Flora and Fauna Illustrata

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (MLA) and the Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL) present a long-term project to document the plant and animal species at the Arboretum through scientifically-accurate fine art.

We are seeking submissions from artists to show us the best of the MLA flora and fauna that inspire them!

Artwork is reviewed by an artistic and scientific jury which meets twice a year. If accepted, it will become part of the Flora and Fauna Illustrata (FFI) permanent collection to be archived and exhibited periodically by AHL. The collection provides a visual regional and national resource to aid research and serves to inspire learning, discovery, and enjoyment.

As there are thousands of species at the MLA, this project and our call for submissions is ongoing.

In past years, we have put out specific calls for Prairie Plants and Animals, Minnesota Hardy Plants, Spring Plants, and Trees, but we are always accepting entries for any plant, animal, or insect found on the 1,200+ acres of the MLA or the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center (HRC). 

Explore a complete list of species that artists have already requested and submitted, or selected work archived at UMedia.

Next submission deadline is November 17, 2021. Jury consideration will be Monday, November 22.

Please visit the FFI submission page for submission specifications and requirements.

If you are interested in submitting work to this project, please fill out this artist inquiry form, and the FFI Coordinator will get in contact with you.

Questions or comments? Contact the Andersen Horticultural Library:  612-301-1239, hortlib@umn.edu

Check out our coloring pages derived from FFI tree artwork!