Request for Proposals for Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas at Lewis Ginter

Published on December 14, 2016

Request for Proposals (RFP) for Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas and other info is now available on the new exhibitions page of our website:



Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas
Friday, May 26 – Sunday, October 1, 2017
Call for Proposals:

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, invites emerging and established artists who live or work within 100 miles of Richmond to submit proposals for Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas, a temporary outdoor exhibition of art inspired by nature. Wild Art is a collaborative community art experience, combining the efforts of a dozen regional artists and thousands of Garden visitors to transform the Garden into a living tapestry of natural art.

Exhibition Description
Wild Art will feature twelve large-scale, site-specific art installations using nature as medium. The art installations will be comprised of materials found in the natural environment, in their natural state or minimally processed. Examples include live plants, fallen trees, limbs, vines, dried grasses, soil, sand, rock, water, metal ore, cotton, linen, silk, leather, and handmade paper. Ideally, the installations will be multi-sensory, inviting guests to interact safely with the installation, each other, and/or the surrounding landscape. One example of this is a collaborative installation, allowing the public to participate in the creation of the art over the course of the exhibition.

Artists will be selected through a competitive process to exhibit in predetermined locations within Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s 50 acres of cultivated landscape. Possible settings for artwork include, but are not limited to: grassy areas; along the forest edge; in or next to lakes, ponds, and streams; and adjacent to habitats such as the wetland and meadow. Links to a map and photographs of potential installation sites are available on the LGBG website:

In addition to the featured art installations, pop-up ephemeral art created with natural materials by partner organizations, staff, and volunteers provide something new for guests to discover each visit. Creation stations will allow self-guided opportunities for visitor-generated, nature-based art in designated areas of the Garden.

The Wild Art exhibition will be accessible to the public during regular operating hours; Friday – Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and select Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Exhibition Goals
 Entwine art and nature to spark new ways of interacting with the plant world
 Facilitate innovative and engaging experiences, fostering a sense of joy and wonder
 Spark conversations and inspire action regarding environmental stewardship
 Showcase the breadth and depth of artistic talent in central Virginia.