Call for Artists: 68th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Artist of the Year Competition

Artists are invited to enter the 2018 Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage juried art competition. The winning artwork will be featured on the cover of the 2018 Wildflower Pilgrimage brochure, T-shirts, and used for publicity. The artist will have the opportunity to exhibit a small selection of original artwork in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts from March 21 through April 29, 2018. See last year’s brochure cover at:

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is a five-day event celebrating the diverse flora and fauna of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Natural history walks, motorcades, photographic and art classes, and indoor seminars guided by professional leaders offer participants an array of informative experiences during the peak of springtime in the Smokies.


This year the Wildflower Pilgrimage Committee wants to use an image that showcases an iconic aspect of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Themes may include, but are not limited to, flora, fauna, and the landscape. Preference will be given to pieces depicting the Park during the spring season. All emerging and professional artists age 18 and over may submit artwork. Acceptable media include watercolor, gouache, pastel, colored pencil, oil, acrylic, printmaking, collage, fiber, or combinations of these media. Photography will not be accepted.


All entries must be submitted via SlideRoom ( by November 17, 2017. The entry fee is $15 for up to two images. Image files must be in jpeg format and no larger than 5MB.For each image, please provide a title, year created, dimensions and materials. You will be asked to submit a brief artist’s statement about the work. The dialogue box on the entry form is limited to 1,000 characters. Notification of the committee’s selection with be sent via email by December 8, 2017.

Application Link:


The winning image will appear on the cover of the 2018 Wildflower Pilgrimage brochure, T-shirts, and used for publicity. Original works by the artist will be exhibited in the Geoffrey A. Wolpert Gallery at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts from March 21 – April 29, 2018. The artist will be honored with a public reception at the Wolpert Gallery on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:00pm as part of the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage program. The artist will be expected to attend the exhibition reception. In addition, the artist will receive free registration to the Wildflower Pilgrimage.


Arrowmont will sell artwork during the March 21 – April 29, 2018 exhibition for a 40% commission. Artwork that is not for sale must be stated as NFS on the exhibition contract. After the exhibition’s closing, payment for sold work will be made to the artist.

Installation Specifications:

All work must be framed and arrive installation-ready. Work should include D-rings with or without framing wire, or cleats for heavier items. Please do not use saw tooth hangers. Any unusual hardware or hanging devices must be provided by the artist.


Accepted artworks will be insured by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts while on exhibit for the artist’s commission value (60% of the Retail Price listed on the loan agreement). The artist is responsible for insuring the artwork during delivery or shipping.


Winning artwork will be used on the cover of the 2018 Wildflower Pilgrimage brochure and on Pilgrimage T-shirts. Artwork will also be used for Pilgrimage and Arrowmont publicity. The image may require cropping to accommodate size limitations on the brochure, T-shirt or promotional materials.

Link to downloadable prospectus HERE

Questions? Please contact:
Kelsey Dillow, Gallery Coordinator
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738, 865.436.5860 ext. 22


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