Call for Artists May Celebration

May One of these Calls Be with You

Wow–a full baker’s dozen sculpture opportunities. Whether you are a student or have a wealth of public art experience, there is sure to be a call for you in this bunch–and this is just the tip of the May iceberg!

April brought us many call for artists, including that expires the day we are writing this, so if you haven’t seen it already, be sure to check it out here.

Be sure to come back regularly. This post just lists Call for Artists we have received for the first week in May. It promises to be an exciting summer filled with opportunities for sculptors across the country!

Stevens Point Area Roundabout & CREATE Portage County

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Summary: This call for artists is to create a distinct entrance to the community in a new roundabout area. They have left this very open ended, which could be exciting or challenging depending upon your point of view. I reached out to them to ask about the budget and was given the response in the Special Notes section below*. If you might be interested, check out the link and you can see the maps and lots of details about the area.

Budget: There is no set budget for the project. (See notes below*)

Deadline: 5pm Tuesday May 1

How to apply: by email

Eligibility Requirements: “There are no eligibility requirements. We would love to find a local or regional artist but are open to artists from any location. Similarly, we will consider experience as part of the evaluation process but are open to emerging artists as well.”

*Special Notes from the coordinator: The City opted to determine a budget based on the designs that came in in large part because there is such varied opportunity for scope. The project could just address Priority Area #1 or it could add art to seven different areas in the roundabout. The City is eager to make this a distinct entrance to our community, so I have been recommending that artist imagine a creative use for the space and provide an honest budget of what that would cost them to complete.

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

Larry Cohen Recognition Project

Public Art Commission Opportunity Artist/Landscape Designer RFQ

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Summary: Design and installation of a memorial to Judge Larry Cohen that utilizes th plaza adjacent to the historic Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse.

The project honors Judge Cohen’s work by creating a vibrant, attractively-designed and equipped permanent public space for the
recognition and celebration of citizenship and diverse and inclusive public leadership. The design will serve to honor the life and work of Judge Cohen, and not include a likeness (a statue or bust, etc.)

Budget: $350,000

Deadline: 4pm Central Time, May 1, 2018

How to apply: via email (see link below for the details)

Eligibility Requirements: must have completed 2 commissioned outdoor public works with budgets of $150k or more; must be available for in-person interview in Saint Paul; artists/landscape designers are encouraged to apply as teams

Special Notes: Do not submit a project proposal or design at this time.

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

2019/2020 Governor’s Residence Exhibitions

Lincoln, Nebraska

Summary: The Nebraska Arts Council is now accepting artist applications for exhibitions at the Governor’s Residence.

Exhibitions are three months. Submissions are juried by the NAC board and the Governor Residence Manager.

The space is limited to 2D artwork. Artwork must be prepared and ready to hang safely and securely from the traditional rail hanging system and finished on the backside so as not to damage the wallpaper or other wall treatments

Budget: n/a

Deadline: May 1, 2018

How to apply: via Slideroom

Eligibility Requirements: Nebraska artists 21yrs or older

Special Notes: There is a $5 application fee

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

Fun & Functional Bike Racks

Tamarac, Florida

Summary: The City of Tamarac is seeking Design Proposals for functional artistic bike racks that will accommodate 2 to 8 bicycles to be located throughout the city’s owned open space facilities.

The sculpture bike racks should be playful, functional, big, visible and memorable. All artwork styles will be considered. The artwork should reflect the spirit of Tamarac and be impactful. All final work installed shall become the property of the City, and the City will be responsible for maintaining, repairing and refurbishing them as needed.

Budget: $57,000

Deadline: 5/1/18 (the written spec sheet now says the deadline was April 24, however the application is combined with the murals below and is therefore still active–we don’t know which is the real deadline, sorry)

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: This competition is open to artists and design professionals, with an eye for fun and functionality, nationwide with experience working with public agencies and professional engineers.

Special Notes: The bike rack call is combined with the murals call (below) but they are separate projects

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


Tamarac, Florida

Summary: The City of Tamarac, Florida is seeking to commission an artist or artist team to create murals to be located on three structures located at the City’s Sports Complex. The structures are two dug outs and the administrative office building. The murals should be fun, playful, big, visible and memorable. All artwork styles will be considered. Both two dimensional and three dimensional works will be considered.

Budget: $50,000

Deadline: May 1, 2018

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: open to all professional artists nationwide with experience working with public agencies and professional engineers.

Special Notes: The murals call is combined with the bike rack call (above) but they are separate projects

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

Donor Recognition Art for new Visitor Center

Audubon, Pennsylvania

Summary: The John James Audubon Center (JJAC) is accepting proposals for Inspiring Donor Recognition Art that will be placed in the lobby of its new Visitor Center, which is scheduled to open in spring 2019.

Budget: $20,000

Deadline: 5/1/18

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions provided

Special Notes: Click here for images of Center and location of Donor Recognition Art

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

Creede Sculpture Show

Creede, Colorado

Summary: The Creede Arts Council (CAC) is inviting sculptors to enter the Creede Sculpture Show. A unique community with a rich mining and ranching history, Creede has been recognized as one of the best small art towns with artists, galleries, a theater and a strong summer tourism economy. CAC’s dream is to enhance this vibrant atmosphere with the Creede Sculpture Show.

Accepted artists will be provided with space to show and sell their work.

The opening reception will be July 20 at 6 p.m. and the show will be held July 21-22 in the Basham Park area near downtown Creede.

