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UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Flower Encounters

Call to Artists!

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens is currently seeking submissions for our 2nd annual art exhibit, part of our Bigleaf Magnolia Art and Garden Festival.  The theme for this year’s exhibit is Flower Encounters.  



            Flower Encounters


            Awards Judge: 


Carin Wagner (

Carin Wagner is an award-winning South Florida artist. She was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Carin graduated with a degree in Advertising Design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, winning their Angelo DiVincenzo Life Drawing award of a full term scholarship twice. Wagner works predominately in oil on canvas, with a message of environmental protection at its core.


In her current series, The Endangered Tree Project, she seeks out vulnerable and vanishing trees, photographs them extensively, and uses this research to create monumental portraits of the trees in fine detail.  One of her recent works, Green Ash, was informed by visits to UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens and a unique old growth blue ash-bur oak savannah remnant in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region (Griffith Woods).

She has exhibited throughout the U.S. Her work has been included in multiple museum shows, including the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Coral Springs Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Cornell Museum in Delray.  Her work was part of the Curator’s Choice show at The Box Gallery, chosen by Marisa Pascucci of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, and in March presented at The Boca Museum of Art and was the featured artist at the Cornell Museum in Delray Beach

Her awards include: two time winner of the Peoples’ Choice from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach, Peoples’ Choice from Lighthouse Art Center, First place in Continuum Palm Beach, the Mahlon Cline Award of Excellence, and the Dorothy L. Irish Memorial Award from the National Association of Women Artists.

Her work is featured in American Art Collector magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, the book Grand Ambition, by G. Bruce Knecht, and written about extensively in publications such as: Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Gallery and Studio, an International Art Journal, Architectural Digest, Florida Design Magazine, On View Magazine, Showboats International, and many others. She is currently represented by Gallery Biba, Palm Beach, and Armand Bolling Fine Art, Jupiter, FL.


            Selection Jurors:

            JB Burke (

UNC Charlotte Associate Professor and Coordinator for Art Foundation

Born in Wichita, Kansas, Jessica Burke is a figurative artist and educator living in North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Oklahoma State University and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina. Ms. Burke is an Associate Professor of Art and Director of the Foundations Program at the University of North Carolina. She maintains a small but productive studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is interested in exploring various interpretations on the impact of popular culture on identity. Her work has been collected in both public and private collections. It has been shown in over 50 exhibitions in museums and art galleries nationally and internationally in the United Kingdom, Korea, China, Japan, Holland and Italy.


 Cynthia Frank (

UNC Charlotte Lecturer for Graphic Design

Cynthia received a B.A. from Yale University in 1989 and an M.F.A. in graphic design from Yale University in 1995. She became a partner in Jack* Design in New Haven, CT, working with, among others, Universe Publishing, Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Architecture, Brown University, Showtime, and Sundance Films. In 1998, Cynthia moved to Charlotte, NC, where she continues to work with both local and national clients. Cynthia has taught and served as a visiting critic at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, The Yale School of Art, and Central Piedmont Community College. She is currently a full time Lecturer at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Cynthia has served as Design for Good Manager on the Board of AIGA Charlotte. She has served on the Advisory Board and as a chief designer for The Wall Poems of Charlotte, an ongoing public mural project that celebrates North Carolina’s literary heritage. Cynthia serves on the Board of Founders’ Circle Affiliate of the Mint Museum Craft + Design) and has been a member of the The Women’s Impact Fund for many years, serving on the Arts, Education and Human Services Grants Committees.


UNC Charlotte Rowe Galleries, Rowe Building, Charlotte, NC


Exhibition Dates: 



Opening Reception:



Exhibition Eligibility: 

Open to artists over the age of 18

Open to all fine artists and illustrators working in any 2-dimensional medium

Note:  3-D artists are encouraged to participate in our Garden Totem exhibit

All work must be original in concept and executed by the submitting artist


Submission Process:



Entries will be accepted through May 15 2021 at 11:59 p.m.



Entry fee - Members: $25 for up to 3 entries, Non-members: $35 for up to 3 entries. Payment is made through via credit card or PayPal.  Entry fee is nonrefundable.  There is no guarantee of acceptance into the exhibit.


Selection of Artwork:

Artists will be contacted at a date TBD if their piece has been accepted for the exhibit. 


Delivery of Artwork:

Delivery date TBD.

Art should be accompanied by a signed loan/commission/auction form

Works may be delivered in person from 9 am -4 pm Mondays-Saturdays to

McMillan Greenhouse

UNC Charlotte

9090 Craver Road

Charlotte, NC  28262

OR by United States Postal Service mail to:

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Re:  BL Magnolia Festival

9201 University City Blvd.

Charlotte, NC  28223-0001

OR by UPS to

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

McMillan Greenhouse

Re:  BL Magnolia Festival

9090 Craver Road

Charlotte, NC  28262

NOTE:  All shipping costs and insurance for delivery and return (if necessary) is the responsibility of the artist.* 


Framing Requirements:

All work must be dry and received framed and ready to hang with hardware not visible.  Frames/glass/plexi should be free of dust and scratches.  Artwork which is not adequately prepared for presentation as described above, or which is distinctly different from the images submitted, will not be included in the exhibit.  Artists whose work does not lend itself to framing must contact the event coordinator immediately upon receipt of acceptance to discuss installation of their work.


Sales, Silent Auction, Insurance

All work submitted must be either for sale or donated for silent auction.  The decision to donate will NOT have bearing on selection or awards for the exhibit.


Works for sale:  UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will handle artwork sales and tax and shall retain a 20% commission on all sales that occur during the exhibit or as a result of the exhibit.* 


Works for Silent Auction:  We will be taking silent auction bids on our website concurrent with the exhibit at  All proceeds from the auction with benefit Educational and Arts Programming at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.


Awards and Publicity 


Three awards will be presented at the opening reception

Best of Show and 2 merit prizes. 



The Best of Show will be awarded $300.


All award-winning artists (Best of Show and Merit) will be given a complimentary family membership to the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, which is a member of the reciprocal admissions program of the American Horticultural Society, offering free and/or discounted gardens admissions and programs at over 330 gardens throughout North America.



Prize-winning work will be highlighted on our website and social media (Facebook, Instagram) accompanied by the artist’s biography and/or mission statement.


UNC Charlotte reserves the right to use submitted images for promotional purposes.


Notification/ Pick up / Return of Work

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will notify artists at the end of the exhibit the status of their art (sold, not sold, or auction value).  Work which does not sell must be picked up between June 16 and June 22, by appointment.  Work unclaimed after June 22 becomes the property of UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens.


*All artists who choose NOT to donate their work to the silent auction and CANNOT arrange for their work to be picked up during the dates listed above, must include a prepaid shipping label in the original delivery package in order to have works returned in the case the work does not sell. 


Artist agreement: By submitting my work for consideration, I attest that I am the creator of the concept and artist of this work.  I understand that not all work submitted will necessarily be selected for exhibit.  I also understand that, if selected, I am responsible for all costs and insurance for delivery to and from the exhibit site.


Questions?  Please email Amy Tipton, Assistant Director, at

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