Call for Artists: Oct 1-31, 2021

UPDATED 10/14/21

Attention Sculptors! Here are now 25 call for artists with deadlines in October, 2021. Many of these are for multiple artists, so we have an abundance of sculpture opportunities to start the fall season. Whether you are looking for an exhibition, an art on loan program, or an opportunity for a sculpture commission, be sure to read through and find the right call for you.

Be sure to also check out sculpture opportunities with deadlines in September at our previous call for artists.


Alamar Park

Avondale, Arizona

Summary: Brookfield Residential and the City of Avondale are seeking to commission a unique permanent signature artwork installation for Alamar Park, a new 40-acre regional park currently under construction in Avondale, Arizona. It is hoped that the artwork will be both engaging and interactive for visitors to this new regional destination park and community amenity. The artwork respond to the context of its location and should draw people in, invite engagement and interaction and create memorable moments

Budget: $100,000.00

Deadline: 10/1/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: No restrictions noted

Special Notes: The artwork will be sited in the center of a hardscape plaza that measures roughly 46 feet in diameter. The site is identified on the site plan as note number 17

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Art Showcase Windows for The Ion District

Houston, Texas

Summary: The Ion and Rice Management Company request qualifications and preliminary installation proposals from artists or artist teams for two showcase display windows located at The Ion, the newly renovated historic Sears building that is the hub of Houston’s innovation economy. Two artists/teams will be selected to create site-specific installations at each of the showcase windows to be shown in 6-month rotations.

Budget: $40,000 ($20,000 per window display)

Deadline: 10/1/21

How to apply: PublicArtist.org

Eligibility Requirements: Open to all artists and artist-teams over 18 years of age residing and working the Greater Houston Area, which encompasses Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers and Austin counties.

Special Notes: Each installation will be on display for six months, Feb-August 2022

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Public Sculpture for Sculpture Walk Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Summary: Sculptors may submit up to five (5) of their own original (in concept, composition, and execution) sculptures and the entry fee per sculpture is $25.00. SculptureWalk will not accept sculpture entries that are identical to sculptures already installed or to be installed in other similar public sculpture programs within 200 miles of Sioux Falls. If a sculpture in this circumstance has already been placed in SculptureWalk, it will not be eligible for any SculptureWalk awards. We welcome all sculptures and values; however, those not willing to accept up to a $20,000.00 purchase price for their sculpture will be excluded from the public voting for the People’s Choice Award. SculptureWalk will receive a 25% commission on any sculpture sold and on any commissioned sculptures, except for the People’s Choice and Best of Show sculptures. SculptureWalk will provide liability and Inland Marine (collision & comprehensive) insurance coverage on all sculptures.

Budget: All sculptors selected for Sculpture Walk Sioux Falls will receive a $1500.00 honorarium for participation in the exhibit. Each year Sculpture Walk also awards best in the show prizes based on artistic merit, this is judged by 8-10 sculptors participating in the exhibit, Best in Show will receive $2000.00 and nine Best in Show runners up will receive $1000.00. During the exhibition the public votes on the sculptures, and at the end of the year, the people’s choice sculpture will be purchased at a value not to exceed $20000.00.

Deadline: 10/1/21

How to apply: by mail or email (submit form with entry fee) see link below

Eligibility Requirements: SculptureWalk is open to professional and amateur sculptors of all backgrounds.

Special Notes: There is a $25 application fee for this call for artists.

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MCC Auto Tech Facility Public Art RFQ

Omaha, Nebraska

Summary: Located on the MCC South Omaha Campus, the new MCC Auto Tech Facility is a 100,000 square-foot building that will serve as the future home of the College’s Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Technology programs. There are three (3) artwork sites. In the Letter of Interest, list one (1) site preference and a brief descriptive summary proposed artwork:

Budget: $100,000

Deadline: 10/1/21

How to apply: Slideroom

Eligibility Requirements: The MCC Selection Committee, in consultation with the NAC, has full oversight for the selection of an artist for this project. Professional public artists/teams within the U.S. are eligible.

Special Notes: There is a $10 application fee

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Phinizy Center for Water Sciences

Augusta, Georgia

Summary: The Greater Augusta Arts Council, on behalf of the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences, is requesting proposals from qualified sculptors or artist teams to create a unique, durable, low-maintenance, meaningful, and beautiful sculpture to be placed at the entrance to the Phinizy Center‘s main visitor parking area.

The sculpture is intended to last for 50 years minimum in good condition, with minimal maintenance, and to incorporate and interpret the themes of Water, Water-conservation, Ecosystem Balance, and/or the emblem of the Phinizy Center: the Dragonfly. (There are over 120 dragonfly species in Georgia.)

Budget: $14,500

Deadline: 10/12/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: open to all professional sculptors and artist teams residing in the Southeast region of the United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee)

Special Notes: Artists may apply up to 5 times with separate proposals. Please do not submit different concept proposals in one application. Each application must be for one, individual design.

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Washington State Library Archives Building

Tumwater, Washington

Summary: This is an exciting opportunity for an artist or artist team to incorporate one or more unique artworks into the new State Library Archives Building, commissioned through ArtsWA’s Art in Public Places program in partnership with the Office of The Secretary of State. The facility is currently in design, scheduled to open to the public in May or June 2024.

Budget: $357,000

Deadline: Monday, October 11, 2021, 4 PM (Pacific)

How to apply: Submittable

Eligibility Requirements: You must be an established professional artist residing in the United States or British Columbia. Washington State artists and those with a deep connection to the state are strongly encouraged to apply.

Special Notes: 3 finalists will be selected to develop conceptual designs for the artwork and will receive $3,000 for site visit and/or concept presentation.

Click here to read more about this call for artists or to apply. Read the full guidelines

Retirement Community

Charleston, South Carolina

Summary: We invite you to submit your work for consideration for a retirement community located in the Charleston, SC area that offers independent living, assisted living, skilled/nursing care, and memory care.  Outdoor or wall mounted sculpture submissions will be considered.

If an artist does not currently have a piece that fits the size of these locations, they can provide examples of their work and state that they are available for commission requests.

Please review the guidelines and submission instructions at the link below. 

Budget: TBD

Deadline: 10/15/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: artists within the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Special Notes: Project install for indoor sculpture estimated for January/February 2022, outdoor sculpture estimated for an early Spring/Summer 2022 install.

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Texas State Film and Television Studios – Live Oak Hall

San Marcos, Texas

Summary: Texas State University invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a work of art for the University Film and Television Studios on the San Marcos, TX campus. There are three opportunities available for artist to select from for their art installations. Two are on the exterior and one in the interior public Media Concourse. This opportunity for artwork in a key public area will be awarded to qualified artists.

Budget: $50,724

Deadline: 10/15/21

How to apply: PublicArtist.org

Eligibility Requirements: This public art commission is open to all professional artists or artist teams with experience in similar such projects. All media will be considered

Special Notes: Installation Completed date: May – June 2022

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Animal Control Facility

Odessa, Texas

Summary: Odessa Arts, in conjunction with the City of Odessa invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a significant piece for the new animal control facility. The artwork should reflect a sense of joy and happiness, welcoming visitors to the shelter. It should also be a source of comfort and pride to the animal control staff, many of whom work long stressful hours with animals in distress. The shelter will be 20,538 sq ft and will house 231 kennels for cats and dogs. The shelter will have a staff of 9-12 employees

Budget: $80,000

Deadline: 10/15/21

How to apply: PublicArtist.org

Eligibility Requirements: This public art commission is open to all professional artists or artist teams with experience in similar projects.

Special Notes: The budget is derived from the CIty’s percent for art ordinance and covers all project related costs including (but not limited to): project design, labor, fabrication, project management, materials, tools, subcontracted services, lighting, travel to complete the artwork, shipping, delivery of artwork to site, and installation. Any expense that exceeds the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility.

