Call for Entries: UNF Botanical Garden

White square in green forest

In 1837, the city of Chicago adopted Urbs in Horto—a Latin phrase meaning “City in a Garden”—as its official slogan, ushering in an era of urban planning focused on harmonious integration of human- made and natural spaces.

In 2006, the Sawmill Slough was officially designated a natural preserve, ensuring the continued existence of our own “Campus in a Garden” here at the University of North Florida.

In Spring 2022, UNF will enter a new phase of its commitment to the natural environment with the official opening of the UNF Botanical Garden—a project that links “green spaces” across campus, including the Sawmill Slough preserve. We plan to celebrate with a site-specific, campus-wide outdoor gallery of

creative, visual works by current students and alumni responding to the Culture of Nature theme: an examination of the ways humanity intersects with the natural environment. Show us your vision of the Culture of Nature!


Selected entries will be displayed in locations across campus as 4’ X 6’, double-sided outdoor mesh banners. All visual media—including 2-D, 3-D, and time-based works—are welcome! Keep in mind, though, that all selected works will be reproduced as large-format, 2-D prints on vinyl mesh. Participants must be current or former University of North Florida students; selected artists will be asked to provide print-ready digital files.

Submissions and Exhibition Timeline

  • Artists may submit a maximum of 3 works for consideration
  • Submissions due: January 10, 2022
  • Selected works announced: January 18, 2022
  • Print-ready Digital Files of selected works due: January 25, 2022
  • Installation: March 1, 2022


UNF Botanical Garden volunteers will sponsor the following cash awards, to be selected by the juror and announced at the opening reception:

  • Best in Show Award ($300)
  • Juror’s Choice Award ($200)
  • Excellence and Merit Award ($100)

Admission to the opening reception is free, but an RSVP is required. Exhibiting artists are expected to attend (Date and details TBD). Award checks will be mailed to winners within 30 days of selection.

Incomplete or late submissions, or those failing to follow submission guidelines, will not be reviewed. Accepted artists grant UNF the right to display their work and reproduce it for publicity and fundraising purposes; otherwise, individual artists retain copyright to their images.

How to Submit

Submissions will be accepted only through the Culture of Nature application form online. Please click to submit your application!


File Submission Standards

Selected artists work(s) must be submitted as follows:

•       JPG format

  • 100 pixels per inch (PPI) at full print size 48” (width) X 72” (height); in other words, 4800 X 7200 at 100 PPI.