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Destination: Nature

November 8, 2023 – January 5, 2024 Fivesparks, Harvard, MA
Deadline was September 15th. Open to Members and Non-Members.
Art by Peter Jackson
Art by Peter Jackson

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Deadline for entry was September 15, 2023

Juror of Selection and Awards

Olivia J. Stone is the Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA.

At WAM, she has worked on a variety of exhibitions, most recently Frontiers of Impressionism. Previous to WAM, Olivia was the Assistant Editor of Art New England magazine, and is still a habitual writer for a variety of New England arts publications, including the Boston Art Review. She is a regular catalog essayist for the Art Center Gallery at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. Olivia holds a BA in French and Studio Art from the University of Virginia, and a MA in the History of Art and Architecture from Boston University. At BU, she concentrated on the 19th and early 20th-century European avant garde, with a particular focus on modernist woodblock prints.

Who Can Submit

The show is open to all artists 18 years and over.

Submission Process and Fee

  • Submit your original image file. You do not need to resize it or rename it.
  • The submission fee is $35 for up to 3 pieces.

Submission Requirements

  • All artwork must depict, or be inspired by, one of the properties listed here.
  • Media accepted are: Acrylic, Alcohol Ink, Assemblage, Ceramics, Chalk, Charcoal, Collage, Colored Pencil, Crayon, Digital Art, Encaustic, Fiber Art, Gouache, Graphic, Graphite, Intaglio, Mixed Media, Mosaics, Oil, Oil Pastel, Pastel, Pen & Ink, Photography, Printmaking, Scratchboard, Sculpture, Silverpoint, Soft Pastel, and Watercolor. 
  • All artwork must be original. Participating artists must be the legal owner of all title and interest in the artwork submitted and exhibited. 
  • Works cannot exceed a weight of 50 pounds.
  • Work cannot exceed 48” in any direction, including frame. There is no minimum size.
  • Work must be based exclusively on the artist’s own photo reference or plein air experience, concept, and composition. Work need not be created on site at the property.
  • Work must be directly and individually created by the artist, not traced or otherwise created over a base photo.
  • Work must be exclusively the product of the artist. Work done in a class or workshop, online venue, or otherwise under the guidance or advice of an instructor, is not permitted.
  • Artists of 3D works must provide presentation fixtures (e.g. pedestal, stand, etc.).
  • Works that require special installation must come with clear instructions. Any works that require complicated/specialized installation must be installed by the artist.
  • ALL WORK MUST BE HANG/PRESENTATION READY. Exhibitors reserve the right to reject work that differs significantly from the submitted images.
  • 2D work must be firmly wired for hanging. NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS AND NO SANDWICH/CLIP FRAMES.
  • Artists will be asked, during the submission process, to provide a brief artist statement and, for each submission, a brief description of the work including what/how Harvard land(s)/trail(s) inspired it. 

For additional criteria, please download the prospectus.

Delivery of Accepted Work

Artists accepted into the exhibition will receive detailed instructions via email with their acceptance notification for hand-delivering work to the venue according to the dates in the above calendar. The address for hand delivery is:
7 Fairbank St
Harvard, MA 01451.

Shipped work will not be accepted.

Pricing and Sales

Work must be for sale; NFS is not allowed.

  • All artwork must be for sale exclusively through the Exhibitors (Fivesparks and Harvard Conservation Trust) for the duration of the show. Art may not be marketed as available for sale through any other venue during the exhibit time frame.
  • Prices cannot be changed from those stated at submission.
  • Prices should reflect market value for similar work by the artist.
  • The Exhibitors will accept checks from buyers, payable to the artist, and hold payment to the artist until the exhibit ends.
  • Artworks may be marked as "On Hold" until a buyer submits payment. Artworks will be marked as “Sold” once payment is received.
  • Artists will be required to pay the Exhibitors 35% of any sales resulting from the exhibit. Artwork prices should include and account for commission. Artists’ commission payments will be due no later than the appointed date for artwork pickup from the exhibit space.
  • Artists are responsible for reporting and managing any sales tax they deem to be applicable to the selling of their artwork. Tax should be accounted for in submitted prices, if/when applicable; tax will not be calculated or added by the Exhibitors at time of sale.
  • All artwork must remain on display at the exhibit through the exhibit close date. 
  • Buyers are required to pick up (or arrange for delivery at their cost) purchased work upon show closing. Exhibitors will communicate the pickup process to buyers. 


For questions about this prospectus: [email protected]

Show Staff 
Abbe Alpert, Gina Ashe, Ana Hedberg, Mark Mikitarian, AnaMaria Nanra

Additional Notification Information

Notifications will be emailed by the end of the day on October 6, 2023. We cannot respond to inquiries regarding the status of notifications before that time.

Please add [email protected] to your email safe senders list.

After notifications are sent, you may view the status of your entry in your ShowSubmit artist account’s Entry History. Accepted works will be notated by a green check.

If you do not receive your email, you may also view your notification letter using the View Notification link in your Entry History.

Note: Entries made prior to 2023 may not display the View Notification link.

Image and Filename Specifications

  • Submit your original JPEG image files.
  • Crop out all parts of the photo that are not the actual work; do not show mat, frame, etc, only the work itself.
  • Image must be displayed right side up.
  • You do not need to resize your image files.
  • You do not need to rename your image files.

Additional Entry Information

  • You will pay for your entry by credit or debit card using our secure checkout system.
  • After your entry is submitted and paid for, you may log back in to review your entry, edit artist and image information, and add or substitute images up until the entry deadline (September 15, 2023.)
  • Entry fees are not refundable and must be submitted and paid by the entry deadline.
  • Entries cannot be accepted or changed after the deadline. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.


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