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Botanical Artist-in-Residence Program

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Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF)

Deadline Date:

05/26/22 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of $1,000 to USA, Canada, and International individual artists to support a residency program and artwork related to botanical arts. The program is intended to support exceptional artists who create scientifically accurate and aesthetic illustrations of plant species. The residency will take place at the Oak Spring estate in Upperville, Virginia during the spring when the gardens and landscape are in bloom.

This residency provides botanical artists time and space to work on their own projects, utilizing materials from the venue's formal garden or the broader 700-acre landscape, and to visit the Foundation's rare book library that includes many exquisite examples of historical botanical art. 

Residents will attend an expedited orientation tour of approximately two hours on their first day to familiarize them with the site and the resources available to them. This will include brief tours of the formal garden, landscape, and library, as well as an informal “meet and greet” with selected OSGF staff. After this introduction residents are free to work independently on their projects, explore the landscape, and visit the library.

Residents are housed in nicely appointed homes where they will have a private bedroom and bathroom and share a living room and kitchen. Botanical artists will also have a dedicated studio space in close proximity to their accommodation. Residents will be provided with a bicycle during the residency to help them get around the large, rural site. Due to the relatively isolated nature of the site, some residents may wish to bring or rent a car during their residency. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 196913

Estimated Size of Grant:

This award includes a $1,000 individual grant and an offer to purchase one final work on paper for $1,000 that will be accessioned into the OSGF Florilegium, and a residence at OSGF.

Term of Contract:

Two-to-four-week residency program during the period of Monday, March 27, 2023 – Sunday, April 23, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Botanical artists with an established track record and a well-developed body of work are eligible to apply. Only artists working from direct observation of plant specimens to create scientifically accurate depictions should apply.

Applications are open to international residents.

Botanical artists who work in the following mediums are considered: watercolor, pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, mixed media, oil, acrylic, gouache, egg tempera, original prints (i.e. aquatints, etchings, etc.).

Three-dimensional artwork, including botanical sculptures, reproductions, photography, or digitally generated artwork, is not accepted.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are being accepted for the 2023 residencies now through May 26th, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

Applicants who work in languages other than English should submit translations of their work samples. Working knowledge of English is important to selected residents, and OSGF does not provide a translator or interpreter at this time. International applicants selected for a residency or fellowship will also be responsible for procuring their own visas.

Residents should arrange transportation to Dulles International Airport. Transport to the Oak Spring estate in Upperville, VA will then be arranged.


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, please reach out to the Head of Residency and Fellowship Programs, Danielle Eady, at

Oak Spring Garden Foundation
1776 Loughborough Lane
Upperville, VA 20184

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