Pre[serve] Art Exhibition

The Pre[serve] Art Exhibition is a student and alumni juried exhibition featuring works inspired by Sawmill Slough Preserve, a 382-acre nature preserve located on the UNF campus. The Sawmill Slough Preserve has been a focal point of campus life since the university's founding, and students have played an integral role in its preservation. This art show continues that tradition encouraging artists to venture into the Sawmill Slough Preserve to find inspiration. The works are displayed in an on-campus exhibition as a way to highlight the importance of conservation. In addition to the exhibition, there are a series of workshops that are meant to educate students about artistic techniques and the native flora and fauna found in the Sawmill Slough Preserve.


This project is supported by the Cummer Family Foundation and the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery. 

Planning Committee

Name      Title Department
Alex Diaz Associate Professor, Photography Department of Art and Design
Jim Draper Curator of Galleries Department of Art and Design
Sheila Goloborotko Assistant Professor, Printmaking Department of Art and Design
Kally Malcom Assistant Professor, Photography  Department of Art and Design
James W. Taylor Coordinator      Environmental Center

2018 Call to Artists

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition! Artists are invited to visually explore and investigate the wildlife, flora and landscape features of the UNF Sawmill Slough Preserve and create works motivated by this immersion. We are especially interested in works that bear witness to the Preserve’s natural beauty and capture the magic of this monumental environment. This exhibition will showcase works that share personal experiences; inspire others to connect with this natural environment; and evoke awareness of the preserve's perpetuity. 


Participants must be former or current University of North Florida students.


$1,000 in cash awards are available

Submission Deadline

Works must be submitted by Friday, March 2, 2018. Submissions will be accepted online via the Pre[serve] Art Exhibition group on Canvas. Follow this link to join the group.

Submission requirements

  • All media welcome
  • No more than three pieces may be submitted for consideration
  • Works submitted for consideration must be in the JPEG format, 72dpi (Image size 1024 on longest side)
  • Label images with last name_ first name 1.jpg (ex: Doe_John1.jpg)
  • The submission file must be labeled Last name_ first name, and include a description of the technique, size and year
  • Artwork must be accompanied by digital mapping location (GPS coordinates). This can be easily created using free global positioning apps or a geotagged photo. Few examples of free apps: Map Plus, GeoLocation, and Wekho.

Accepted works

  • Artwork must be ready to be hung
  • All 3D entries should have specific installation guidelines or be accompanied by appropriate hardware or furniture
  • Artist’s name should be on the back of work

Questions on submissions

Contact Director of UNF Galleries Jim Draper

2018 Exhibition and Opening Reception

There will be an opening reception at the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery on Thursday, March 29, from 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. 

2016 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition

Preserve Art: 2016 Exhibition   Preserve Art: 2016 Map