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Art Show 2019

Drawn From Nature


The shared mission of the John James Audubon Center and the Valley Forge Audubon Society is to inspire people to appreciate, preserve, and protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitat; to promote personal appreciation and stewardship of the local natural environment through education and active participation in its preservation; and to preserve the artistic, scientific, and historic legacy of John James Audubon and celebrate the conservation movement he inspired.

The theme of this art show follows from the above ideas. Images should in some way feature, with or without human presence, some aspect of birds, wildlife and/or nature; and/or the impact of birds, wildlife, nature, or humans on a past, present or future environment.

More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be presented for outstanding examples of the accepted artists’ work. This show is an opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their work, as well as an opportunity for JJAC/VFAS to realize funds from commissions to support education programs.       

To learn more about the Valley Forge Audubon Society, visit valleyforgeaudubon.org and the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, visit johnjames.audubon.org.


Open to all artists. Members of the Valley Forge Audubon Society/John James Audubon Center receive $5 discount on entry fee. Membership information is available at: http://johnjames.audubon.org/become-member-today. You will be asked to include the 7 digit membership number in the application. For assistance with this, contact moscar@audubon.org.

  • No entries will be accepted by mail or delivery services.
  • Work submitted must have been created within the past three years.
  • No reproductions will be accepted. Each entry must be original in concept and composi­tion and be executed solely by the submitting artist.
  • Artwork that has previously been exhibited at any JJAC exhibition will not be eligible.
  • Artwork shall not exceed 48 inches on its longest dimension including frame. 
  • Work containing feathers will not be accepted.
  • No revision to submission sale price of artwork upon delivery

Framing/Display. All artwork must be framed and ready for display according to the following criteria:

  • Two-dimensional works must have secure hanging wire on the back.
    No eyehooks, saw tooth hangers, or Uni-Frames.
  • Potentially smearable work on paper must be glazed for protection.
  • Triptych and diptychs must be hung with one wire.
  • Three-dimensional work that is wall hung must be framed to insure the safety of the work.
  • Three-dimensional work must be able to be displayed without intervention from JJAC staff.
  • JJAC reserves the right to reject any work that is deemed too fragile, entails inordinate difficulty in handling or display, or contains subject matter deemed inappropriate for a family audience.


  1. Oil/Acrylics
  2. Watercolors
  3. Other Two-Dimensional Works-on-Paper/Mixed Media
  4. Photography — includes both Traditional Film & Digital
  5. Sculpture and Other Three-Dimensional Work


Juror of Selection: Joe Kulka

Joe Kulka is an award-winning children's book illustrator and author, having illustrated over 20 books for children, six of which he has written. His most decorated book is "Wolf's Coming!" which was named one of the best books of the year by School Library Journal. His newest picture book "Undercover Ostrich" will be published in April 2019. For the past 15 years, Kulka has been the USDA Forest Service's illustrator for all things featuring national icons Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, including posters, picture books, the national holiday card, and many other items. Kulka teaches in the illustration department at Moore College of Art and Design.

Juror of Awards: Pamela Birmingham

Pamela Birmingham is a painter whose current body of work combines images of natural forms - seeds, pods, and flowers - with fragments of the human body. Using a reverse painting technique natural forms and the figure are overlaid, blended, and then reduced into a single image. 

Pamela’s work has been exhibited in numerous art venues on the east and west coast, including: Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Md.; Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.; Pagus Gallery, Norristown, Pa.; LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.; Main Line Art Center, Merion, Pa.; Krasdale Galleries, New York; and The Drawing Center, New York.

In Philadelphia she has exhibited at: Sketch Club, University of Pennsylvania, Kimmel Center, Bahdeebahdo, Afif Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Lincoln Financial Center, Highwire Gallery, The Plastic Club, ArtForms, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Woodmere Art Museum, and Crane Arts Tenant Gallery.­

Pamela received her BFA from Moore College of Art, where she has also taught courses in life drawing and color theory. She received her MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Along with her art practice, Pamela currently works as the Director of Volunteers, Gallery Guides, and Art Team at the Barnes Foundation.


  • Online submission of artwork for jury of selection.
  • All artists must create a free profile at callforentry.org and apply directly to this exhibit through the callforentry website. Direct link to this show: https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=6207​ 
  • If you have a callforentry profile, simply upload your new work.
  • Juror of Selection will review electronic submissions to determine works to be included in the show. Juror of Awards will review artwork in person at JJAC.

For best results, your digital entries should be submitted in the following format: 

  • JPEG only
  • File dimension: no smaller than 1900 pixels on the longest side
  • File Resolution: 72 ppi/dpi  (standard web resolution)
  • File Size:  5MB maximum
  • May submit one image of each work


$25.00 for up to two works. Members of JJAC/VFAS receive a $5 discount: contact moscar@audubon.org if you are unsure about the status/membership number of your VFAS/JJAC membership. There will be no refund for work not selected. Payment can be made by:

  1. Credit card on the callforentry.org site: (coming soon)
  2. Check payable to Audubon. Mail to 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA 19403. Checks must be received by March 9.
  3. No entries will be accepted by mail or delivery services.

Sales/Commissions Artists will receive 70% of the sale price. A 30% commission on all sales of exhibited work will be retained to support Audubon Pennsylvania’s education and outreach programs.
PLEASE NOTE: All artists who sell artwork will be contacted by JJAC and must complete a W-9 form at that time.


January 8
Online submission opens: Create or update profile at Callforentry.org. To enter this show:  https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=6207

March 10, 11:59 pm
Online submission opportunity closes

March 18
All artists will receive an email notification of work included/not included in the exhibition by close of business March 18.

April 6 & 7, 9am – 12pm
Delivery of accepted artwork to upper barn. Artwork may not be delivered prior to   or following these time periods.
No entries will be accepted by mail or delivery services.

April 8
Award winners will be notified by phone by the end of the day

April 12, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony.  Awards will be presented at 7:00pm.

April 13 - April 27
Art Show Open  
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4 Closed Mondays

April 20, 10am – 11am
Pamela Birmingham meet and greet coffee hour. $5 donation. Please RSVP to millgrove@audubon.org and reference Meet and Greet Art Show Coffee Hour

April 20, 1pm – 2pm
Joe Kulka will read his childrens book with a meet and greet after.

April 28, 10am – 3pm
Artwork Pickup, unless prior approval is received from JJAC staff. Artists who remove their artwork before the close of the exhibit will not be permitted to exhibit in future exhibitions. Audubon is not responsible for the storage of art following the removal period. Artwork will not be returned by mail or other delivery services.

A charge of $10 per day will be placed on all work not picked up by the designated time.

The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove and Valley Forge Audubon Society thanks the many volunteers who make Drawn From Nature possible. If you would like to volunteer during the show, at a future art show, or for other art related activities at the Center, such as greeting visitors and artists, assisting with receptions, exhibitions, planning, or other volunteer opportunities, contact the Center at 610-666-5593, ext. 101 to learn more!


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