Competitions & Contests

Leaf & Root & Berry 2022

Entry Dates 2021-11-15T23:59:00 - 2021-07-31T00:00:00 51 Days Left




April 8, 2022 - June 3, 2022


Submission Deadline: Midnight, November 15, 2021


The Appalachian mountains are home to one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the United States. As Appalachian artists, we draw our inspiration from this abundance and celebrate it. For this competition, Create Appalachia seeks artistic works of visual art that show the artist’s original vision, demonstrate technical skill, and that highlight our natural bounty. Open to all media in the visual arts, including film/video, digital media, photography, textiles & fiber art, painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry crafts, & more.

Leaf & Root & Berry: a Botanical Art Show & Competition is presented by Create Appalachia. Accepted works for this exhibit will be displayed prominently in Create Appalachia’s gallery in the Kingsport Innovation Village, and online exhibit at




Calendar & Deadlines (All dates are tentative in reaction to the pandemic)

Deadline for submissions - November 15, 2021

Final Notification of accepted entries - February 1, 2021

Deadline for Delivery of accepted works - March 15, 2021

Show Opening - April, 8, 2022

Show Closes - June 3, 2022

Any unsold artwork available for pickup - June 15, 2022

Return of shipped artwork completed by - June 30, 2022



Submit entries to along with completed entry form.


Files must be titled with last and first name and title (Sample: DoeJoe-Title.jpg). Please submit as JPGs with a resolution of 1000 pixels in the long dimension. Please note that any accepted work not accurately represented by the entry submission may be rejected. All works submitted will be for sale unless marked “not for sale” (NFS).


Entry Fee

There is an entry fee of $20 for up to 3 images or $30 for up to 8 images. If the works are part of a series, please note the series name in your submission.

Scholarships available. Contact


Criteria & Awards

Final selections for inclusion in the exhibit will be made by a judging panel of professionals based on artistic excellence and originality in reflection of our theme.

Best in Show (1 award) - $100

Juror’s Choice (3 awards) - $50

Honorable Mention (3 mentions) $25



Create Appalachia will retain a 30% commission on all works sold. Please price your work accordingly. Please set the price of your work to include the framing or mounting as delivered to the gallery. Payment for works sold will be made to artists within 30 days of the close of the exhibit.



2D artworks accepted into the show must be delivered ready to hang. 3D artworks & installations must be accompanied by detailed instructions & reference photos. New media, sound, and video work should be sent as .mp4 & .mp3 files.



Hand-delivery by appointment only. Contact to set up a time.


Artists are responsible for shipping charges to and from the gallery. A return prepaid shipping label should be provided. Any work received without a return shipping label will be charged shipping and handling by Create Appalachia. Accepted works must be shipped prepaid in sturdy reusable packaging. We retain packaging used to ship any unsold work back to you. Please pack carefully as we cannot be responsible for any damages. No Peanuts Please!


Return of Artwork

Unsold pieces will be available for pickup beginning June 15, 2021 (by appointment only) and must be picked up by June 22nd, 2021. Artwork that is not picked up and/or requires shipping will be returned by June 30th, 2021.



We take great care to ensure the safety of your artwork while in our possession. The gallery will be responsible for loss or damage for the value that the gallery owes the artist for the work if it had sold. Liability will be limited to the payment that our insurance company pays for such loss.