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City Hall Sculpture

Ketchum, Idaho

Summary: The City of Ketchum, Idaho invites professional artists, architects, or designers to apply for a permanent sculptural installation for the City of Ketchum’s New City Hall. Original artwork by one selected artist, architect, designer, or artistic team will be displayed in the entry and will become a permanent part of the city’s art collection. The sculpture will be featured on the city’s website (www.ketchumidaho.org) and in various social media forums

The City of Ketchum has approved installation of a permanent hanging sculpture to be installed in the upper story of the two-story entryway of Ketchum’s City Hall. The installation will be viewed from the main entrance to the building and will also be visible from the second-floor clerestory windows.

This call is for either NEW or EXISTING work.

Budget: $30,000

Deadline: 10/15/21, 5pm

How to apply: email, see link below

Eligibility Requirements: This call is open to all artists, including architects and designers. Artists are encouraged to notify with intent to participate as soon as possible via email to Julia Mace at jmace@ketchumidaho.org

Special Notes: Following review of the Request for Qualifications submissions, the KAC will select up to three finalists to submit proposals for new work or existing work. Each finalist will receive $250 upon submission of proposal.

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13th Temporary Public Art Exhibition

Blue Springs, Missouri

Summary:  This is our thirteenth year of offering a temporary exhibition of public art, which will be entitled “Regenerate”.  The exhibit will be placed for one year, from April 4, 2022 through April 1, 2023.  This “Call to Artists” seeks artists wishing to be considered by the Selection Panel for the exhibit. 

Budget: Each selected artists will receive an honorarium of $2500 for display of their sculpture. In the past, one or more artworks have been purchased from each exhibition to remain in the City as permanent art.

Deadline: October 17, 2021, Midnight Mountain

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: open to all professional and emerging artists over the age of eighteen.

Special Notes: For this exhibit, we are partnering with Colonial Gardens, a local agri-tourism business, to display four sculptures in outdoor spaces, in their retail business environment. Colonial Gardens celebrates the concept of “soil is life” and the regenerative relationship of nature, plants and food for maintaining our bodies in much the same way that art encourages creativity, imagination and enrichment of our minds.

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16th St Mall

Denver, Colorado

Summary: The selection panel is looking to commission artwork that will be beacons or gateways to the City of Denver and draw visitors to the Mall. Artworks should enhance the experience and engage multiple senses, harnessing tactile, light, and/or sound components to achieve these aims. Ground space on the Mall is limited and must remain open for public activity; therefore, works that utilize vertical, overhead, or other space-conserving strategies are encouraged. The selection panel is open to artwork in all media and materials suitable for outdoor display. However, the panel is not looking for two-dimensional artwork. Artists are asked to be mindful and respectful of the Mall’s functionality, programs, and users.

Budget: $700,000.00

Deadline: 10/18/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This project is open to all artists internationally.

Special Notes: All applicants are expected to consider the issues of long-term conservation and maintenance of public art, along with time and budget. These projects are located in the public realm and may therefore be exposed to weather and physical stresses, as well as be subject to vandalism. Public art projects should be fabricated of highly durable, low-maintenance materials. Finalists are encouraged to consult with a professional conservator prior to the submission of a final proposal.

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Outdoor Public Art Sculptures

Frankfort, Kentucky

Summary: The Josephine Sculpture Park and FrankArts are seeking contemporary public artworks for a 2 year outdoor exhibit in public spaces through the downtown Frankfort area.

Frankfort Sculpture Trail is a curated exhibition of outdoor sculpture displayed throughout the heart of downtown Frankfort. Frankfort is the capital of KY,  a small town with a population of 50,000. Frankfort is conveniently located within 80 miles of Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati, OH and draws over 300,000 visitors each year.  The Sculpture Trail is a collaboration between FrankArts, Josephine Sculpture Park, the City of Frankfort, and Frankfort Tourism Commission. Over the next 2 years, the Trail will highlight over 25 sculptures, including pieces from private and permanent collections. Up to 15 of the sculptures will be on loan from selected artists and on display for 2 years.

