<p style="font-size: 0.9rem;font-style: italic;"><a href="https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/240421">"Terracotta rattle in the form of a pig"</a> is licensed under <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/CC0/1.0/?ref=ccsearch&atype=html" style="margin-right: 5px;">CC CC0 1.0</a><a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/CC0/1.0/?ref=ccsearch&atype=html" target="_blank" rel=
modified Creative Commons photo, original is  Terracotta rattle in the form of a pig, Metropolitan Museum Of Art,   


Presented by the NYC Urban Soils Institute in collaboration with the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Chia (Salvia hispanica) is a legendary plant with a great history and influence in Mesoamerica. It was historically used for energy and medicinal properties. In the long tradition of animal pottery in Mexico, terra cotta forms were used to sprout chia seeds on altars in religious ceremonies. It’s likely some of these were appropriated and became the antecedents to the 1970’s U.S. kitsch items, Chia Pets® .

As part of their It’s Hip to Be Square: The Mint Family exhibit (yes, chia is in the mint family!) in their Conservatory, the U.S. Botanic Garden seeks to display creative, engaging, and whimsical sculptures on which chia seeds can be sprouted. Submit your design for a terra cotta chia sculpture. Works from ten artists will be selected for inclusion in the exhibit and will each receive a $250 design honorarium to create the works. The selected chia sculptures will be grown and displayed at peak beauty by U.S. Botanic Garden horticulturists.

ENTRY PROCESS: Click here to begin your application.

ARTWORK SPECIFICATIONS: Chia vessel must be no larger than 8 inches in any dimension, and must be created using low-fired, porous terra cotta, with striations on the surface, so as to be suitable for chia growth.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists living and working in the U.S.


DESIGN HONORARIUM: Selected artists will be provided a $250 design honorarium to develop their proposals.

JURY: Works will be selected by a jury panel with representatives of the NYC Urban Soils Institute (USI) and the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG).
: 11:59 PM (EDT) June 1, 2019

NOTIFICATION: Artists will be notified by email and by posting on https://projectsoils.org/chia/ by June 8, 2019. Notification of acceptance will include further information about exhibition details and horticulture requirements.

SCHEDULE:     Exhibition dates: mid-July through mid-November 2019

Artists’ talk: Fall 2019, date TBD

SHIPPING/DELIVERY: Artist is responsible for transporting work to and from USBG by July, 15, 2019.

-SHIP to arrive by July 15 to:   
Emily Hestness
U.S. Botanic Garden
4700 Shepherd Parkway SW
Washington, DC 20032


HAND DELIVER on July 15 to:
Emily Hestness
U.S. Botanic Garden
245 1st St SW
Washington, DC 20515

ARTWORK AVAILABILITY: If accepted, artwork must be available through November 2019.

RETURN OF ARTWORK: Works will be returned using pre-paid return labels provided by artist, or artist may pick up from USBG: November 2019

Sales: Artwork will not be for sale.

Questions: Please send an email with Chia in the title to:
Margaret Boozer, Director,
Art Extension Service, NYC Urban Soils Institute

ENTRY PROCESS: Click here to begin your application.



Copyright: All submissions must be original work, entirely the work of the entrant, and free from any copyright infringement. Violation of copyright will lead to the removal of the work from exhibition. If any copyright claim is asserted against USI or USBG related to the work, artist will defend such claim at its own expense.

Use of images: Images of accepted designs and final works may be used by USBG and USI in publicity for the exhibition and may be used on the website for promoting the exhibition, before, during, and after its run without further permission being sought.

Liability: All reasonable care will be taken to protect the artwork, however the artwork may not be supervised at all times and will experience normal wear and tear. USBG will not be liable for any damage to or loss of artworks during shipment, delivery, installation, exhibition, storage, or removal. The artist is responsible for insuring their own work if desired. USBG reserves the right to review all submitted work for compliance with the requirements outlined in the prospectus and the right to refuse any work that does not comply with those requirements, or that is inconsistent with the image of the proposal selected.

Agreement: If the artwork is selected for exhibition, the artist’s submission shall constitute an agreement on the part of the artist to comply with the conditions set forth in this prospectus including the following: I hereby release and discharge the representatives of USBG and USI from any and all claim occasioned by damage or loss of artwork while in their possession. I understand that if any deviation from the conditions in the prospectus are discovered, USBG and USI organizers have the right to remove the work from exhibition and that I will return the design honorarium in full. Artist or artist’s agents may not remove work prior to the close of the exhibition. Permission to reproduce any image of accepted artwork for archival, educational, or publicity purposes is granted to USI and the USBG in perpetuity. Artist may not engage in advertising practices that feature the Capitol, Capitol Complex, or USBG in a manner in which conveys, or is reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship, approval or endorsement of any product or service by the Congress, the Government of the United States, or any Department, Agency or instrumentality thereof. Artist will submit any proposed commercial uses, advertising or promotional copy connected with the artwork to the USBG for approval prior to publication. Artist may use photographs of the artwork for non-profit educational and/or archival purposes in perpetuity.