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Pre[serve] Art Exhibition – Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions for the 2022 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition has been extended to Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022.


Artists are invited to submit works that bear witness to the Sawmill Slough Preserve's natural beauty and capture the magic of this magnificent environment, while also contemplating the vulnerability of nature and touch on topics such as climate change, gentrification, habitat loss, etc.


Artists must explore and investigate the flora, fauna and varied landscapes found within the Sawmill Slough Preserve and create works inspired by the experience. Artists will submit GPS coordinates that will be used to create an interactive map for the "point of inspiration" of each work.


Selected works will be displayed in an exhibition at the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery. In addition, digital copies of the works will be archived through Institute of Environmental Research and Design digital collection. Visit the Pre[serve] Art Exhibition digital collection to view past works.


All media welcome! Participants must be current or former University of North Florida students.


Multiple cash awards available and awards will be announced at the opening reception.


Students must be eligible to receive cash awards and current UNF employees are not eligible for cash awards.

Submission Deadline

Works must be submitted through Canvas by Sunday, Jan. 30 at 11:59 p.m. All works submitted for consideration should be ready for display. Artists will be notified of acceptance no later than Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. 

Submission requirements

All media welcome. No more than three pieces may be submitted for consideration (the submission form must be completed for each piece!).


All submissions will require:

  • Artist legal name
  • Artist display name
  • N#
  • Title
  • Medium
  • Year
  • Value (in dollars)
  • List work for sale (yes/no)
  • Final, framed size of work
  • GPS coordinates: Submission must include GPS coordinates in decimal degrees of the "point of inspiration" within the Preserve. For example, Jacksonville's coordinates are 30.3322° N, 81.6557° W.
  • Image of work: Works submitted for consideration must be in the JPEG format, 72dpi (Image size 1024 on longest side). The image file must be named last name_ first name_name of work.jpg (ex: Doe_John_untitled.jpg).

Accepted works

Accepted works must be delivered no later than Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 by 5 p.m. Works not delivered on time will be refused and not displayed in the exhibition. Additional instructions will be sent to accepted artists. 


Artwork must be ready to be hung with the artist's name on the back of the work. All 3D entries should have specific installation guidelines and be accompanied by appropriate hardware and/or furniture.


Students must collect works from the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery after April 8, 2022. Artwork not picked up after 90 days from the deadline will become property of UNF.

How to Submit

Submissions will only be accepted online via the Pre[serve] Art Exhibition Canvas Group. If you do not have access to Canvas, contact the Institute of Environmental Research and Education for access.