There is no specific theme, however, artwork should be physically and thematically suitable for exhibition in public spaces throughout Frankfort, KY. Sculptures will be placed in both city spaces/sidewalks as well as in public parks and walking trails.

We are looking for works that capture attention and engage the public. We encourage artwork that is whimsical, kinetic, eye-catching, sound-making and/or physically interactive in some way, including art that you can sit on, climb into, photograph yourself inside, etc.

Budget: All artists whose works are installed will receive an artist stipend of up to $2,000 per sculpture. In addition to the stipend, all selected artists are eligible to be reimbursed for up to $500 in actual expenses related to shipping/delivery of the sculpture to Frankfort.

Deadline: October 20, 2021

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This Call for Art is open to all artists 18 and over

Special Notes: Art must be a minimum of 4’ in at least one direction and no taller than 20’.

Art must be ready for installation in Frankfort KY by December 2021 and will remain on exhibit for 2 years. Sculptures will be de-installed October 2023, exact dates TBD.

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Alpenglow Park

Bend, Oregon

Summary: Art in Public Places is a non-profit organization that has donated public art throughout the city of Bend, Oregon since 1973. Alpenglow Park is the first “off grid” community park in Bend and we are open to reviewing sculptures with lighting/up lighting with a solar powered power source (solar panels and infrastructure) that is built into the overall installation and project budget of the sculpture. The Park location requires a large scale work of art or multiple sculptures set amongst native restoration plantings.

Budget: $130,000

Deadline: 10/20/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This call to artists is an open competition for professional artists residing in the Northwest and Southwest United States, specifically Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.

Special Notes: We welcome the possibility of kinetic or solar powered elements and we are open to a variety of mediums and techniques provided that the work of art is durable, weather and vandal resistant. The work of art should not be climbable.

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OPEN CALL FOR CREATIVES – THE NORFOLK WAY ART TRAIL

Norfolk, England

Summary: Norfolk County Council (UK) is looking to award five commissions of up to £60,000 for dynamic new artworks to form the Norfolk Way Art Trail, a brand new outdoor public art trail spanning 250 miles of Norfolk, England. Design a multi-sensory, accessible public artwork that will engage local communities, reveal hidden stories and inspire visitors to explore the county between off-peak season October-March. There are five locations to choose from, you can submit up to two ideas

Budget: up to £60,000 each for 5 commissions

Deadline: Wednesday 20 October 2021 (midnight)

How to apply: Online

Eligibility Requirements: Open to all international artists, creatives, designers, architects, engineers, technicians. You do not have to be living in the UK to apply.

Special Notes: Emerging artists or those requiring access support are encouraged to apply.

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Charrette for Roundabout

Frederick, Maryland

Summary: The goal of the charrette exhibition is to spark discussion and innovation about the potential for artwork at Fredrick gateways to activate Frederick’s unique identity. Once artists are selected, each will propose an idea that builds upon a common idea/ theme to enhance the county’s entryways and roundabouts, turning important transitions in and out of Frederick into distinct zones that facilitate unique and memorable experiences. In tandem with soliciting artist qualifications and proposals, the Frederick Arts Council will seek input and entries from interested residents, students, and community members via a public open call.

Budget: Selected applicants will be given $600 to propose an idea and construct a model to be displayed at the Charrette for Roundabouts exhibition.

Deadline: October 22, 2021 (extended)

How to apply: Slideroom

Eligibility Requirements: This opportunity is open to all artists based in the United States.

Special Notes: This call originally ended in June

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New Public Art

Allentown, PA

Summary: This RFQ serves to commission an original, site-specific work of public art to be located in Allentown’s Arts Walk and/or Arts Alley, which run alongside of Miller Symphony Hall. The artist for the project will work in collaboration with Chris Rogerson, the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence to develop a work of art that is musical in some way. Creative collaboration between the selected artist and Chris Rogerson will be key to the project.

Budget: $18,000

Deadline: 10/22/21, 1pm (Updated deadline)

How to apply: email, see link below

Eligibility Requirements: Open to all artists. Sculptors, light artists, and artists working in metal are encouraged to apply.

