Wesselman Woods Seeks Artists for Juried Art Contest

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Wesselman Woods Seeks Artists for Juried Art Contest



Wesselman Woods is hosting their second annual juried art contest. Art submitted for this contest should reflect aspects of nature within the Ohio River Valley bioregion. This bioregion hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as a variety of socio-cultural, ecological, and environmental issues; any of these topics can be represented or addressed with the artwork.

This contest provides an opportunity for members of the community to showcase what they love or what they are concerned about within the bioregion through a visual medium.

This exhibit is geared toward ages 15 and up. There are two categories, divided by age: Teens (15-19) and Adults (20+). A “Best in Show” winner will be selected from each group as well as Honorable Mentions. Artists under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian approval. A name, phone number, and email address of parent/guardian should be included in their application.

Selected artwork will be on display at the Wesselman Woods Nature Center for three months (June 17, 2023 – September 15, 2023). In addition to the physical display, images of artwork and links to the artist portfolios will be shared online through the newsletter, website, and social media (artists are not required to have an online portfolio to enter the contest or be considered for an award).

Themes: Wildlife, nature, and environmental issues of the Ohio River Valley bioregion.

Accepted Media: 2-D (photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design) and 3-D (sculpture, fiber, and mixed media)

Artists must complete the Art Contest application for consideration. Wesselman Woods employees, volunteers, and interns may enter the contest but they will not receive consideration for any awards.


Teen Category Award: Winner will receive a monetary prize (amount to be determined) and a one-year individual membership to Wesselman Woods.

Adult Category Award: Winner will receive a monetary prize (amount to be determined) and a one-year individual membership to Wesselman Woods.

Honorable Mentions in each category will receive a one-year individual membership to Wesselman Woods.


The full prospectus can be downloaded here.
Each artist is limited to two entries. Please fill out a separate portion of the form for each entry.
All submitted images of work must be JPEG. The size of image should be under 5 MB with a minimum of 1200 pixels on the longest side. These digital images are viewed by the Juror during the selection process (max 5 images per entry).
Artists should name their images in this format: lastname_title. (Examples: Garwood_Riverfish, Rademacher_Untitled)
Filling out the application does not guarantee acceptance into the exhibit.
Artwork should NOT be dropped off at the Nature Center until your acceptance to the show is confirmed.
Wesselman Woods is not a conventional art gallery.


Contest announced to the public: February 10
Contest entry deadline: April 28
Exhibit pieces juried/chosen: Week of May 8
Artwork drop off: May 29 – June 2
Reception: 6 PM on June 17 at the Nature Center
Award Winners and Honorable Mentions announced at the reception
Wesselman Woods Exhibition: June 17 – September 15
Artwork pickup: September 18-22
Award winners on display until March 8, 2024

For any questions, contact Kristina Arwood, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement at kristina@wesselmanwoods.org.