoli and payment will be made to the artists, minus a 30% commission to Filoli, within 6 weeks after the exhibition. Artists may also list their artwork as NFS (not for sale). Detailed instructions will be sent upon acceptance.

Publicity:,, Filoli magazine, Filoli promotional emails.



Nick Zimmerman, Education Program Assistant,



86 Canada Road
Woodside, CA


About Filoli:

Located in Woodside, CA, Filoli boasts a 654-acre property featuring a 54,000+ square foot Georgian revival style mansion turned living museum, 16 acres of exquisite English Renaissance gardens, a 6.8 acre Gentlemen’s Orchard, and a nature preserve with over 7 miles of hiking trails. Established as a private residence in 1917, Filoli was opened to the public in 1976 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Filoli is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and stewardship of the cultural traditions and natural history of this country estate for public education and enjoyment. Learn more at

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