University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA) – Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL) Flora and Fauna Illustrata (FFI)

Flora #3:  Minnesota Hardy

Call Type:  Archival & Exhibition
Eligibility:  International
City:  Chaska
State:  Minnesota
Fee:  No Fee
Participation Deadline:  Ongoing
First Jury Deadline:  11/15/17

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 third call is focused on plants introduced by the University of Minnesota (and/or their parts). 

The Andersen Horticultural Library permanently documents and archives the donated art and facilitates periodic exhibitions of it.  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 property of the University of Minnesota and will be exhibited periodically, 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 by the AHL to the artist for his or her personal not-for-profit use.

Subject: 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the 110th anniversary of the Horticultural Research Center. To honor the numerous apple, grape, tree, azalea and other plant varieties introduced by the University of Minnesota, we invite artists to select a specific “MN Hardy” plant or its parts and render it in scientifically accurate two-dimensional fine art (excluding photography). For more information about MN Hardy varieties, visit:

• Artwork depicting other plants or animals of the MLA or HRC will also be considered, although priority for this call will be given to MN Hardy 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 should take their own photographs for reference. These photographs will                 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:  Works must be unframed and unmated with the mat size indicated in pencil on the piece. Art may be vertically or horizontally orientated and must fit in the following frame sizes:

  • 16" x 20"
  • 20" x 24" 
  • 24" x 30"

Diptychs, triptychs, etc. are acceptable, with each piece not exceeding 24" x 30" framed. 

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

Finished artwork of an MLA plant or animal must be submitted in a clear acetate envelope to protect the work.  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, will critique the work. 

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.