Call for Artists March in Like a Lion

Here are 7 opportunities for sculptors with deadlines today through March 6. Yes, you will have to act fast for these call for artists, but for the sculptor who can one of these might be the commission or loan opportunity you were looking for!

University of Illinois Siebel Design Center

Urbana-Champaign, IL

Summary: The Art in Architecture (AIA) Program of the University of Illinois Facilities & Services is pleased to announce a Call For Artwork (CFA). 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.

This call seeks artwork for the new Seibel Design Center located at 1208 South Fourth Street on the Urbana-Champaign Campus in Champaign, Illinois. The project will construct an iconic new 60,000 GSF design center facility. The project is currently under construction with completion scheduled for late spring of 2020.

Budget: $173,500

Deadline: 3/04/2020 4pm Central Time

How to apply: via email or hand delivery, see link below for details

Eligibility Requirements: This Call For Artwork is open to all professional artists, artisans or artist-led teams currently residing and legally permitted to work in the United States. Faculty, instructors and staff of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as well as degree-seeking fine art students are ineligible to apply.

Special Notes: Multiple artists will be selected for more than one location on the site. The total Art in Architecture budget for the Project will not exceed $173,500; purchases from individual artists will not exceed $100,000. Submitted pieces must fit within the budget negotiated with each artist. The committee will decide how this budget will be divided between the artwork selections.

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Public Art Plan – Call for Consultant

Raleigh, NC

Summary: The City of Raleigh (CoR) is seeking one or more qualified firm(s) with which to contract for the following services:

The City of Raleigh Office of Raleigh Arts seeks qualifications from professional consultants with demonstrated experience for creating Raleigh’s visionary and comprehensive public art plan. Raleigh Arts seeks consultants whose preferred approach for developing plans is non formulaic, actively engages community and emphasizes creativity in the plan’s development. The consultant will work collaboratively with City staff, the Public Art and Design Board, the Raleigh Arts Commission and stakeholders to create a strategic and inclusive approach to planning for public art.

The project should be completed within twelve months of contract execution. Raleigh Arts will consider technical expertise, range of experience including knowledge of city, state and federal regulations and ordinances, project innovation, availability to work within the timeframe as established and demonstrated ability to work closely with a varied group of stakeholders.

Budget: This solicitation is being issued in accordance with NCGS 143-64.31, otherwise known as the Mini-Brooks Act, and therefore price cannot and will not be a determining factor in the selection of the successful contractor. One copy of the hourly rates for all proposed project personnel should be enclosed in a separate, sealed envelope.

Deadline: 3/04/2020 5pm Eastern

How to apply: mail or hand delivery, see link below for details

Eligibility Requirements: Consultants must have previous experience with similar projects

The full request for Qualifications can be found here:

Jameson/Arcweld Building Replacement

Seattle, WA

Summary: 4Culture and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) seek an artist or artist-led team to create a site-specific artwork for one surface or façade of the new Jameson building. Artworks will inspire and engage the broader community to:

  • Consider the WTD workers who build and operate clean water facilities.
  • Environmental stewardship and protection of water quality in our region.
  • Influence of WTD workers, and their connection to this industrial neighborhood and larger community.
  • The artist will work with the project team and architectural consultant in a collaborative relationship.

Budget: $250,000

Deadline: March 5, 2020, 4:00 pm

How to apply: online only. See link below for details

Eligibility Requirements: open to professional artists and artist-led teams residing in the United States.

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2020 Sobey Art Award Call for Nominations


Summary: Established in 2002, the Sobey Art Award is the pre-eminent prize for Canadian artists 40 years of age and under. Presented annually, the award celebrates some of our country’s most exciting young artists, and offers significant financial recognition.

Budget: This year, a total of $240,000 in prize money will be awarded: $100,000 to the overall winner, $25,000 to each of the four other shortlisted artists, and $2,000 to each of the remaining twenty longlisted artists

Deadline: 3/6/20 6pm Eastern

How to apply: mail or email (Submissions will be accepted via large-file transfer or USB drive. All forms must be saved and submitted in digital format), , see link below

Eligibility Requirements: Canadian artists 40 years of age and under

Special Notes: In addition, the five shortlisted artists will be featured in an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in even years, and at a leading art institution in Canada in odd years. Three nominees from the longlist will also take part in the Sobey Art Award Residencies Program: a trio of international art residencies funded by the Sobey Art Foundation.

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Chicago Tree Project

Chicago, IL

Summary: Chicago Sculpture International, in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, is seeking experienced artists and artist teams to give dying trees in Chicago parks new life. This RFP seeks an experienced artist (or artist team) to turn the tree into a sculpture:  beautiful, original, unique works of art that will become a distinguishing feature in the neighborhood. The approach can be additive and/or subtractive. The trees will be approximately 16-30 ft. tall and may include main side branches.

Budget: $3,500 paid on completion of the tree sculpture

Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020, 11:59 pm CST

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: none noted

Special Notes: Past projects can be seen at

CSI will provide the tree/site scaffold and a fence around the site during construction for a one-month period (artists can apply for an extension).  Due to the condemned nature of the tree, the CPD reserves the right to remove it at their discretion.

Your approach will not compromise the integrity of the tree.

Objects created will not help people to climb the trees or cause attached objects to fall or need maintenance.

Before you work on the tree, any branches less than 8” in diameter will get cut, as well as any branches that extend 6’ beyond the trunk of the tree

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RFQ for Public Art at Polaris at Rainier Beach

Seattle WA

Summary: SEEDArts seeks a public artist or artist team to develop a site-specific permanent artwork for Polaris at Rainier Beach, an upcoming 306-unit apartment building with ground floor commercial tenants

Budget: $30,000

Deadline: 3/06/2020

How to apply: email, see link below

Eligibility Requirements: This opportunity is open to emerging and professional artists

Special Notes: This project will add one or more signature artwork(s) to the new building, compliment the neighborhood’s visual landmarks, and create excitement and beauty for the community. The artwork must fit into the Rainier Beach Action plan, which has prioritized becoming “a safe and vibrant community” as its top goal. Artwork should be representative of this diverse community.

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2020 Old Town Keller Rotating Sculpture Program

Keller , TX

Summary: The Keller Public Arts Board is seeking six sculptures that are appropriate for public viewing and support the family friendly atmosphere of the City of Keller. Sculptures remain under the artist’s ownership and are loaned to the exhibit for a two-year period.

The Keller Public Arts Board aims to install sculptures that are diverse in style and media. The Board hopes to expose the local community to different types of art, increase tourism and encourage visitors to the Old Town area by providing a dynamic and engaging exhibit.

Budget: $1,500 honorarium

Deadline: 3/6/20

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Artists must reside in Texas. All works must be original.

Special Notes: All sculptures must be “family appropriate” and pose no risk to public safety; no sexual, bloody or violent content shall be accepted. Sculptures must be made of materials that can withstand the harsh Texas weather and require no maintenance by the City of Keller. Pieces sold while on display may be removed but the artist must replace the sold artwork with a different sculpture, with approval by the Board, within 60 days of removal of the sold piece.

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