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Julia Kemerer

The New Victory Gardens: How our gardens are sustaining us during COVID-19

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods seeks art submissions in any media for a virtual* exhibition exploring the importance gardens and growing plants has taken on during quarantine.


During WWII, civilians were encouraged to “plant for victory,” growing fruits and vegetables for their families and community to relieve some pressure on the struggling food supply chain. Today, as we all take refuge in our homes during quarantine, a new idea of a Victory Garden is emerging. People are again turning to their gardens and outdoor spaces – this time not just looking for food (though that is there too), but for solace. These new Victory Gardeners are not only growing plants, but improving their mental and physical health as well. The simple act of planting a seed or watching a something grow is giving hope in a future where the world will go on and heal. As many of us struggle to find something positive we can do to help during this time, gardening is an activity that is still possible for anyone with a scrap of outdoor space, or even a sunny windowsill. What at first looks like barren dirt, becomes a green sprout that with care will one day bear fruit. We just need to tend it and wait.

- “The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other with us in our minds wherever we go.” — Martha Washington

*Due to restrictions with public places and gatherings, this exhibition will primarily take place online. In order to participate, artists are required to supply an exhibition worthy digital image of their artwork. If the situation relaxes, and Brushwood Center is allowed to open its galleries to the public by July, artists will have the option of displaying the physical artwork in the gallery.
Application Deadline: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Exhibition Dates: July 1 - August 18, 2020

Deadline: 06.06.2020
Name: Julia Kemerer
Address: 21850 N. Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods, IL 60015
Phone: 2246332426