Arts Society & Culture

State Botanical Garden holds statewide art competition

Athens, Ga. – The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is conducting an art competition sponsored by the J.A. and H.G. Woodruff Jr. Charitable Trust to recognize student talent and create signature items for the garden’s gift shop.

The competition is open to Georgia students ninth grade and above. This year’s theme—Georgia’s native plants—celebrates the state’s flora. Although entries are not required to include native plants, it is recommended.

The artist with the winning design will receive $1,000. Other prizes of $500 and $250, plus certificates of merit, will be awarded. The deadline to enter is Dec. 1.

Entrants should keep in mind that the goal is to create items for the State Botanical Garden of Georgia’s gift shop. These items include totes, stationery, T-shirts, journals, scarves and more. All artwork should be 24 inches by 36 inches or less and must be two-dimensional. Acceptable media includes pencil, pen and ink, paint, photography, collage and computer-enhanced graphics. One-color designs are also welcome. The artwork does not need to be framed, but it should be signed.

In previous years, the winning entrants have included art, graphic design, scientific illustration and photography majors along with high school and home-schooled students and students majoring in degrees not related to art or horticulture.

For more information about the competition, call 706/542-6014. To download the guidelines and entry form, see For more information about the botanical garden, see