University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA) - Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL)

Flora and Fauna Illustrata (FFI)


Flora #2:  Spring Plants


Call Type:  Archival & Exhibition

Eligibility:  International

City:  Chaska

State:  Minnesota

Fee:  No Fee

Participation Deadline:  Ongoing

First Jury Deadline:  7/1/17



Note:  Project is ongoing. Multiple calls may be in process simultaneously. 

The mission of the Flora and Fauna Illustrata project is to document plants and animals of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA) for the next one hundred years through scientifically accurate fine art.  Artists from around the world are invited to show us the best of the MLA flora and fauna that inspire them. While we are accepting entries for any plant or animal found on the 1,200+ acres of the MLA or the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center (HRC), this second call is focused on spring plants (and/or their parts). 

The Andersen Horticultural Library permanently documents and archives the donated art and facilitates periodic exhibitions of the pieces.  The collection provides a visual regional and national resource to aid research and serves to inspire learning, discovery, and enjoyment.



This juried project is open to all artists.  Individual artists working in any two-dimensional medium (excluding photography) are strongly encouraged to apply. 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 both physically and online. Artists will retain some rights to use their artwork, which will be specified in the FFI-Artist agreement.  A high-resolution scan of jury-accepted artwork will be provided in electronic format by the AHL to the artist for his or her personal not-for-profit use.



Subject:  A wide variety of native wildflowers and a record 70,000 bulbs will be blooming this spring at the MLA. Select a specific plant or its parts (fruit, flowers, leaves, etc.) growing at the MLA or HRC and render it in scientifically accurate two-dimensional fine art (excluding photography). Artwork depicting other plants or animals of the MLA or HRC will also be considered, although priority for this call will be given to spring plant images.

It is not necessary to illustrate the entire life cycle of the subject.  If the image is not life-sized, a bar scale must be included.

Each submission should represent a single species, but subordinate organisms that occur naturally with that species may be included. A specimen or photograph of the species will be provided whenever possible, but artists are encouraged to take their own photographs for reference. These photographs may accompany the final work upon submission to the jury. Both the scientific and common names should be written on the back of the artwork. 

Media Accepted:  Two-dimensional original artwork, excluding photography.

Genre Accepted:  Scientifically accurate images.   No landscapes.

Size:  No larger than 32” x 40”; either vertical or horizontal orientation.  Diptychs, triptychs, etc., are acceptable, with each piece not exceeding 32” x 40”.  Artwork must be unframed and unmatted. The mat size may be indicated in pencil on the piece.



Artists interested in submitting work to the Flora and Fauna Illustrata should contact FFI Coordinator, Gretchen Wagener Burau, email:, phone: 612-301-1239. For more information about the Flora and Fauna Illustrata project, visit

Interested artists will be invited to attend a free informational session (approximately 60 minutes) at the MLA. At this optional gathering, participants will learn more about the FFI project, the Andersen Horticultural Library, and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Artists will also be provided with a Field Project Leader if additional assistance is desired.



Finished artwork of an MLA plant or animal must be submitted in a clear acetate envelope to protect the work.  Originals will be submitted to a jury consisting of a scientific expert in the subject field, an artist in the subject field, and at least one representative of the MLA-AHL. 

Juries will meet as needed to review submissions. Artists will be notified by mail or email whether their work was selected for inclusion in the FFI Archive.