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
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.
ENTRY FEE: None.
Selected artists will be provided a $250 design honorarium to develop their
JURY: Works will be selected by a jury panel with
representatives of the NYC Urban Soils Institute (USI) and the U.S. Botanic
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59
PM (EDT) June 1, 2019
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
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 byJuly 15 to: Emily Hestness U.S. Botanic Garden 4700 Shepherd Parkway SW Washington, DC 20032
–HAND DELIVERon 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.