2015 Sculpture in the Garden

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Inc. is to preserve this exceptional example of garden design and to continue to develop its collection of water-conserving plants for the education and enjoyment of the public.
Grant Funders

The Ruth Bancroft Garden would like to recognize the following grant funders:

The Quest Foundation for funding our Education Coordinator’s position

The Mervyn L. Brenner Foundation for funding our directional signs

The California Horticultural Society for funding towards our restoration projects

The Bonita Garden Clubfor funding restoration and education projects


The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for funding out nursery renovation


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Exhibition Date: June 19 - July 19, 2015

Entries Due: Sunday, March 15, 2015 extended to Sunday March 22, 2015.

About the Exhibition: The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California is a world renowned public garden famous for its extensive collection of rare succulent and drought-tolerant plants, trees, and shrubs. It provides a spectacular backdrop for artists to display their sculptures along the meandering garden paths. Each year, dozens of  artists, including many new to the Bay Area art scene, produce and install public-scale outdoor sculptures. More than 2,000 people came to visit the Garden during the month-long show in 2014. 90 works sold during the show itself, and sales continued after the show closed, with artists receiving increased interest as well as commissions as a result of being showcased.

Prizes: 1st place: $750, 2nd place: $500, 3rd place: $250

Joe Bologna Stan Huncilman Archie Held  

Submitting: There is no submission fee. Sculptures of all media appropriate for outdoor gardens will be considered. Please use the online submission form at the bottom of this web page. A printable version of the online form is available through a link in the upper right of this page. In general, only completed works may be submitted for judging. Works in progress may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please send an email to sculpture@ruthbancroftgarden.org for approval before submitting any work in progress. For series pieces, you should submit one photo that shows or is representative of the entire series and indicate the individual prices or the price range.

Site Logistics: The average display site is 3’ wide, 3’ deep, and 6’ high. There are a limited number of spaces for sculptures that are wider (up to 8’) and/or taller (up to 20’). Sculptures will be located along the garden's gravel pathways, not in garden beds. Sculptures must be adequately secured for safety and stability without below-ground excavation. There are only a few locations that can accommodate fountains, lit sculptures, or other works that require electricity. Please specify if your sculpture requires water or electricity, and also be aware that the Garden is not open after dark.

Selection: A jury will choose which pieces will be accepted and will also award prizes. The 2015 jurors will be announced soon.

Invitational Component ("Art Walk"): In addition to the juried "Sculpture in the Garden," there will be an invitational "Art Walk." The Art Walk has been a component of several past sculpture exhibits. It provides a venue for smaller or more inexpensive pieces, garden vessels or planters, unique outdoor furniture, or the work of emerging artists. These works will be displayed concurrently in the Garden but will be physically separate from the juried show. Artists not chosen by the jury may still be chosen by RBG staff to participate in the Art Walk, and the same terms of agreement apply.

Terms of Agreement - Please Read Carefully!

Submission of work constitutes an agreement to the conditions set forth and acceptance that the decisions of the Committee and the Jurors are final. The Ruth Bancroft Garden may photograph accepted work for promotional purposes. Artists may not withdraw accepted entries before the close of the exhibition without having a suitable replacement approved. Submitted images must reflect an accurate representation of the work or risk rejection at time of installation. Artists are responsible for installing work and providing waterproof pedestals if needed. All artwork must be for sale to enter the exhibition.

Pricing: All price ranges are welcome, but artists should be aware that pieces priced under $5,000 are the most likely to be purchased. This event is a fundraiser; the Garden's commission is 35%. Please note if there will be a delivery fee in addition to the selling price.

DurabilitySculptures must be stable and freestanding and will likely be exposed to automatic sprinklers on several occasions during the month-long exhibit. Please note that the Garden irrigates with well water, which is high in minerals and leaves spots on most dark surfaces. The water may also react poorly with some finishes.

Liability: Artists assume all responsibility for loss or damage not covered by the Garden's insurance policy. There is a gated entrance to the Garden, which is locked each night, and there is a video alarm system by Bay Alarm. There has never been an instance of theft or vandalism in the past 20 years of the Sculpture in the Garden.

Notification: Artists will be notified by mail and/or email if their work has been accepted by April 12, 2015.

Delivery and Pick-Up: Works are to be delivered and installed by the artists between June 8 and June 17, 2015. Works are to be removed between July 20 and July 25, 2015.

Event Attendance: Artists are strongly encouraged to be present at the events during the month of the exhibit: Opening Night (June 19), Opening Weekend (June 20 and 21), and the Sunset Social (July 17). Artists are granted free admission to all events and may bring one guest to Opening Night at $35 admission.

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