Call for Artists August 1-10, 2021

13 listings with opportunities for sculptors in these call for artists. Several include multiple commissions, so August is starting off with a real bang!

If you are reading this in July, be sure to see our previous post for sculpture opportunities with July deadlines.


Kinetic Sculpture at Rancho Vista Park

Palmdale, California

Summary: The City of Palmdale is seeking artist(s) for a defined piece as part of its Public Art Program. The selected kinetic sculptural piece will be permanently displayed in the Rancho Vista Park within the Therapeutic Wellness Garden/Meditation Space.

Budget: $25,000

Deadline: 8/1/21

How to apply: CaFÉ™

Eligibility Requirements: Artists 18 years of age or older are invited to submit an individual or collaborative artist application.

Special Notes: Sculpture should be kinetic, having moving parts activated by wind.
·  There is no required “theme” but the context of the Therapeutic Wellness Garden/Meditation Space should be considered as a strong influence.

  • Sculpture must fit within a 13’ by 13’ footprint.  There is a grade difference of 2’ within the assigned footprint.
  • Sculpture should be no more than 17’ in height on their own inclusive of a base.
  • Sculpture should weigh no more than 3,000 pounds.

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The Lupin Award – ACP Public Art

Atlanta, Georgia

Summary: Thanks to support from the Lupin Foundation, Atlanta Celebrates Photography sets out to find fresh thinkers with exciting novel ideas for creating a temporary public art exhibition in Atlanta which will appeal to diverse audiences and uses the power of photography as a catalyst for dialogue to stimulate cultural transformation. Strength of concept as well as artistic quality is of prime importance.

No media restrictions have been established in order to ensure maximum creativity for participating artists. However, since ACP is an organization that promotes all things photographic, it is a requirement that your project involve lens-based or photographic media as an integral part of the project (this includes images and/or video captured by a lens, or media in which light sensitivity is a primary element of the material, or reimagining the uses of photography and possibilities of imagery made with light or a camera). We encourage you to think widely and to explore this concept without restraint.

Budget: $20,000

Deadline: 8/1/21, 11:59pm Eastern

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Any individual or team (individual artist, curator with an artist, artist with other artists, or artist with a curator) may apply, provided that the person(s) or firm who will be responsible for the actual fabrication and/or construction of the piece(s) have had previous experience in the medium(s) proposed, which must be disclosed in detail in the application form.

Special Notes: Applicants may propose sites, or seek assistance from ACP to identify sites.

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Austin Veterans Art Festival (AVAFEST) 2021

Georgetown, Texas

Summary: The AVAFEST 2021 Exhibition will showcase creative art practices, such as dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and the written word, created by U. S. Veterans, current Military members, and/or their immediate family members.  The Exhibition will be presented online with a selected few in-gallery and museums opportunities.

This year’s theme: “Using the Arts & Community to Save Veteran Lives”. (The theme is simply a starting off point.  )

Budget: n/a

Deadline: 8/1/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This call is open to all emerging and established artists that are U. S. Veterans, current Military members, and/or their immediate family members residing in the U.S. or abroad. 

Special Notes: There is a $25.00 entry fee to apply for this call for artists

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Art on the Corner 2021

Grand Junction, Colorado

Summary: Downtown Grand Junction, is pleased to announce the return of the 2021/2022 annual temporary public sculpture exhibit for Art on the Corner. This exhibit is open to all sculpture artists. The sculpture must be an original creation by the artist. Each and every sculpture accepted into the Art on the Corner temporary exhibit shall be viewed as a possible long term acquisition and as such it should have relevance aesthetically to the community in future years and reflect enduring artistic quality.

Budget: All artists who are accepted will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Two nights of lodging will also be provided for accepted artists for Friday, October 1st and Saturday, October 2nd, 2021.

Deadline: 8/2/21, midnight Mountain

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: No restrictions noted.

Special Notes: The Artist or representative is required to deliver their artwork and must be present for the installation scheduled on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021, at 7:00 a.m.

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UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower at UPMC Mercy

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Summary: UPMC is building the UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower at UPMC Mercy (VRT)in the Uptown neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Designed by the architecture firm HOK, the building will open to the public in 2023. This call is for multiple art purchases.

Key project stakeholders, providers, and staff worked with a consultant to develop the VRT Art Plan. Commissioned works of art are one of the building features focused on enhancing the experience of patients and caregivers. We are seeking artists who will create works of art attuned to the needs of our diverse patients and caregivers, reinforce a welcoming atmosphere, and inspire curiosity and enrichment.

