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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.

Pre[serve] is an academic collaboration between the Institute of Environmental Research and Education, Department of Art and Design, Gallery of Art and Lufrano Intercultural Gallery. Support for this program was provided by the Cummer Family Foundation.

Submission Details

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

The call for artists for 2022 exhibition has ended.

Past Works from Pre[serve]

Artwork with grasshopper

2016 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition

View submissions and the interactive map from the 2016 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition. Artwork credit Ricder Ricardo.

Sculpture with small plant

2018 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition

View submissions and the interactive map from the 2018 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition. Artwork credit Mark Lester.

Artwork of bird

2019 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition

View submissions and the interactive map from the 2019 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition. Artwork credit Meredith Sullivan.

Artwork with plant and snake

2020 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition

View submissions from the 2020 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition. Artwork credit Hannah Keats.

Artwork

2022 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition

View submissions from the 2022 Pre[serve] Art Exhibition. Artwork credit Lexi Atchley, Dianna Cappadero, Dallas Hartman and Dan Parker.