May 5-June 28 in the DeBerry Gallery

Calling artists of all ages and abilities: help us celebrate longleaf pine savannas by submitting a painting, drawing, photo, collage, or any other wall-mountable artwork to the Saving Our Savannas Community Art Exhibit!

Submit your artwork


We’re looking for art that celebrates longleaf pine savannas and the many plants and animals that live in longleaf pine habitats. Any artwork that can be mounted on a wall – paintings, drawings, photos, collages, basketry – is welcome. It doesn’t need to be framed!

The main criterion for entry is art that features plants, animals, or landscapes of longleaf pine ecosystems. That includes thousands of species across millions of acres in nine states! We’ve created a short list of plants and animals to get you started, but feel free to search the internet and explore more options.

Some examples of artwork you could submit:

  • A photo you took on your phone of a longleaf pine savanna and had printed at a drugstore or online printing service
  • A marker drawing of a red-cockaded woodpecker
  • A fine art illustration of a rare orchid species that grows in longleaf pine ecosystems
  • A collage of magazine clippings, scrap paper, and natural materials that shows fire in a longleaf pine savanna
  • A basket made of longleaf pine needles


Anyone of any age may submit one piece of art to this show. Kids’ work is welcome! You just need to be able to get it to the North Carolina Botanical Garden between April 22 and 29, 2024, and pick it back up between June 29 and July 14, 2024. Any artwork not picked up by Friday, July 14 will become the property of the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

If you don’t live within driving distance and would like to ship your work, you’ll need to arrange for it to be shipped back by sending a shipping label or stamped, addressed envelope along with your artwork. Contact Emily at to discuss.

When & Where

The exhibit will run from May 5 to June 28 in the DeBerry Gallery at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. The gallery is free to visit during normal Garden hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays).


Fill out our short entry form by Friday, April 19. If your artwork isn’t complete, you can describe it in the entry form. When you drop off your artwork in April, we’ll have you write a label for it, featuring whatever information you want people to know (your name, subject matter, title, or anything else).

We can only accept one entry per person, but you can fill out the form more than once if you’re submitting on behalf of a friend or family member (e.g. children who aren’t able to fill it out themselves). Just make sure to list a different artist name!


Contact Emily Oglesby, communications & exhibits coordinator, at

Submit your artwork

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Saving Our Savannas Sponsors

Advocate Sponsor

The Nature Conservancy

Promoter Sponsors

Southern Conservation Partners
American Indian Center

Community Sponsors

Chuck Roe & Charlotte Jones-Roe
Jackie and Rob Trickel
Triangle Land Conservancy

This program is partially supported by the NC Science Museums Grant Program.