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Art Show 2019

Drawn From Nature

The 13th Annual Juried Art Show opens tonight! Come to our Opening Reception on Friday, April 12 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Explore the theme "Drawn from Nature" through almost 200 artists perspectives, as well as get a glimpse of our new building. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is $15 at the door. 

The Art Show is open starting Saturday, April 12 through Saturday, April 27, Tuesday through Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Admission to the art show will be free. 


The shared mission of the John James Audubon Center and the Valley Forge Audubon Society is to inspire people to appreciate, preserve, and protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitat; to promote personal appreciation and stewardship of the local natural environment through education and active participation in its preservation; and to preserve the artistic, scientific, and historic legacy of John James Audubon and celebrate the conservation movement he inspired. The theme of this art show follows from the above ideas. Images should in some way feature, with or without human presence, some aspect of birds, wildlife and/or nature; and/or the impact of birds, wildlife, nature, or humans on a past, present or future environment. More than $2,000 in cash prizes will be presented for outstanding examples of the accepted artists’ work. This show is an opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their work, as well as an opportunity for JJAC/VFAS to realize funds from commissions to support education programs.        To learn more about the Valley Forge Audubon Society, visit and the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, visit


  1. Oil/Acrylics
  2. Watercolors
  3. Other Two-Dimensional Works-on-Paper/Mixed Media
  4. Photography — includes both Traditional Film & Digital
  5. Sculpture and Other Three-Dimensional Work


Juror of Selection: Joe Kulka Joe Kulka is an award-winning children's book illustrator and author, having illustrated over 20 books for children, six of which he has written. His most decorated book is "Wolf's Coming!" which was named one of the best books of the year by School Library Journal. His newest picture book "Undercover Ostrich" will be published in April 2019. For the past 15 years, Kulka has been the USDA Forest Service's illustrator for all things featuring national icons Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl, including posters, picture books, the national holiday card, and many other items. Kulka teaches in the illustration department at Moore College of Art and Design. Juror of Awards: Pamela Birmingham Pamela Birmingham is a painter whose current body of work combines images of natural forms - seeds, pods, and flowers - with fragments of the human body. Using a reverse painting technique natural forms and the figure are overlaid, blended, and then reduced into a single image.  Pamela’s work has been exhibited in numerous art venues on the east and west coast, including: Circle Gallery, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, Md.; Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.; Pagus Gallery, Norristown, Pa.; LIMN Gallery, San Francisco, Ca.; Main Line Art Center, Merion, Pa.; Krasdale Galleries, New York; and The Drawing Center, New York. In Philadelphia she has exhibited at: Sketch Club, University of Pennsylvania, Kimmel Center, Bahdeebahdo, Afif Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Lincoln Financial Center, Highwire Gallery, The Plastic Club, ArtForms, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Woodmere Art Museum, and Crane Arts Tenant Gallery.­ Pamela received her BFA from Moore College of Art, where she has also taught courses in life drawing and color theory. She received her MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Along with her art practice, Pamela currently works as the Director of Volunteers, Gallery Guides, and Art Team at the Barnes Foundation. Sales/Commissions Artists will receive 70% of the sale price. A 30% commission on all sales of exhibited work will be retained to support Audubon Pennsylvania’s education and outreach programs.
PLEASE NOTE: All artists who sell artwork will be contacted by JJAC and must complete a W-9 form at that time.


January 8
Online submission opens: Create or update profile at To enter this show: March 10, 11:59 pm
Online submission opportunity closes March 18
All artists will receive an email notification of work included/not included in the exhibition by close of business March 18. April 6 & 7, 9am – 12pm
Delivery of accepted artwork to upper barn. Artwork may not be delivered prior to   or following these time periods.
No entries will be accepted by mail or delivery services. April 8
Award winners will be notified by phone by the end of the day April 12, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Artist Reception and Awards Ceremony.  Awards will be presented at 7:00pm. April 13 - April 27
Art Show Open  
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 10-4, Sunday 1-4 Closed Mondays April 20, 10am – 11am
Pamela Birmingham meet and greet coffee hour. $5 donation. Please RSVP to and reference Meet and Greet Art Show Coffee Hour April 20, 1pm – 2pm
Joe Kulka will read his childrens book with a meet and greet after. April 28, 10am – 3pm
Artwork Pickup, unless prior approval is received from JJAC staff. Artists who remove their artwork before the close of the exhibit will not be permitted to exhibit in future exhibitions. Audubon is not responsible for the storage of art following the removal period. Artwork will not be returned by mail or other delivery services. A charge of $10 per day will be placed on all work not picked up by the designated time. The John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove and Valley Forge Audubon Society thanks the many volunteers who make Drawn From Nature possible. If you would like to volunteer during the show, at a future art show, or for other art related activities at the Center, such as greeting visitors and artists, assisting with receptions, exhibitions, planning, or other volunteer opportunities, contact the Center at 610-666-5593, ext. 101 to learn more! How to adjust your image aspect ratio: Have the internet resize for you: