Celebrating the Joy and Art of Play!

Exhibition Dates Friday, March 29, 2019 – Sunday, Sept 30, 2019

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (LGBG) invites artists to submit proposals for art (either created specifically for this exhibit or existing works) for a temporary outdoor exhibition of art inspired by the theme of PLAY. This exhibit will highlight how playful interactions can create connection, conversation and joy. This exhibition will also incorporate programming and interactive events throughout the season with community partnerships and collaborations to entertain and delight the child in all of us. Our gardens create a vibrant canvas for integrated pieces of artwork, exploration of the natural world and playful experiences outdoors.

In 2017, the Richmond region was recognized as a Playful City by Kaboom. We celebrate the notion that outdoor recreation and play builds a healthy community and wish to reflect that in our visitor experience.

Exhibition Schedule
October 12, 2018: Call for Art posted
Dec 1, 2018: Submission Deadline
Dec 14, 2018: Artist acceptance notification
March 2019: Installation of art (exact dates TBD with artists once selected)
March 29, 2019: Exhibition opens to the public
Sept 30, 2019: Exhibition closes
October 1: TBD De-installation of art (exact dates TBD with artists once selected)

Exhibition Description

From Friday, March 29 – Sunday, October 1, 2019, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will feature an outdoor exhibition of large-scale, site-specific art installations that reflect the theme of Play. In addition to the featured art installations, pop-up events and programming created by partner organizations, staff, and volunteers will happen throughout the exhibit.
The 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. Some art may be accessible to facility rental guests after hours.

Exhibition Goals

  • Incorporate art that stimulates conversation and connect and reflects the theme of PLAY.
  • Facilitate innovative and engaging experiences, fostering a sense of joy and wonder.
  • Spark conversations and inspire connection between visitors.
  • Using the beautiful natural environment of the garden, create multiple opportunities to reflect on art that highlights the joyfulness and benefits of play.

Interpretive Themes

  1. The word Play can represent art that is connected to play or playfulness mental or tangible, in both the literal and metaphoric sense. We welcome artistic interpretations of this conceptual idea.
  2. To play can mean to play a game, to interact, to perform, to play a musical instrument, perform a theatrical piece. We encourage the exploration of play that creates authentic conversations and interactions between guests

Artist Proposal Requirements

Please submit all items listed below (Artist Information and Additional Materials) by midnight December 1, 2018. Email a link to a Dropbox folder containing all required elements to ellynparker@lewisginter.org
Electronic submissions are required or a USB may be mailed and received by deadline to Exhibitions Manager, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 1800 Lakeside Dr. Richmond, VA 23228.

Artist Information
Resume/CV/Bio to include all of the following items:

Artist Name
Email Address
Description of artist background and experiences
Reference list of successful exhibits and/or projects, which may include up to five photos
Statement: I agree to sign an Exhibitor Agreement outlining the scope of work if my proposal is accepted (electronic signature/initials)

Additional Materials Proposals must include all of the elements listed below.

  • Scale plan and rendering or image of design or existing artwork – must include dimensions*.
  • Up to 5 images of the proposed art or other existing work that reflects the artistic ability to create and install the proposed art. (max 1200 pixels wide)Description of materials.
  • Budget.
  • Artist statement or explanation of connection to exhibition goals/themes. Please include opportunities for interaction with artwork by Garden guests, if applicable. Additional opportunities for programming and events will also be considered.

*Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden reserves the right to use any and all images, renderings, and models for the promotion of the exhibition in print or electronic format.