10 Call for Artists to Close Out February

February’s call for artists provide ample opportunities for sculptors in every media and style across the country. Be sure to apply now.

There are still a few active Call for Artists in our last post. Click here to see those calls and scroll to the bottom (we do our best to put them in chronological order within each post–but double check as we don’t rearrange them if dates change after we post!)

GLEAM, Art in a New Light

Madison, WI

Summary: GLEAM, Art in a New Light, an annual outdoor art exhibit in Madison, WI, seeks light-based installation of compelling scale. Olbrich Botanical Gardens offers a variety of settings within the 16 acre garden and 10,000 sq ft indoor tropical conservatory. Typically over 15,000 visitors preview the two-month exhibit during special evening hours in September and October. Proposals must utilize light as the major component to achieve a dynamic evening / nighttime presence. Interactive installations are encouraged.

Budget: total budget of $60,000 to divide between (7-8) proposals with a goal of enlivening as much of the Gardens as possible.

Deadline: 2/20/20

How to apply: email, see link below for details.

Eligibility Requirements: Must have previous experience with illuminated installations, projections and/or lighting design concepts, preferably involving outdoor install

Special Notes: be sure to follow their template when submitting your proposal

Visit Olbrich.org for the complete RFP and photos of past installations.

Percival Plinth Project 2020

Olympia, WA

Summary: The City of Olympia is seeking up to 16 loaned sculptures from Washington and Oregon state artists for temporary display of up to one (1) year on Percival Landing in Olympia, WA.

Budget: $700 honorarium for 1 year loan of each sculpture

Deadline: 2/20/20

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Washington and Oregon state sculptors, 18 years of age or older.

Special Notes: An award selected by public vote of one sculpture to be purchased and added to the City’s public art collection.  Up to $10,000 annual purchase – Peoples’ Prize.

Click here to read more about this call for artists or to apply

Maple Valley Iconic Art Project

Maple Valley, WA

Summary: The City of Maple Valley, Washington invites Pacific Northwest professional artists/artist teams to submit their qualifications for consideration to design and create site-specific artwork to enhance a highly visible retaining wall recently constructed along the SR-169 corridor through the city.

Budget: $60,000

Deadline: 2/21/20

How to apply: mail, email, or hand deliver. See link below for details

Eligibility Requirements: Pacific Northwest Professional Artists/Artist Teams.

Special Notes: All genres of art that are feasible for enhancing the retaining wall will be considered, including mixed media. Depending on the type of media, specific guidelines may apply.

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Clark County Historic Museum

Vancouver, Washington

Summary: The City of Vancouver is seeking an artist(s) to develop site specific artwork for the grounds of the Clark County Historic Museum (CCHM).

Budget: $30,000

Deadline: 3:00 p.m. Pacific, 2/26/20

How to apply: via email, please see link below for details

Eligibility Requirements: The artist(s) selected to produce this artwork will be required to enter into a contract with the City of Vancouver.

Special Notes: Finalists for this project will be selected by the City’s Public Art Committee in consultation with the Uptown Village Association and the Clark County Historical Society. Finalists will be asked to develop detailed proposals that will be reviewed by the Public Art Committee and the Culture, Arts & Heritage Commission. Once a contract is awarded, the artwork must be completed and installed within six months.

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TCF Center

Detroit, MI

Summary: TCF Center is seeking proposals for a large-scale exterior sculpture. The sculpture will reside outside the beautifully renovated convention center in downtown Detroit. It will be placed in the center of the main entrance circle drive.

Budget: $250,000

Deadline: June 2 (but March 1 meeting req’d)

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Artists 18 years of age or older with previous experience on similar projects are invited to submit proposals individually or collaboratively.

Special Notes: Interested artists must attend an informational meeting March 1 at TCF Center and RSVP no later than Feb. 28. RSVPs should be sent to mdevine@drcfa.org.

Preferred themes may reflect the positive changes and growth ongoing in Detroit and SE Michigan, the strong spirit of innovation and design, the global impact of Detroit, renaissance of the region, etc.

The sculpture cannot exceed 30’ in height or 8’ in diameter.

