Call for Art: FLORA

A national exhibition juried by artist Mark Dion

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FLORA Prospectus

The botanical world is woven into the realms of art and science, providing materials for artmaking, a muse for inspiration, a reminder of our mortality, evidence of a complicated history—including colonization, and, perhaps even a way to decenter our human perspective. Beyond the simple beauty of plants lives contemporary solutions for sustenance and global sustainability. Gardening, foraging, and spending time outdoors can serve as solitary acts of escapism and also foster connections to both the bounty and precariousness of the plant world. Gallery 263 invites artists based in the United States to submit artwork that evokes the wonder of plants or questions our preconceived notions. The exhibition is juried by artist Mark Dion.

Submission Deadline: April 22 at 11:59 PM

Exhibition Dates: May 20 – June 19, 2021

About the Juror: Mark Dion

Mark Dion was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1961. He received a BFA (1986) and an honorary doctorate (2003) from the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art  Independent Study Program. Dion’s work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. Appropriating archaeological, field ecology and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Dion creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and ‘subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences. Dion also frequently collaborates with museums of natural history, aquariums, zoos and other institutions mandated to produce public knowledge on the topic of nature. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark Dion questions the objectivity and authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society, tracking how pseudo-science, social agendas and ideology creep into public discourse and knowledge production. He is the co-director of Mildred’s Land, an innovative visual art education and residency program in Beach Lake. Dion lives with his wife and frequent collaborator Dana Sherwood in Copake, New York and works worldwide.


Artwork Size Restrictions & Details:

2D (painting, drawing, photography, etc.) Max Dimensions: 60” W x 108” H (40 lbs. max)

3D (sculpture, assemblage, installation) Max Dimensions: MUST be self-supportive or mountable; may not exceed 108″H x 30″W x 30″D. Installations must be simple to assemble or installed by artist.

Time Media (video or audio): No length restrictions. Submit with links to streaming (YouTube or Vimeo). Artists will be required to provide a/v equipment with selected time-based works.

Size Restrictions of Artwork To Be Shipped:

Shipped artwork must fit in a box no larger than: 36”W x 36”H x 8″D, 40 lbs.

Note on Size Restrictions:

We make these restrictions with regard to the capacity of our space, and we appreciate your cooperation. We are a 700-square-foot, one-room gallery. Typically, our juried exhibitions show between 20 and 40 artworks.

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This is a national call, open to residents of the United States. Submitted work must have been created within the last five years, complete and presentation ready.


Online submissions only. Artists may submit up to 6 works. Work in all media is encouraged.

Deadline for Submission

Submissions must be received by Thursday, April, 22 2021 at 11:59pm. No late submissions will be accepted.

Entry Fee

Payment of  $25 for 1-3 submissions, $40 for 4-6. Payment must be received by the submission deadline.