Models must be of scientifically recognized species. No fantasy or alien lifeforms, please. They must be rendered as accurately as possible, but artistic presentation and creative contexts are encouraged.
Every entry must bear both the Latin and the common name of the species portrayed, the name of the artist, and the techniques(s) involved in the making.
Every model must be accompanied by a scientific illustration or photograph of the organism being represented. Please see the submission guidelines for further details.
Every model must be composed primarily of glass (50% or more) although other materials may be used as necessary.
Models may not exceed 20" in any dimension. No exceptions.
Due to the overwhelming response so far, we must limit entries to only one model per artist or collaborative team.
We realize that some entries may have both zoological and botanical elements in them so models will be judged strictly on their accuracy, aesthetic beauty, presentation, and originality without regard to category.
The "open" part of the show will be online only using images supplied by the participating artist. Registration for the show is now closed. The online exhibition will begin by June 1 and last indefinitely.
The "juried" part of the show will be selected from the "open" show entries. The jurying will happen in early May and the notifications of selections will be sent out by May 15. The window for delivering juried work to the Pittsburgh Glass Center will be June 1 - 21. The deadline for receiving work is June 21.
The "juried" show will be selected by Susan Rossi Wilcox, former curator of the Harvard Glass Flowers and former member of the board of directors of the Glass Art Society, Heather McElwee, Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Anna Boothe, former president of the Glass Art Society, artist and educator, and Wayne Strattman, PHD, neon artist, current member of the board of directors of the Glass Art Society and owner of Strattman Designs. The 40 selected models will be invited to the "extended" exhibition in the Pittsburgh Glass Center's Hodge Gallery.
The awards structure will be as follows. There will be three awards of excellence ($1000), three awards of achievement ($500), and three awards of merit ($200) without regard to category. There will also be 31 honorable mentions ($0) that will be included in the "juried" show at PGC bringing that total to 40.
Every juried entry must be delivered to the Pittsburgh Glass Center no later than June 21, either in person or by shipping company, in a safe, secure container that can be used after the event for transport. Transportion to the Pittsburgh Glass Center for juried entries will be the sole responsibility of the artist. "Lifeforms" will pay for return shipping up to $100. The artist will be responsible for any shipping costs beyond $100. "Lifeforms" will not be responsible for damage due to insufficient packaging.
Artists are reminded of the 20" size limit. Entries that exceed this limit will not be accepted or shown.
Works may be offered for sale. The Pittsburgh Glass Center will handle transactions and payment to the participating artists unless other prior arrangments are made.
The administrators of Lifeforms may reject or remove any entries that are deemed inappropriate, offensive, or that break the rules, without notice.