Opportunities and Artwork Budgets

  1. Exterior Plaza: $215,000
  2. West Lobby: $165,000
  3. East Atrium: $170,000
  4. Level 2 Reception Feature Wall: $65,000
  5. Level 3 Reception Feature Wall: $65,000
  6. Level 4 Reception Feature Wall: $100,000
  7. Purchases or Commissions for Treatment Areas, Clinical Areas, Corridors, and Sub-waiting Areas: $500 – $10,000
  8. Entry Pavement:$10,000

Deadline: 8/2/21

How to apply: Online via SlideRoom

Eligibility Requirements: This opportunity is open to professional visual artists based in the United States of America. Artists who have disabilities, including visual disabilities and visual impairments, are encouraged to apply. Artists who have experience working with or creating art for settings serving people who have disabilities, including visual disabilities and visual impairments, are encouraged to apply.

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New Public Art in Allentown

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Summary: The Allentown Arts Commission, in partnership with Materials Conservation of Philadelphia, seeks artist responses via this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to commission an original, site-specific work of art. The work of art will be located on the western side façade of the RB Collection at 107 Hamilton Street. The work of art may take the form of mural, low-relief sculpture or other appropriate forms of art (or a combination of these)

Budget: $22,500

Deadline: 8/3/21, 1pm

How to apply: by mail or email, see link below

Eligibility Requirements: The opportunity is open to artists or artist teams working in a variety of media in the United States. Artists must have successfully completed a work of public art in comparable scale or budget to be considered for the project. Allentown and Lehigh Valley-based artists, female artists and artists of color are encouraged to apply.

Special Notes: The artist will create a work of art on the central grey block area on the side façade of 107 Hamilton Street, a 3-story building. The area for the mural is approximately 20’ wide x 33’ tall. The work of art should address all or part of that portion of the wall and must be visible from surrounding streets.

Download Request for Artist Qualifications (RFQ) which includes application instructions


Western Carolina University DCA Feature Wall

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Summary: The Department of Campus Activities at Western Carolina University is seeking an artist to create a feature wall in their newest office space. Ideally, the artist would come from the Appalachian Region and would utilize locally and renewably sourced materials to create a mountain-scape that reflects the beautiful and unique context that the University calls home. We are seeking a mixed-medium installation made up of metals, glass, stone, wood, etc. that would ideally be sourced through recycling or renewable sources.

The maximum space available is 11 ft. 6 in. feet wide by 7 ft. 9 in. tall. The wall that will hold this installation is curved (see floorplan), so artist should consider this in their proposal. The wall is constructed of drywall with metal studs every 16 inches (see attachments for more information), each stud can hold 2 anchors, with each anchor allowing 25lbs. The maximum depth of the artwork cannot exceed 4 inches at any point.

Budget: WCU has allocated a maximum of $16,000 for artists fees, materials, and installation. Hospitality and travel fees are set at $1,500.

Deadline: 8/6/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: No restrictions noted, however ideally, the artist would come from the Appalachian Region

Special Notes: The call will close one month after opening with a decision to be made in early August. Ideally the artist will be onsite to install the piece in at a time to be determined in the Fall/Early Winter of 2021 with completion before December 31, 2021. We anticipate installation taking no longer than 5 business days.

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265 National Hispanic Cultural Center – Acequia Revitalization Project

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Summary: The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee (LSC) for the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) seek an artist or artist team to create an exterior, site-specific commission project to be situated at the Paseo Acequia on the eastside of campus. The LSC is interested in commissioning artwork that will engage visitors of all ages to NHCC and explore the following ideas: acequias, water, movement, journeys, voyages, passageways, connections, the river, the history of acequias, water as life, and respond to the movement and shape of the acequia itself. Artists should also consider the location of the acequia on campus, and the programming that occurs at the NHCC. The LSC’s goal is to interject color and liven this area of campus, to attract visitors and make the walk between buildings more enjoyable. The Paseo Acequia is currently being used as a planter, but artists are encouraged to use all areas of the acequia in their artwork as they see fit. Proposals can incorporate artwork in, on, and/or around the concrete acequia and adjoining graveled area.

Budget: $80,274 is available for this project after finalist presentation fees.

Deadline: 8/6/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This request for qualifications is open to all artists or artist teams working in the Southwest region (Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico).

Special Notes: Up to five finalists will be invited to submit a formal proposal for the project. Finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium for a written proposal, presentation, and a maquette and/or digital rendering of the proposed artwork.

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Grand Avenue Pedestrian and Bike Bridge

Kansas City, Missouri

Summary: The City of Kansas City, Missouri One Percent for Art program seeks to commission works of art that advance public understanding of visual art and enhance the quality of public places by selecting a qualified artist who can innovatively and thoughtfully design within the context of this project. The selected artist(s) will provide original, site-responsive public art for the protective fencing area of the pedestrian and bike bridge.

