Plethora of “Call for Artists” with July Deadlines

11 Upcoming Call for Artists that have Come Across Our Desk:


In case you thought there were no interest in sculpture, we are here to reassure you! Here are 11 with deadlines ranging from July 10-July 31.

These calls are across the USA and there’s even one in Scotland.

So read through and find one that fits you, and apply!

Fort Grounds Drive Roundabout Sculpture

Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission logo

Summary: The City of Coeur d’Alene’s Four Corners area has held a prominent place in the history of the community. Located at the heart of the downtown corridor, it has always been the place where all sectors of the city converge. This area includes Coeur d’Alene City Park, access to the historic Fort Grounds neighborhood, the historic Memorial Field softball field and grandstand, and the new home of the original carousel from Coeur d’Alene’s Playland Pier.

Budget: $45,000.00

Deadline: 7/10/17 5:00 pm PDT

How to apply: CaFE

Eligibility Requirements: open to all Artists, Designers, or Creative Individuals residing in North America regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, physical or mental disability. Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission members and selection committee members are not eligible for participation.

Site Details

For more information about the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission, visit their website at

Wetland Life with EcoArtScotland

painting from previous WetlandLife and EcoArtScotland Call for Artists

Summary: We are looking for artists whose work can contribute to our knowledge and appreciation of wetlands and mosquitoes.

By this we mean artworks, in any medium, that seek to influence our awareness, understanding, attitudes, emotions, values or behaviour towards them, and the ecological and social interactions that have brought them into being. This might be done by communicating the findings of researchers about wetlands and mosquitoes to new audiences, challenging how we think about them, or changing how we feel about them – perhaps helping us connect with them in new ways.

This is an exciting opportunity for artists to work alongside local communities and a diverse team of environmental researchers to show how art can influence how we value nature and ecosystem services. The focus of work will be on the Somerset Levels, Humber Levels and Thames Estuary, although reference will also be made to a broad range of inland and marine wetlands across England to capture the diversity of these places.

Budget: three bursaries of £5,000 each

Deadline: 5pm July 10, 2017

How to apply: Visit the WetlandLife website to apply

Eligibility Requirements: none noted

Special Notes: Artists may apply for 1 or all 3 prizes. Artworks by the successful artist/s will be included in a final touring exhibition, planned in early/mid 2019, which will visit each of the three case study sites.

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

Artistic Excellence Competition

Artistic Excellence Southwest Art logo

Summary: Get your artwork spotlighted in Southwest Art and win $2,000! Enter your best work in our competition and show us your Artistic Excellence! All mediums, styles, and subjects are accepted. Award Winners will be published in the December 2017 issue of Southwest Art.

Budget: $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for 2nd, $500 for 3rd, and 10 $100 honorable mention prizes will be awarded

Deadline: July 14, 2017

How to apply: via the Artistic Excellence website

Eligibility Requirements: Due to SEC restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, Sudan or North Korea.

Special Notes: All winners will be featured in December 2017 issue of Southwest Art with one winner being on the cover

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

Mountain Lion Avenue Roundabout Sculpture (Loveland, Colorado)

 Loveland Art in Public Places logo

Summary: The City of Loveland Art in Public Places is accepting Requests for Qualifications for a sculptural work to be installed in a new roundabout at the intersection of Mountain Lion and North Boyd Lake Avenues, south of Highway 34. This 100’ radius roundabout will be constructed in fall 2017 and will allow for sculpture installation shortly thereafter.

Budget: $26,000

Deadline: 7/14/17

How to apply: CaFE

Eligibility Requirements: This project is open to any professional artist (or artist team) with demonstrated experience in creating signature artwork of a large scale.

Special Notes: The City’s Visual Arts Commission specifically seeks artwork intended for installation within an outdoor setting that meets the following preferences:

  • non-representational
  • easily identifiable from a distance (will not require close-up inspection)makes use of silhouetted or negative space
  • design concepts that work “in the round”
  • design could not be construed as traffic or wayfinding signals

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

Click here to read more about opportunities in Loveland for sculptors

Site details available here.

Decatur Artway Call for Artists (Decatur, Georgia)

sculpture from previous Decatur Artway call for artists

Summary: The Decatur Arts Alliance seeks sculptures to be placed in five locations within walking distance of downtown Decatur as part of the ongoing Decatur Artway celebration of public art. The sculptures are on view for two years and easily accessible to hundreds of people each month who come to Decatur to shop, dine, work, or attend the year-round calendar of events and festivals. In addition, the art and artists are featured on the Otocast App.

Budget: Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $2,000

Deadline: July 15, 2017

How to apply: via CaFE

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Special Notes: There is a $20 entry fee for this art on loan application

The Decatur Artway began in September 2015 with five temporary sculptures in downtown Decatur and continued in 2016 with the placement of five more sculptures in Oakhurst. The new sculptures will be on display in downtown Decatur from October, 2017 through September, 2019.

Photo of “Prairie Vane”by Dan Perry at 4th Ave. and Oakview Rd. courtesy of Decatur Arts Alliance 

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McKnight Project Call for Artists

Forecast Public Art image: want to make public art?

