Call for Art Submissions: “Windows into the Natural World” from Nov. 3-Dec. 8, 2018.

April 26, 2018


The Norris Center for Natural History and the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves will be hosting a show at the Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery in Cowell College entitled “Windows into the Natural World” from Nov. 3-Dec. 8, 2018.

Description of show: At UC Santa Cruz we teach students to actively observe, inquire, and seek answers from the natural world. Art plays a vital role in reading the landscape, and this exhibit demonstrates the role the Norris Center and the UCSC Natural Reserves play in teaching those skills. We are seeking art from one of the five UC Santa Cruz-managed natural reserves that illustrates any aspect of the natural world, from liverworts to landscapes, and how humans engage in inquiry with them. The five reserves include, Fort Ord Natural Reserve, Año Nuevo (both island and mainland), Big Creek, Younger Lagoon, and the UCSC Campus Natural Reserve.

Submission information: Submissions for the show will be due in late-September, but we are putting out a preliminary call now to encourage student, staff, faculty, and alumni artists to take the opportunity to get out to the UCSC Natural Reserves over the next few months, either individually or with classes to create artwork to be submitted for the show. We are soliciting drawing, painting, wood working, and other media, but not photographs. Artwork submissions of 20 x 25 inches or less in size are preferred. For additional information please contact Juniper Harrower ( and Karen Holl (