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

Call Type:  Archival & Exhibition
Eligibility:  International
City:  Chaska
State:  Minnesota
Fee:  No Fee
Participation Deadline:  Ongoing

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) 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), you may find the current call on the FFI website.

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 and digital art) 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 is 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.

Artworks will be selected to represent the whole species, it's parts (fruit, flowers, branches, etc.), and seasonal forms. Duplicate submissions will not be considered once a species, it's parts, and seasonal forms are all represented.

  • Select a species growing at the MLA or HRC, then contact the FFI coordinator at to check availability of the species or it's parts.
  • ​The artist must render a plant from the grounds of the MLA. A specimen or photograph of the species will be provided whenever possible.  However, artists are encouraged to take their own photographs for reference.
  • 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.

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

Genre Accepted:  Scientifically accurate images.  No landscapes.

Size:  Works must be unframed and unmatted with the desired 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. 

Both the scientific and common names should be written on the back of the artwork.

Interested artists will be invited to 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, with photographs used for reference, must be submitted to the Andersen Horticultural Library in a clear acetate envelope to protect the work.

Originals will be submitted by the FFI Coordinator 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.

All artists who apply are eligible for a reduced rate on membership or  8 free passes to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Artists interested in submitting work to the Flora and Fauna Illustrata should contact the Andersen Horticultural Library: or 612-301-1239.  For more information about the Flora and Fauna Illustrata project, visit

*Disclaimer: The number of submissions per call will determine if a call will be displayed.