"ARTiculture" by Deborah Ravin

2014 Art of the Heirloom exhibition at the National Heirloom Expo

Curated by the Hudson Valley Seed Library

(scroll down for guidelines and submission form)

We're proud to be bringing the show back for the fourth year! The Expo is a rare gathering, in Santa Rosa, California, of gardeners, food activists, farmers, and seedy people from all over the country. With educational lectures, activities, and incredible keynote speakers, the Expo brings in 20,000+ people while raising awareness about heirloom seeds and the threat of GMOs.

Each year the Hudson Valley Seed Library brings our Art of the Heirllom exhibition of original art created for our seed packs to the Expo. We open up this version of gallery show to artists all over America who paint, draw, carve, embroider, collage, print, etch images related to heirloom gardening. Anyone can enter! Each year three works of art are selected for special honors and are printed in the Heirloom Gardener Magazine following the show.

If you would like your gardening related art seen by thousands of people, please fill out the form below. Deadline for entries is July 31st or when we run out of wall space!


"The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration." - Claude Monet

Are you and artist inspired by heirloom gardens? Gardens are unique expressions of a gardener’s hand and heirloom varieties are a reflection of the diversity of gardener’s sensibilities, palate, and notions of beauty.

The Art of the Heirloom is an exhibition of artist’s interpretations and contemplations of heirloom seeds and the cultural importance of preserving our collective garden heritage.

We seek works of art that are inspired by heirloom gardening. Works in all media and formats will be considered excluding photography. Works may be illustrative, sculptural, abstract, concrete, or conceptual interpretations of one of four categories.

1. Garden Variety: To enter this category the work must represent specifically identified variety or varieties of heirloom vegetables, fruits, herbs, or flowers.

2. Save the Seed: This category includes works related to seeds, seed stories, open-pollination, seed saving/breeding, food politics, GMOs, and regional seed sovereignty. Art made from or incorporating seeds or plant material will also be considered for this category.

3. Sowers and Growers: Art depicting heirloom gardens, gardeners, sustainable agriculture, American farm/garden heritage, and the act of growing.

4. From Seed to Plate: Artwork related to harvesting, cooking, recipes, and eating.

Awards: Three works will receive awards. One will be chosen by the Hudson Valley Seed Library and on by Baker Creek. A third work will receive the "Gardener's Choice" award voted on by Heirloom Expo attendees. These artists will receive ribbons and be featured in an article in the Heirloom Gardener Magazine.

Volunteer! We are looking for volunteers to help hang, gallery sit, and pack up the show. If you are interested please indicate that on the form below. Volunteers receive two free tickets to the Expo.

Note: You must use the online submission form. Deadline is July 31st. Accepted artists will receive an email response with mailing instructions. If accepted, work must be hand-delivered or mailed to arrive in California by August 31st. Work must come framed, wired, and ready to hang. All work is delivered at the expense of the artist and is to be picked up at the end of the Expo. Work requiring return shippin must arrive with a prepaid return address inside the package.  

Due to the volume of submissions, we can't answer individual emails with questions. Please do your best with the submission form (below) and we'll get back to you.