Summary: This grant supports the creation of a new publicly accessible temporary or permanent artwork anywhere in the state of Minnesota by a Minnesota-based mid-career public artist. Projects may be in any form or discipline, including performance, dance, storytelling, photography, film, sculpture, painting, etc.

Budget: $50,000 for 1 grant

Deadline: July 18, 2017

How to apply: Online applications

Eligibility Requirements: Minnesota-based mid-career public artist

Special Notes: Founded in 1978, Forecast Public Art was one of the first nonprofit organizations in the United States dedicated to advancing the field of public art. Forecast activates people, networks, and proven practices to advance the transformational power of the arts in public life.

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

Utah State University Life Sciences – Utah Public Art Program

Utah Public Art Program

Summary: Request for qualifications from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site specific artwork(s) for the new Utah State University Life Sciences facility in Logan, Utah

Budget: $313,000

Deadline: 7/21/17

How to apply: Interested artists may submit applications EITHER online or by USB flash drive or compact disc/DVD. The deadline is the same for both methods and is not a postmark deadline.

Eligibility Requirements: Resident US citizen or legal resident artists / artist teams. Utah artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

Capitola Playable Sculpture (Capitola, California)

Capitola Playable Sculpture call for entries

Summary: The City of Capitola is looking for proposals for a Playable Climbing Sculpture which will be located at the City’s Esplanade Park at the entrance to the City’s beach.

Budget: $50,000

Deadline: 7/24/17 12 p.m. PDT

How to apply: CaFE

Eligibility Requirements: This opportunity is open to artists working or living along the west coast of the United States in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have all necessary permits to work in the United States at the time of submittal of qualifications.

Special Notes: The Monterey Bay Marine themed sculpture will be located on a pad area approximately 18 x 20 feet. We do not anticipate the maximum height sculpture to be greater 5 feet at the highest point. The sculpture will be mounted into the ground, and surrounded by a ASTM F1292 tested, unitary shock absorbing surface, as per U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission playground requirements. The installation of the sculpture will be done in conjunction with city of Capitola Public Works. The sculpture will be install in a marine environment so materials used should be very weather resistant and should be safe for children climb on.

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Woodbriar Park Art  (Greeley, Colorado)

City of Greeley Arts Commission logo

Summary: Land art, earthworks, earth art, and environmental art has been chosen as the underlying theme for this project.

Land Art can include works that are created in nature using natural materials such as soil, rock, boulders and stone, organic media (logs, branches, leaves) and water with introduced materials such as concrete, metal, asphalt or mineral pigments. This provides for site-specific structures, art forms, and sculptures that contribute to place making.

There will be an abundance of soil, rocks and tree trunks to haul away if we don’t make works of art with them.

All mediums, including landscape architecture and ‘Earthworks’, will be considered. Special consideration will be given to applicants who state in the letter of intent one or more of the following:

  • artwork that makes use of existing soil and ground materials from the site excavation
  • artwork that encourages interactivity and play
  • Plans to include children and/or citizens in the creative process; explain how this can be successfully accomplished.

Budget: $50,000

Deadline: 7/25/17

How to apply: CaFE

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Special Notes: The eventual disintegration of the works may be acceptable if it is a slow process, or works may be created with the intent of being permanent. The selected artist(s) will be responsible for developing and installing original artwork utilizing the “natural advantages” of the park. This will be done in collaboration with the Architecture and Engineering firm that has been hired to complete the overall design of the park. Final park construction drawings are anticipated to be complete by October of 2017 with construction to follow beginning in late November 2017.

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Sculpture Series for The Point Mixed Use Development (Denver, Colorado)

Sculpture Series for The Point Mixed Use Development

Summary: The Point is now a commercial retail destination at the intersection of Parker Road and Peoria Street; located just north of the Nine Mile Station transit stop and Park & Ride. A pedestrian bridge will span Parker Road to bring pedestrians to the Point retail shops, park spaces, and public art. The Point’s location in the southeast Denver Metro region provides great access to highway and transit facilities, employment opportunities, living options and regional bike paths connecting Cherry Creek State Park to Downtown Denver, making it appealing to many businesses and residents.

Budget: $391,000 to be divided among three independent art locations

Deadline: 7/27/17

How to apply: CaFE

Eligibility Requirements: none provided

The final pieces:

  • Shall be designed to be a part of a series
  • Shall be Interactive with the public
  • Shall incorporate both daytime and evening interest with integrated lighting design
  • Shall be safe to touch.
  • Shall be designed to be durable, require low maintenance, and be graffiti resistant
  • Shall be contemporary in character

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Scottsdale Public Art Call for Artists: Canal Convergence 2018

Scottsdale Public Art Call for Artists

Summary: Scottsdale Public Art seeks new and existing proposals for temporary interactive community artworks, hands-on workshops, live mural paintings, projections, music and performances to be featured during Canal Convergence │ Water + Art + Light 2018 at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

Budget: Varies per category: range of $2,500 – $30,000 USD

Deadline: July 31, 2017 11:59 pm

How to apply: via CaFE

Eligibility Requirements: must be 21 years of age or older

Special Notes: Large scale public art installations will be featured during the full length of the event with installation happening prior to February 24th and de-installation after March 4th, 2017.
The hands-on workshops, live mural paintings, projections, music and performances will be chosen to be featured during one or both weekends of the event.

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