The long-term plan is to install sculptures throughout the community from the canyon north of town and south to the Rio Grande River

No minimum size requirements
Accepted artists may be invited to show their sculptures in Creede before or after the show

Budget: n/a

Deadline: May 1

How to apply: go to the link below and then click on the PDF for more details and application form

Eligibility Requirements: open to all sculptors working in a permanent medium

Special Notes: Non-refundable $25 entry fee, plus booth fee ($175 for professional artists, $100 for students), bring your own 10×10 tent

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

Prospectus #248 T.I.M.E Las Vegas

Las Vegas, New Mexico

Summary: The Art in Public Places program of New Mexico Arts and the Las Vegas community will commission up to five temporary environmentally based artworks to be exhibited in various locations in Las Vegas, New Mexico. The proposed artworks should relate to this year’s theme: “Convergence”

Budget: $2,000

Deadline: 5/4/18

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions noted

Special Notes: The strongest proposals will be for works which engage the temporary nature of this series of installations and relate strongly to the cultural and environmental histories of the area. Site-specific and ephemeral works are encouraged. Artwork should appeal to both local residents and visitors to the area. No artwork requiring concrete pads or other environmentally damaging approaches will be considered. At the agreed upon time of removal, the artist will return the installation site to its original condition, subject to the approval of the site representative. Media must be low maintenance, safe for both children and adults, ADA compliant, and not leave a permanent mark on the environment when removed.

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

Terminal 1, Boarding Area B, Large-scale Suspended Artwork

San Francisco International Airport

Summary: The Terminal design offers a number of opportunities for large scale, visually dramatic artworks that will mark intersections, terminuses, and create more defined architectural spaces within the larger building. One such opportunity is for a large-scale suspended sculptural form at the end of Boarding Area B; this location is referred to as the ‘End of Pier’. The approx. dimensions of space for the artwork is 30’ x 45’ (1,350 square feet). The artwork will act as an iconic landmark; a visual signifier for the terminus of the space.

Budget: $750,000

Deadline: May 04, 2018, 11:59 PM PDT

How to apply: via SlideRoom

Eligibility Requirements: open to professional, practicing artists who reside or have gallery representation in the United States, Artists must have completed a project of similar scope; a large-scale suspended artwork or sculpture with a minimum budget of $250,000.

Special Notes: you must create an account with Slideroom, but there is no fee to do that or to apply

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

South Bay Mural Project Open Call

National City, California (San Diego)

Summary: The Port of San Diego, seeks qualifications from professional visual artists for the South Bay Mural Project as part of its Port Spaces curatorial initiative. The South Bay Mural Project is a collaborative effort between the Port of San Diego and Pasha Automotive Services.

Budget: $65,000

Deadline: 5/4/18

How to apply: via SlideRoom

Eligibility Requirements: This call is open to professional artists who legally reside and are eligible to work in the United States. Proof of residency/work permit documentation may be requested.

Special Notes: To be located on the east exterior wall of the National City Distribution Center, this mural will enrich the aesthetic landscape and cultural experiences on the waterfront in National City, California. Diverse media, application methods, and innovative artistic approaches are highly encouraged.

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

Lancaster Train Station Concourse Cases

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Summary: Lancaster Public Art invites artists to create site-specific work for our glass enclosed cases located in the Lancaster Train Station concourse. Artists may submit ideas for one or both display cases located on the South side of the concourse. Artwork must be original and created specifically for the case and its location. Subject matter and material are the artist’s choice. Selected art will be on display for six months. Artists may apply as groups or individuals

Budget: $800

Deadline: 5/4/18, 4pm Eastern

How to apply: via Submittable

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years or older. Artists who have been selected for a previous Station Cases project must wait 18 months before applying again.

Special Notes: Works of art must be contained inside of the glass cases.

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

Percent for Art – Engine 37

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Summary: The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) announces a $49,000 competition to commission a site-specific artwork at Engine 37 Fire Station. This commission is part of the $5 million City construction and renovation project by the Department of Public Property and the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Budget: $49,000

Deadline: 5/5/18, 4pm

How to apply: file sharing, such as Dropbox, click on link below for more details

Eligibility Requirements: This competition is open to artists and artist-teams who reside in the United States. The City of Philadelphia reserves the right to determine additional eligibility requirements.

Special Notes:

Some themes which are of interest to the community include: the historic neighborhood; the history of the fire department at this site originating as a volunteer organization and metamorphosing to a staffed facility, the oldest continually operating fire station in the city; the element of water the fire fighters use, and the site’s location within the Wissahickon Creek watershed; the local geology of the area comprised of the Wissahickon bedrock formation, and the use of Wissahickon Schist for the existing structure.

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Arves E. Jones, Sr. Transit Center at Northgate

El Paso, Texas

Summary: Sun Metro in collaboration with the Museums and Cultural Affairs department seeks to establish a pool of artists or artist teams from the Greater El Paso area for consideration in upcoming exhibits for the new Northgate Transit Terminal.

The exhibition will introduce artists to our community and provide them with valuable exposure and gallery space for temporary exhibitions. The exhibit space has an opportunity to display 10-15 pieces (this number may vary depending on the work selected) of work for a 12-month period.

The designated space seeks to highlight El Paso as a diverse and cultural destination through high quality art and visual experiences.

Budget: none provided

Deadline: 5/6/18

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: independent artist (or artist team) 18 years of age and over residing in the Greater El Paso area, which includes Las Cruces, New Mexico and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. 

Special Notes:

Sun Metro only exhibits the artwork and does not promote the sale of artwork in any of its public exhibits. If a piece sells, it must remain displayed until the exhibition has been complete.

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