Art call for Lowcountry artists

A $500 opportunity

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, November 30, 2023

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation is hosting its 4th biennial Lowcountry Land Conservation Symposium on May 14, 2024 at the Charleston Gaillard Center and is soliciting artwork representative of next year’s topic to use for event branding.

The selected artwork will be used as the cover image for all event promotional materials including, but not limited to: Save the Date, invitations, event program, and signage. This is a one-day, invitation-only educational event, and around 300 people are expected to attend from regional land conservation organizations, foundations, and local and state government.

2024: Community-Focused Conservation in the Lowcountry

Land conservation in the Lowcountry has always been a team effort. Over the past three decades, the greatest conservation victories involved not only land trusts and advocacy organizations, but also government agencies and most importantly, community involvement. Land conservation is only possible when private landowners and adjacent communities participate, both to physically protect the land, as well as advocate for policies and practices that support land conservation. Without community buy-in there simply is no conservation movement in the Lowcountry.

As the conservation movement continues to evolve its practices to engage new constituencies with diverse perspectives, opportunities arise that push individuals and organizations to consider two questions: why is it important to engage communities meaningfully and authentically in land conservation? And how may we as professional conservationists best approach community-focused land conservation?

At the end of the day, attendees will be able to reflect upon how best to meaningfully engage communities to advance land conservation in the Lowcountry and develop new tools and best practices to enhance community-focused conservation in each organization through peer-to-peer learning.

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supports land conservation, artistic vitality, and regional collections for the people of the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. For more information, please visit

Submission Guidelines

  • “Community-Focused Conservation in the Lowcountry” will be this year’s topic, and artwork submissions should be representative of this theme.
  • Visual artists from the Foundation’s nine county service area (Horry, Georgetown, Berkeley, Dorchester, Charleston, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties) are encouraged to apply.
  • Artwork does NOT have to be original to the event and can be an already produced work that is appropriate to the theme and audience.
  • Artwork submission is limited to 1 piece.
  • A $500 prize will be awarded to the selected artist.
  • Submissions will be taken through November 30, 2023.
  • A jury made up of arts and land conservation representatives will select the winning artwork, and the winner will be announced on December 14, 2023.


  • Please submit via this link.

The selected artist will obtain all exclusive rights to the artwork. GDDF will be granted the privilege to use the images of the artwork to promote the event before, during, and after the Lowcountry Land Conservation Symposium.


Contact Ame Gasque, program associate for Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation: