April Showers bring…Call for Artists

It is a cold and snowy end of April for much of the US this year. Hopefully the showers will truly bring ample flowers in May. Certainly, we have an abundance of opportunities of sculptors coming up!

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.)

rillium Line Public Art Project

Ottawa, Canada

Summary: OTTAWA, CANADA opens up the city to artists’ teams across the world – to submit their qualifications for consideration to the first stage of competition to join the Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) Stage 2 Design Team to realize their ideas for public art in station sites across the city.

The O-Train Public Art Program offers a platform for artists’ teams to create public art that will position Ottawa as a leading city of innovative and engaging contemporary art in light rail projects. Our goal is to create a cohesive narrative between and along the transit lines, regions and geography of the city and enhance the transit rider experience.

Budget: $750,000

Deadline: 5/1/19, 3:00 PM EDT CANADA

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

Eligibility Requirements: All professionals associated with this artistic team must be at least 18 years of age and live in the Greater Houston area. Professionals of diverse backgrounds with knowledge of African-American culture, art and history are encouraged to submit their qualifications. A professional is defined as a “practitioner in their prospective area with an original self-conceptualized body of work, generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional possessing serious intent and ability.”

Special Notes: visit the MERX site for the full RFQ
MERX Reference #: 144868

*** FOR NON-MEMBERS, please use solicitation number: 01319-05248-Q01

Click here to read more about this call for artists including instructions for mailing your application

Our Lady of the Lake Children

Baton Rouge, LA

Following the dedication of the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Ann Connelly Fine Art aims to engage young patients, their families, facility, staff and hospital visitors on a meaningful level through art that serves to inspire, promote positivity and create an environment of healing focused on children; aiming to create a “home away from home”. The artwork selected will be diverse in scale and voice with a dynamic use of media intended to resonate with individuals of every age from every walk of life.

Budget: no budget provided

Deadline: 5/1/19

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This is a nation-wide call

Special Notes:
All artist submissions should be of original artwork where the artist is the sole creator of the content. Following the art program mission statement, artwork imagery should be appropriate for a public environment, being sensitive to perspectives from individuals of all ages and walks of life. The artwork can incorporate traditional mediums along with contemporary elements like collage, installation, sculpture and fiber arts. The artwork presented to the call for entry must be readily available or able to be commissioned within a reasonable timeframe with the ability to reproduce the artwork to a high degree within specified guideline

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

Matthews-Sanders 8th Biennial Sculpture Competition

Cleveland MS

Summary: The Matthews-Sanders Sculpture Garden in Cleveland, Mississippi, is seeking an open call for outdoor sculpture for exhibition on the grounds of the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University, the Grammy Mississippi Museum, and downtown in the city of Cleveland.  We anticipate selecting eighteen works:  Ten sculptures at the BPAC, five sculptures downtown, and three sculptures at the Grammy Mississippi Museum.   

The work will be on exhibition from August 1, 2019 to August 6, 2021, at the end of which time a purchase award will be granted for one sculpture. The purchased sculpture will remain in the sculpture garden as part of the permanent collection.

Budget: Each artist exhibiting sculpture will receive a $2,000.00 honorarium

Deadline: 5/1/19

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: The call is open to all artists and artist teams, age 18 and over, using durable materials suitable for outside elements and change in temperature that requires little to no maintenance during the display period

Special Notes: The call is open to sculptures of all types.  Preference will be given to artworks with a musical theme at the Grammy Museum and downtown Cleveland. 

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

The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway Connecting Artworks

Seattle, Washington


The AMP:  AIDS Memorial Pathway is community driven and collaboratively funded and its goals are to use public art to create a physical place for remembrance and reflection, to utilize technology to share stories about the epidemic and the diverse community responses to the crisis, and to provide a call to action to end HIV/AIDS, stigma, and discrimination. The guiding principles of The AMP are as follows:

  • Create Places For Remembrance And Reflection
  • Convey A Sense Of Place—History + Memories + Community Values
  • Tell The Stories Of HIV/AIDS In Seattle/King County
  • Provide A Call To Action: Advocacy, Support, & Education
  • Support Racial Equity, Inclusivity, and Universal Accessibility
  • Ensure the Continuation of The AMP Project

Budget: $220,000

Deadline: 5/1/19

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This call is open to professional artists in the United States. Artists applying from outside the Seattle region should note the project will require regular on-site meetings with the project team. All travel costs will come out of the artist’s budget.

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

Fulton County Arts & Culture Public Art Program – Fine Art Acquisition Program-2019

Fulton, Georgia

Summary: Fulton County Arts & Culture’s (FCAC) Public Art Program announces the 2019 Call for Artists for the Fine Art Acquisition program. FCAC seeks to acquire existing unframed artworks and freestanding sculptures by professional Georgia-based artists that will be displayed in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library branches. Every artwork submitted must be available for purchase and remain available for purchase (without substitutions) during the review and approval process until released by FCAC (up to six months).

Budget: The Public Art Program seeks to purchase through this Fine Art Acquisition Call for Artists unframed 2-D artworks and small 3-D works priced up to $5,000 that are suitable for framing and that can be displayed on the wall. A small number of free-standing sculptures and one suspended sculpture priced up to $10,000 will also be purchased.

Deadline: 5/2/19

How to apply: PublicArtist.org

Eligibility Requirements: open to professional Georgia-based artists

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

Richard A. Tucker Memorial Library

Norfolk, VA

Summary: The Norfolk Public Art Commission and the Richard A. Tucker Memorial Library Planning Committee seek to commission an artist to design and create artwork.

Budget: $125,000

Deadline: May 3, 2019, 2:00 p.m. EST time

How to apply: Submittable

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions provided

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

Honolulu MOCA Art in City Buildings for Hau‘ula Fire Station

Honolulu, Hawaii

Summary: The City and County of Honolulu Commission on Culture and the Arts desires to commission an exterior work of art for the new Hau‘ula Fire Station, 54-282 Kamehameha Highway, Hau‘ula, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i 96717. This Request for Qualifications is open to all artists, or artist teams, qualified to work for the City and County of Honolulu.

Budget: $72,000.00

Deadline: 5/3/19 7:59 pm (Hawaii Standard Time)

Eligibility Requirements: All artists able to qualify to work for the City and County of Honolulu shall be considered.

How to apply: CaFÉ

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

Something New 2019

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Summary: “Something New”, a program in its second year, is sponsored by Arts and Humanities Bainbridge (AHB) and its Public Art Committee (PAC) in partnership with the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI).

The project provides both a dynamic public art experience and an ongoing opportunity for sculptors to exhibit and sell their work. One sculpture was sold during the first year to the City for its permanent collection. This year’s exhibit, to be installed in mid July of 2019, will place sculptures in one of up to three outdoor locations in downtown Winslow, Bainbridge Island.

Budget: $1,000.00 honorarium per Artist

Deadline: 5/3/19

How to apply: CaFÉ™

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions provided

Special Notes:
All Artwork is for sale and will be promoted as such
• Marketing and PR to include a feature in Currents Magazine, on Currents Online published by AHB and distributed across Bainbridge Island, as well as in Kitsap County and downtown Seattle
• Featured in the Opening Reception events in August 2019 and promoted by Bainbridge Downtown Association First Friday Downtown Art Walk
• A $1,000 People’s Choice Award for one of the program Artists

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