Art of Nature 2020 Artist Submissions

01/17/2020 - 03/14/2020 11:55 PM ET


The Art of Nature is an annual 6-week outdoor art installation. Opening day kicks off the Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25. The 2020 theme in Interconnected. Please submit your proposal based on the outlined criteria.


Interconnected: Art of Nature 2020

NEW LOCATION: Blue Heron Nature Preserve Emma Wetlands at 0 Emma Lane, Atlanta, GA




Pre-opening preparation dates:

Guided Tour of the Emma Wetlands

  • Saturday, February 22 at noon

  • Rain Date: Saturday, March 29th at noon

  • Everyone to gather at the bridge at 0 Emma Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30342

  • This is a nature trail so please wear appropriate shoes.

Please RSVP to for the guided tour.


Applications Due

  • March 14th, 2020 11:55pm

Artist Notification

  • March 19th, 2020

Installation Period

  • Monday, April 20th - Friday the 24th
    • Anyone painting a mural can start at a time agreed by both parties.

    • All artwork must be installed between April 20th and 24th

Installation period:

Opening Reception

  • Saturday April 25th, Noon

Exhibition Run

  • Sunday April 25th - Saturday May 30th


  • Sunday May 31st and Saturday June 6th
    • All accepted work must remain on display through the end of the exhibition on May 30th.

Final Stipend will be mailed after the art is deinstalled


Show details

Theme: Interconnected


Blue Heron Nature Preserve seeks proposals for works by contemporary artists to design projects built around the notion of interconnectivity. Interconnectivity is an important element of natural ecosystems and is demonstrated in the Preserve through the symbiotic relationships between different species, such as the underground web of fungal networks that connect trees throughout the forest and allow them to communicate and share water and nutrients.

Artists are welcome to explore the possibility of site-specificity. The theme provides an opportunity for artists working in all media to consider themes of interconnectivity that may involve symbiotic relationships between different species of wildlife in the Preserve, and also relationships between humans and the natural world and how these relationships may be affected by human civilization and development. The work must be an outdoor piece that is integrated within the Preserve


The Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s The Art of Nature is a six week long outdoor art exhibition featuring site-specific art installations at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Artists and artist teams are invited to submit proposals for with a fee of 25.00 for professional and 10.00 for students. From these proposals The Art of Nature will select artists and will award them a $800 stipend to create their work.

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Alison Hamil, the 2020 Artist-in-Residence at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve.


Entry procedure

  • All artists are eligible to apply

  • Entry fee is $25

    • $10 for students

  • All submissions are due by March 14th, 2020

  • Art projects can hang from the trees, be on the ground, on our new bridges, or painted on selected walls. Damage to the environment is not allowed.

  • Public art at Blue Heron will not be supervised 24/7. All art must be safely made for the general public.

  • All submitting artists will be notified of their status on March 19th via email.

  • The accepted artist will have the first check for stipend of $400 after a waiver has been signed and returned to

  • After a proposal is selected, alterations or substitutions cannot be made without authorization by Blue Heron. We reserve the right to remove any works from the exhibition based on special installation circumstances or discrepancies between the juried images and actual work.

Submission Critera:

  • Up to five (5) images for jurying: 3 to 5 images of past works and up to 2 - 5 images of your proposed project. Images of your proposed project may be sketches, studies, renderings, photographs of assembled elements or complete projects if the project has been realized in an earlier incarnation.

  • Please include name, phone #, titles, and address in your submission papers.

  • Pay for your submission via this link, then email your submissions to Submissions without payment will not be considered.