Call for Art

The New Victory Gardens: How our gardens are sustaining us during COVID-19

During WWII, civilians were encouraged to “plant for victory,” growing fruits and vegetables for their families and community to relieve some pressure on the struggling food supply chain.  Today, as we all take refuge in our homes during quarantine, a new idea of a Victory Garden is emerging.  People are again turning to their gardens and outdoor spaces – this time not just looking for food (though that is there too), but for solace.  These new Victory Gardeners are not only growing plants, but improving their mental and physical health as well.  The simple act of planting a seed or watching a something grow is giving hope in a future where the world will go on and heal.  As many of us struggle to find something positive we can do to help during this time, gardening is an activity that is still possible for anyone with a scrap of outdoor space, or even a sunny windowsill.  What at first looks like barren dirt, becomes a green sprout that with care will one day bear fruit.  We just need to tend it and wait.

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other with us in our minds wherever we go.” — Martha Washington

Submission Deadline: Sunday, June 7, 2020

Entry Fee: Free

Artist Notification: Monday, June 8

Submission: Due to restrictions with public places and gatherings, this exhibition will primarily take place online, and artists are required to supply an exhibition worthy digital image of their artwork.  If the situation relaxes, and Brushwood Center is allowed to open its galleries to the public in July, artists will have the option of displaying the physical artwork in the gallery.  Artists wishing to apply should complete a complete a submission form here: with up to three images they would like to submit for consideration no later than Sunday, June 7.

Located among pristine woodlands in the Ryerson historic home in Riverwoods, Il.,Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods promotes the importance of nature for nurturing personal and community wellbeing, cultivating creativity, and inspiring learning. In doing so, we honor the legacy of those who came before us on this land and champion a region where people will care about and for nature.