Inspired by Nature: Mass Audubon Special Supporters Art Exhibition

Watercolors in Nature Class at Broadmoor by Joy Marzolf
Photo: Joy Marzolf

We invite all Mass Audubon Leadership Friends, Terns, Life Members, and Governance Members to submit their original artwork to be considered for display at a special exhibition during the month of April 2018 at Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont.

Who May Submit Art

The exhibition is open to all Mass Audubon Leadership Friends, Terns, Life Members, and Governance Members.

Artwork Specifications

The theme of the exhibition is Inspired by Nature and the artwork should reflect that theme. Entries must be the artist’s original work. Submissions can range from realistic to abstract.

  • All artwork must be two-dimensional and ready to hang—wires are preferred over toothed hangers on the back.
  • Mediums may include, but are not limited to, ink, paint (watercolor, acrylic, gouache, oil), colored pencil, crayon, prints, graphite, charcoal, collage, and pastel.
  • Photography and digital art will also be considered.
  • A maximum of three works per artist may be entered to be considered for inclusion in the show.

Submission for possible selection is by digital image. Please see details on How to Submit below.

How to Submit

Submissions will be accepted until January 31, 2018.

Each artwork to be considered should be represented by a digital image in JPEG format and submitted as an attachment in an email sent to Please include the title of each work, approximate size of the work, and the artist’s name in the email.

  • Image files should not exceed 6 MB in size.
  • When photographing the artwork for online submission, artists are encouraged to remove any extraneous background that might impact the panel’s ability to view the image.
  • All entrants are strongly encouraged to write a short message (~100 words) about the meaning behind their artwork, and how it ties to the theme of Inspired by Nature.

Selection & Notification

Artwork to be included in the exhibition will be selected by a panel designated by Mass Audubon. Criteria will include originality, creativity, composition, and adherence to the theme of the exhibition. Panelists determine the eligibility of the artwork with sole and absolute discretion.

All submitting artists will be notified by e-mail of selection decisions by the end of February 2018. No selection decisions will be released over the telephone.

  • Artists are responsible for delivering their artwork to Habitat Education Center in Belmont, MA, between March 24–30, 2018.
  • Art can be left in the main office during the sanctuary's regular hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm).
  • Artists must pick up their artwork by May 7, 2018.
  • Please include the following information on the back of each work: artist's name, artist's address, and title of the artwork. 
  • Mass Audubon reserves the right not to display any selected work that does not correspond to the quality or configuration indicated in the submitted images.

The exhibition will run from April 1–30, 2018, at Habitat Education Center.

There will be an opening reception and a closing reception—reception details will be announced at a later date.

Other Uses of Images & Writing

Images and writing submitted will be retained by Mass Audubon, and may be used in Mass Audubon publications.


By entering Inspired by Nature, you hereby grant to Mass Audubon (i) nonexclusive, worldwide, irrevocable publication rights for your artwork and writing in all Mass Audubon publicity materials, print or electronic, and (ii) the right to use your name, city, state, and country of residence in such publications. This includes the right to use your artwork and writing on our website; in print and electronic advertisements; and promotions. All artwork will be credited with the caption © [Artist's Name].


Any questions regarding the exhibition can be directed to