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2023 Theme: Personify a Bug

How to Participate

1. Submit your registration form online (see below).
2. Await further communication from Cheekwood staff.
3. Begin brainstorming your scarecrow design.
4. Pick up your scarecrow frame from Cheekwood (more details to follow). You must use this frame! 
5. Design your scarecrow!
6. Send in your group’s scarecrow name and your artist statement.
7. Return your scarecrow to Cheekwood for display.
8. Visit your scarecrow in Cheekwood’s Turner Seasons Garden! September 16 – October 29, 2023

Guidelines for Participation

  • No mannequins may be used for the Scarecrow display! PVC pipe frames are provided by Cheekwood—these frames must be used. Entries that use mannequins as the base will not be accepted or displayed.
  • Scarecrows must be family friendly and appropriate for all audiences. Entries that are not in good taste, overly political, or contain overt brand advertising will not be accepted or displayed.
  • Materials that can withstand being outdoors for the duration of the exhibition should be used. Any Scarecrow that deteriorates beyond acceptable condition may be removed by Cheekwood at any time. Scarecrows cannot be cardboard based, and any sealants used must be put on prior to installation.
  • Scarecrows are to be delivered to Cheekwood fully assembled during the dates and times specified in Cheekwood communications. If a scarecrow is not fully assembled, Cheekwood staff will be unable to install it.
  • Cheekwood staff will remove and dispose of scarecrows at the end of the exhibit if they are not picked up during specified times below.


Friday, August 4 by 5 PM
Online registration forms due

Thursday, August 10 – Friday, August | 11 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM 
Participants must pick up Scarecrow frames at Cheekwood Visitor Services Center

Friday, August 18 by 5 PM
Participants must send scarecrow name and artist statement via e-mail to Cheekwood

Wednesday, September 13 – Thursday, September 14 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Participants’ completed scarecrows must be delivered to Cheekwood Visitor Services Center and installed by participant

Wednesday, November 1-Thursday, November 2 | 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Participants may remove their scarecrows if they want to keep them

Thursday, November 2  by 5 PM
All remaining scarecrows will be removed and discarded by Cheekwood staff by end of day

Questions? Contact the Education Team at [email protected] or Lauren at [email protected].


The Scarecrows application is now closed.

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