Call for Artists: 6 New Deadlines Approaching

Beware the Ides of March? Maybe, maybe not. Here are 6 opportunities for sculptors with deadlines around then–that may just have you celebrating like an emperor!


Urbana, Illinois

Summary: The Art in Architecture (AIA) Program of the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, Facilities & Services is pleased to announce a Request for Purchase of Artwork (RFA). Professional artists are invited to submit images of available work to be considered for the permanent original public art at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Artists’ work may also be considered for custom or commissioned work.

Budget: $19,500

Deadline: 3/14/19

How to apply: by email to

Eligibility Requirements: none provided

Special Notes: The committee has created the objectives for specific areas to complement both the building and its use. Choice of media for the project is broad but should be in material suitable for an exterior environment. The committee will consider three-dimensional artwork that reflects and is expressive of the disciplines of the SMCB.

For more information about SMCB, see: A complete PDF copy of the Call For Artwork document is available via email. Send a request for this document to with a return email address.

TEMPO 2019

Austin, Texas

Summary: The City of Austin’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department, seeks proposals from professional visual artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, install and de-install short-term or time-based exterior artworks in City-owned sites within Austin Public Library Department property.

For the third year, the TEMPO 2019 program will culminate in a temporary public art festival, which will be a registered group exhibition during East Austin Studio Tour in November. The ‘TEMPO Convergence’ festival is will be located in Edward Rendon Sr. Park, located along Ladybird Lake just east of I-35.

Budget: $10,000

Deadline: 03/14/2019 5:00 PM Central Time

How to apply:

Eligibility Requirements: The City of Austin requests proposals from professional artists and designers who live and work in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties are eligible to apply.

Special Notes: Artists who have not received a public art commission before are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration.

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

Giralda Sky

Coral Gables, Florida

Summary: The City of Coral Gables requests concept proposals from professional working artists for consideration to create an inaugural artist designed temporary installation for the City’s Giralda Plaza. Artwork is sought that incorporates environmental sustainability in concept and design. Environmental sustainability for the purposes of this opportunity refers to concept, design, and/or material that addresses reuse without harm to the ecosystem.

Budget: $150,000

Deadline: 3/15/2019 11:00 PM Central Time

How to apply: Online, via Coral Gables’ portal

Eligibility Requirements: Professional artists residing in the United States or abroad

Special Notes:

Click here to read more about this call for artists which includes information on how to apply

Siloam Springs Mural Commission

Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Summary: A priority site for art in Siloam Spring’s new Memorial Park is the concrete retaining wall adjacent to the existing stairs along the west side of the park (see below). This highly visible, triangular concrete wall, at the base of the Veterans Memorial Plaza, offers an excellent opportunity to add a colorful story-telling element to the park and transform an otherwise drab concrete retaining wall into a meaningful focal point. The wall could accommodate a mural, mosaic, low relief, or some other type of artistic treatment. Please note that a substrate may be added to the wall to protect art from moisture seepage

Budget: $45,000

Deadline: 3/15/2019 4:00 PM

How to apply: email, see link to RFQ below

Eligibility Requirements: Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and reside within 200 miles of Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Special Notes: This project offers a special opportunity to help tell the story of the Siloam Springs community. The selected artist should consider involving local partners, such as the nearby library, tapping knowledge of local historians, researching images and information about the park site, or involving local residents from different generations and perspectives. The end result should generate civic pride in the project and the park.

Click here to read RFQ about this call for artists

Luminaria 2019, Contemporary Arts Festival

San Antonio, Texas

Summary: Luminaria is a dynamic non-profit arts organization that produces San Antonio’s annual after-dark contemporary arts festival. Luminaria’s FREE 2019 arts festival is scheduled on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 7PM to Midnight in Hemisfair, with additional community programming and ticketed events throughout the holiday weekend.

Luminaria invites artists, bands, performers, and all creative organizations to submit a proposal for this competitive showcase. Apply between February 1st and March 15th to be part of this luminous after-dark celebration of contemporary arts in San Antonio, Texas.

Budget: Luminaria is committed to paying all featured artists fair compensation for presentation of their work. The base fee for small projects and performances is $500, while fees for larger projects can be up to $2,500

Deadline: 3/15/2019 11:59 PM Central Time

How to apply:

Eligibility Requirements: This call is open worldwide.

Special Notes: Luminaria covers basic production costs such as electricity, stages, sound equipment, site lighting, artist / stage / event managers, and security. Special production elements within application proposals are the responsibility of the artist.

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

Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project

Hillsborough, North Carolina

Summary: The Hillsborough Arts Council (HAC) and the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC), in partnership with the Town of Hillsborough, are seeking an artist to design, fabricate, and install an exterior, permanent piece of public art for the gateway entrance to River Park in Downtown Hillsborough, NC. This prominent sculptural element will incorporate and celebrate wood salvaged from the historic Calvin Street Tree that fell during Hurricane Florence.

Budget: $20,000

Deadline: 3/15/19

How to apply: Submittable

Eligibility Requirements: The project is open to artists age 18 and over, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, religion, political affiliation or beliefs, national origin, or handicap. Priority will be given to artists residing in North Carolina.

Special Notes: The project partners seek an artist to design, build, install and maintain the Calvin St. Tree project.  The project must adhere to the following specifications:

  • Fit within the geographic boundaries illustrated on the attached map and be outside of NC Department of Transportation right-of-way.
  • Incorporate wood from the Calvin St. Tree, alone or in combination with other natural materials including additional wood, glass, stone, brick, concrete, ceramic, or metal.
  • Not contain any synthetic materials, with exception elements needed for structural support.
  • Be maintained by artist for three years.

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