2015 Art Competition—Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore

“Samothracae,” an abstract wooden sculpture by Jack Elliott of Ithaca, NY, was awarded first prize in Adkins Arboretum’s fifteenth annual Art Competition—Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Submissions are being accepted for the 2015 Competition.

The Arboretum's sixteenth annual Art Competition will exhibit in February and March 2015. The theme of the competition—Discovering the Native Landscapes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore—celebrates the Arboretum’s mission of conservation. The Leon Andrus Award, in honor of the Arboretum’s first benefactor, will be presented to the competition’s winner. A second-place award will also be given.

The competition is open to original two- and three-dimensional fine arts in all mediums, including outdoor sculpture and installations. It will be juried by Christine Neill, an artist who teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art. Neill is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Fellowship and a Mellon Arts Grant. Known for her watercolor and mixed media paintings and prints, she has exhibited in France, Egypt, Italy and extensively along the Eastern Seaboard. She is the recipient of the 2005 Andrus Award.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 7, 2015. Digital images of up to three pieces of art by each artist should be sent to art@adkinsarboretum.org. Submissions should include title, medium, dimensions (maximum of 6 feet in any direction, excluding outdoor sculpture), and artist’s name and address. Works should reflect or interpret broadly the show’s theme of wild nature and landscapes of the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain region.

The artists of work selected will be contacted by Jan. 16 to submit the original art ready to hang by Jan 31. The exhibit will open Feb. 3 and will run through March 27, 2015 with a reception on Sat., Feb. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. There is no fee for the competition, but artists are responsible for all shipping expenses. Selected artists may be considered for future exhibits at the Arboretum.

For more information, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or send e-mail to info@adkinsarboretum.org.

The competition is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists.