Saturday, November 30, 2013

In the Footsteps of David Douglas

Deadline: June 1, 2014 (RECEIVE)

In the Footsteps of David Douglas

Salem Art Association
Bush Barn Art Center
Salem, OR
September 12 – October 18, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming exhibition highlighting the legacy of David Douglas, the 19th-century botanist who explored the Lower Columbia and Willamette Valley regions in search of native plants and animals. Botanical artists, natural science illustrators and landscape painters are encouraged to apply with illustrations of species collected by Douglas or scenes of the Lower Columbia and Willamette Valley. Applications are due June 1, 2014.

This exhibition will highlight the life and accomplishments of Scottish botanist and explorer David Douglas and his contemporary legacy of plant collecting, documentation and illustration in the Pacific Northwest. The exhibition will include artifacts, herbaria samples, natural history literature and didactic displays illuminating Douglas’s botanizing and explorations in the Lower Columbia and Willamette Valley regions. A central focus of the exhibit will be a selection of natural science illustrations by contemporary artists working in a variety of mediums.

All artists 18 years of age or older are eligible to submit high-resolution images of up to three illustrations of plants or animals collected or documented by David Douglas in the Lower Columbia and Willamette Valley during his travels in these regions. All media will be considered. 2-D work can measure up to 48 inches on any side, inclusive of frame. Entries must be original artworks completed within the past two years. Works produced in a classroom under supervision or previously exhibited at the Bush Barn Art Center are not eligible. A list of available species can be found on the last page of the prospectus.

Application Process
Artists may submit high-resolution JPEG images between 5-10MB in size of up to three natural science illustrations, along with a completed application form and signed presentation requirements, to the Bush Barn Art Center, Attn: Catherine Alexander, Gallery Director, at 600 Mission Street SE, Salem, OR 97302. Deadline for applications is June 1, 2014. The jury panel will select up to three works per artist. ASBA members may call 503-581-2228 x302 or email submit an intent to illustrate a particular species.

Fee: $25.00

Jury Panel:
Susan Jones, teaches Natural Science Illustration and Botanical Illustration for the University of Washington's Extension Program.

Jack Nisbet – A writer, teacher and naturalist based in Spokane, Washington, Nisbet has authored several noted books about David Douglas, including The Collector (winner of the PNBA Book Award) and David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work.

John Savage – John Savage is President of the Willamette Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and the Chair of the Marion County Weed Advisory Council.

Download the Application and Prospectus:

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Bush Barn Art Center
600 Mission Street SE
Salem, Oregon 97302