Call for Submissions for Sixteenth Annual Silent Auction

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Call for Submissions for Sixteenth Annual Silent Auction

Call for Submissions for Sixteenth Annual Silent Auction
May 08, 2020

TCLF is inviting artists to contribute original work for the 2020 Annual Silent Auction. The auction takes place in conjunction with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Conference on Landscape Architecture, which draws some 6,000 attendees and will be held this year on October 2-5 in Miami, Florida. All patrons are able to participate online in the two weeks preceding the conference (view last year’s online gallery), as well as in person at the event.

Each year, in advance of the conference, we invite potential participants to join a returning group of award-winning landscape architects, allied designers, photographers, and artists in submitting examples of paintings, drawings, sketches, photographs, rare books (early editions or signed copies preferred) and other items for review. More than 90 works will be exhibited at the auction, the proceeds from which help fund TCLF’s educational activities. Many well-known artists and landscape architects frequently donate works to the auction, including Michael Kenna, Alex MacLean, Dan Tague, Millicent Harvey, and Michael van Valkenburgh.


Submission Criteria:

To submit work for consideration, please e-mail 2-5 images (JPEGs or URLs) and a brief artist’s statement or description of the piece to [email protected] no later than June 5, 2020. Submissions will be reviewed in the order they are received.


Important Dates:

June 5, 2020: Submission Deadline

September 5, 2020: Delivery Deadline

October 2-5, 2020: *ASLA Conference

*Should the ASLA conference be postponed or canceled because of COVID-19, the annual silent auction will continue to be held online for two weeks as scheduled.


Presentation and Framing:

If selected, each piece should be framed (if appropriate), ideally with plexiglass to ensure it is not damaged during shipping. Donations can be two- or three-dimensional works of art in any medium.


Donating Your Artwork:

Our ability to showcase works by noted artists is essential to TCLF’s efforts to raise the visibility of the annual silent auction and ensure its success. Proceeds largely support the Pioneers of American Landscape Design® Oral History Project, an ever growing, award-winning series of videotaped first-person interviews with significant landscape architects and practitioners in allied fields. Richly illustrated, the video segments include never-before-seen archival footage, new photography and on‐location videography. The goal of this series, championed by the National Endowment for the Arts, is to make practitioners’ stories available to future generations of stewards, designers, researchers, and heritage travelers.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant challenges and interruptions to many organizations. More than ever, this year’s silent auction will have an appreciably larger impact on our ability to sustain TCLF’s educational programs and our mission to connect people to places.