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18th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition

April 5 through June 12, 2016


Nepenthes macfarlanei, Pitcher Plant by Mark Leonard Isaac-Williams. Winner of the 2015 Bourn Award for distinction with an emphasis on horticulture.

The Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit has long been an essential part of our Botanical Art Program’s mission to interpret and preserve this historically significant art form. Artists are invited to enter original artwork in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the rich tradition of botanical art and adheres to high standards of botanical accuracy and skilled use of media.

February 7 - Entry deadline
February 19 - Selection results e-mailed
March 24-31 - Deadline for shipped artwork to arrive at Filoli
April 4 - Deadline for hand carried artwork, 9-11 am
April 5 - Exhibition opens
April 7 - Artists’ Reception, 5-7 pm

June 12 - Exhibition closes
June 13 - Pick-up of hand carried artwork, 11 am–12 pm

June 13-17 - Return shipments of artwork


Botanical artists are invited to enter original artwork not previously exhibited in a Filoli botanical art exhibition in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the rich tradition of botanical art and adheres to high standards of botanical accuracy. Prints will not be accepted. All work will be juried using digital images.


The entry process has changed this year and will be handled by The website has many helpful features and will insure a smooth process for all parties.

The jpeg images should be 1920 pixels @72 dpi on the longest side. Images should be in JPEG format.  If you need help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images, you can go to  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please email or call 949- 287-8645.


There is a $35 entry fee for up to three images. Entries must be paid by the entry deadline. It is crucial that your images be of the highest quality as they may be used for producing the exhibition postcard, the Filoli website and other promotional materials. Entry fees are non-refundable. The entry deadline is February 7.


All art work will be juried using digital images. The exhibit jurors are Susan T. Fisher, Colorado and Beverly Allen, Australia. Criteria for acceptance will include botanical accuracy as well as artistic presentation and technical use of medium represented by a high quality digital image. Selection results will be e-mailed February 19.


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% donation 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.


Artists whose work is accepted by the jurors will receive detailed instructions for shipping and hand delivery of artwork. The artist is responsible for all shipping and insurance costs. Artwork must be received by March 31 via carrier or April 4, 9–11 am on site. 


Maximum Frame Size     30” width x 36” height
Minimum Frame Size      8” width x 10” height

Selected entries must be:

  • Framed and ready to hang
  • NO sawtooths or projecting eye screws
  • Plexiglass required on all artwork
  • White or off-white mat colors
  • Simple gold or wood frames
  • NO metal frames
  • Floating images are discouraged as they often ‘fall’ during shipment

Label the back of your artwork with your name, address, phone number, email, title of artwork, sales status and price. Titles MUST include the Latin name of the plant portrayed.

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

If you have questions about the exhibit content and/or your entry please contact the Curators:

Catherine Watters

Lee McCaffree


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