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Coppell Art Stroll at Andy Brown Park

Coppell, TX

Summary: CAC will award a stipend to up to 10 professional sculptures that are appropriate for public viewing and supports the family / community oriented values of Coppell.  Sculptures are owned by the artist and are loaned to the exhibit for a two year period.

Budget: The honorarium is $1,800 dollars with an additional $500 awarded to the People’s Choice.

Deadline: 2/23/20

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Andy Brown Art Splash is open to Artists from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Louisianna and Mississippi  that are 18 years of age or older.

Special Notes: Due to the scale and openness of the park large, monumental sculptures are encouraged.

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Spike 150 Legacy Project


Summary: The Spike 150 Legacy Selection Committee seeks an artist(s) to take the singular point of time of the driving of the Golden Spike and extend the visual and time panorama to include and honor all of the railroad workers from many different cultures and backgrounds whose backbreaking efforts were crucial in the awe-inspiring construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad measuring 1776 miles of track.

Budget: $250,000

Deadline: 2/28/20

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This is a national call

Special Notes: up to four finalists will be invited to present proposals to the Committee in Salt Lake City, Utah. Finalists will receive a travel stipend and proposal honorarium. Finalists will be asked to present a full proposal of concept, design, material, budget, and timeline.  The finalist honorarium will be applied toward the commission amount for the artist(s) awarded the commission.

Once reviewed and selected the National Park Service will initiate a secondary review process “the current overall philosophy for management of the cultural landscape focuses on the use of compatible site features (materials and finishes), protection of viewsheds, selected screening of visually intrusive development, and addition of non-historic contributing elements, such as reconstructed track, wye, and locomotives.”

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Ledges Event Center

Park City, UT

Summary: Celebrating community-building, history, and culture of Coalville and Summit County, UT. The Summit County Public Art Advisory Board (“SCPAAB”) is seeking artists to propose a concept for highly creative three-dimensional artwork to be installed on the east exterior of the Ledges Event Center at the Summit County Fairgrounds.

Budget: $38,000

Deadline: February 28, 2020 by 5:00pm MST

How to apply: email, see link below for details

Eligibility Requirements: this is an open RFP

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New Bedford Whaling Artist in Residence

New Bedford, MA

Summary: The residency seeks engaging New England-based artists from across disciplines to participate in our ongoing sessions. Artists in the program will be challenged to look to New Bedford as a source of inspiration for their work; exploratory possibilities include heritage, ecology and the community. The residency will immerse participants in different modalities of site-specific creation, with civic engagement at its core. We believe that art should be accessible to all people, and that it is the artist’s role to act as a catalyst for both inspiration and radical inclusion. As such, artists will be expected to offer a series of public workshops, talks or demonstrations while participating in our program. Possibilities range from children’s craft days, to meet and greets over coffee, to Q&A sessions. These events should occur on AHA! Nights, weekends or school vacation days.

Budget: n/a

Deadline: Feb 28

How to apply: by mail, see link below for detials

Eligibility Requirements: New England-based artists

Special Notes: Residency April 1- June 30

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ARTsites 2020

Howard County, MD

Summary: The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) is seeking up to 12 artists to participate in its Ninth Annual Juried Public Art Competition for a temporary outdoor exhibit from August 2020-July 2021. HCAC’s goal is to make art more accessible to the entire community by placing sculpture at sites throughout Howard County. The sculpture will serve as major visual anchor points that will enhance and activate community spaces and generate interest in public art.

Budget: HCAC will provide up to 12 artists with a $3,000 grant to cover the temporary loan, insurance, installation, de-installation, and repairs to the sculpture. If multiple pieces are selected from one artist, a separate grant will be awarded for each piece.

Deadline: 11:59PM 2/28/20

How to apply: Submittable

Eligibility Requirements: The competition is open to all professional visual artists, aged 18 and older, with public art experience commensurate with this project’s scope.

Special Notes: HCAC will administer the selection process and provide an identification plaque for each work and promotional support for the exhibit. HCAC staff will serve as a liaison with site administrators. Sale of artwork will be encouraged; a 20% commission of work sold as a result of the exhibit will go to HCAC. Work must remain on view for the duration of the entire exhibit.

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