Budget: $200,000

Deadline: 8/6/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Professional visual artists or artist teams based in the United States at least 18 years of age are eligible, with a preference for artists who live or work in the Missouri counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, and Ray County, or the Kansas counties of Johnson and Wyandotte

Special Notes: Up to three semi-finalists will be selected and paid a $1,200 design fee to develop a proposal to present to the selection panel.

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2021 APP Hawai‘i Request for Qualifications

Honolulu, Hawaii

Summary: In accordance with Hawai‘i Revised Statute 103-8.5, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places Program is requesting qualifications from individual artists for artwork to be commissioned for various locations statewide. Through this RFQ we intend to establish a qualified pool of professional artists for consideration. Sites for art may include opportunities for three dimensional freestanding sculpture, two dimensional images translated into durable materials and large painted murals. Specific locations have not been announced.

Budget: n/a

Deadline: 8/6/21, 11:59pm Mountain

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This RFQ is open to National and International Artists. Hawai‘i artists will be given special consideration.  Hawai‘i Artist: An artist who was born and/or educated in Hawai‘i, regardless of whether he/she currently resides in Hawai‘i or elsewhere; obtained a major part of his or her artistic training and development in Hawai‘i; is a Hawai‘i resident; or has made a significant impact in Hawai‘i through exhibitions, installations and/or commissions.

Special Notes: Up to five semi-finalists may be asked to develop a detailed design proposal for each location or interview. After reviewing proposals or interviewing artists, the AAC will recommend candidate(s) to the HSFCA Board of Commissioners for final approval. Artists selected for commissioned artworks are required to obtain a General Excise License from the Hawai‘i State Tax Office. They are also required to obtain a certificate of vendor compliance from Hawai‘i Compliance Express before the contract is awarded.

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Sculptural Screening for Lift Stations – Phase 2

Leesburg, Florida

Summary: The Leesburg Center for the Arts is placing a Request for Qualifications for Public Art Sculptural Screening at 4 sites.

This is a commissioning of new work by the Leesburg Center for the Arts in partnership with the City of Leesburg.  The goal of the project is to use the Public Art Screening to conceal the Lift Stations from view and provide aesthetically pleasing street scape elements.  The artwork should be unique, engaging for passersby, reflective of the themes preselected by the community, and not easily scaled.  The screening will be placed in front of four separate Lift Stations.  Each location requires a different size. 

Budget: $28,000

Deadline: 8/6/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This call is open to professional artists with qualifications and experience in their medium and with projects of this scale and complexity.  Emerging artists are encouraged to apply and must be able to show the ability to complete a project of this scope.rt

Special Notes: Three finalists will be shortlisted and compensated $350 for conceptual designs. Commissioned artwork should reflect themes preselected by the community and the values and mission of the Leesburg Center for the Arts and the City of Leesburg.

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The Decatur Artway VII

Decatur, Georgia

Summary: The Decatur Arts Alliance seeks sculptures to be placed in the city of Decatur, Georgia as part of the Decatur Artway. Sculptors are encouraged to be a part of this two-year sculpture exhibition. The sculpture must be available for the duration of the two-year contract.

Budget: Selected artists will be awarded an honorarium of $2000.

Deadline: 8/6/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: No restrictions noted

Special Notes: The installed work may be available for sale. Artwork sold as a result of the Decatur Artway will be subject to a 20% commission, which will be deducted from the purchase price and retained by the Decatur Arts Alliance.

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RFQ- Underpass Placemaking & Lighting Installation

Pasadena, Texas

Summary: This RFQ is part of a multi-phase process by which the Pasadena Economic Development Corporation seeks to identify and select a qualified public artist(s) to create and install a lighted public art project. The project will be installed under SH 225, spanning three intersections (Shaver Street, Munger Street, and Main Street) occupying approximately 77K square feet.

Budget: To be determined

Deadline: 8/9/21, 4:00pm

How to apply: mail, email or you may share your documents using either Google Drive or Dropbox. See link below for information.

Eligibility Requirements: This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to professional artists or teams with experience in the design, fabrication, and installation of public artwork that has lighting incorporated as a critical focus of the artwork. Artists must have experience in producing a minimum of two permanent, exterior public artworks similar in scale and complexity to this project.

Special Notes: This RFQ is being used for pre-qualification purposes. The qualifications review committee will check responses against the evaluation criteria. Responses not meeting all mandatory evaluation criteria will not be considered for review. Qualified respondents will be provided with a copy of the RFP if one is issued.

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