Special Notes: Originally Oct 15th was listed as deadline

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Artistic Production Grants from Via Art Fund

Boston, Massachusetts

Summary: Spring 2022 Award Cycle Letter of Inquiry Due. Artistic Production Grants are awarded twice annually to individual artists, nonprofit organizations, and institutions to support new artistic commissions that take place outside museum or gallery walls, within the public realm, or in non-traditional exhibition environments.

Budget: $25,000-100,000

Deadline: October 25, 2021

How to apply: see link below

Eligibility Requirements: artists, nonprofit organizations, cultural institutions, art production platforms, and biennials or festivals working in the field of contemporary art in the United States and internationally.

Special Notes: APGs are awarded to projects that best exemplify our three core values of Artistic Production, Thought Leadership, and Public Engagement

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Martin Luther King & Veronica S. Shoemaker Blvd. Gateway Public Artwork

Fort Myers, Florida

Summary: In collaboration with the City of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency and the Lee County Black History Society, the Fort Myers Public Art Committee is requesting artists to submit qualifications for a public art project at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Veronica S. Shoemaker Boulevards.

Budget: $100,000

Deadline: 10/28/21, Midnight Eastern

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Artists who reside in the United States and US territories are eligible to apply.

Special Notes: The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Lee County Black History Society, and Public Art Committee of the City of Fort Myers seek qualified artists or artist teams to design, construct and install a public art piece that will commemorate local culture expressed through a general but a well-informed theme that incorporates the concepts of Dreams, Hope and Civil Rights.

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Black Heritage Project

Tarpon Springs, Florida

Summary: The black sponge hookers and the immigrant Greeks supported each other’s efforts. Many of the
black sponge hookers learned Greek to facilitate their working alongside the helmeted Greek
spongers. Descendants of these groups still inhabit Tarpon Springs to this day. This unique
fellowship has not been recognized in public art.

The purpose of this project is to represent this unique relationship in art. The project is
envisioned at being located at two places: the Sponge Docks and the Union Academy
neighborhood.

Budget: The total art project budget is $135,000 ($67,500 per location)

Deadline: 10/29/21, 5PM Eastern

How to apply: email, see link below

Eligibility Requirements: This design competition is open to all visual artists; consideration will be given to those
who reside in Tarpon Springs or the surrounding are

Special Notes:

The project is to be located on two prominent pieces of city-owned property, one on the Sponge
Docks and the other in the Union Academy neighborhood.

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Fort Union National Monument Artist in Residence Program

Fort Union National Monument in northern New Mexico

Summary: National Parks Arts Foundation is a Non-Profit Foundation offering Artist in Residence Programs, Museum In-Loan Programs, and Workshops inspired by our National Parks, National Monuments, World Heritage Sites, and other parks.

Budget: Artists Stipend: $1000

Deadline: October 29, 2021

How to apply: see link below

Eligibility Requirements: Open to all artists, writers musicians or performance artists.

Special Notes: Housing in Park Service housing suitable for solo artists and couples. Comfortably isolated on the high plains of New Mexico, 30-40 minutes from nearby towns, with spotty cell phone service and no or limited wifi available

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2021 Alaska Contemporary Art Bank

Alaska

Summary: The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank (ACAB) was founded in 1975 by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and was created with two primary goals: to expose more Alaskans to high quality work by contemporary Alaskan artists through the loaning of original art to public offices throughout Alaska, and to provide support to artists in Alaska through purchase of their work. The collection has grown to more than 700 art works in a wide variety of media, styles and subject matter. Although the art is the same as that collected by museums,the purpose of the Art Bank is to provide a circulating collection of Alaskan artwork to exhibit in public areas other than museums.

Art Bank artworks are loaned out for display in public areas owned and operated by the State of Alaska, University of Alaska departments, the State Legislature and in the offices of the Alaskan members of the U. S. Congress. Artwork must be durable and appropriate for public areas. ASCA provides labels that identify the artist and artwork title to accompany the pieces.

Budget: To be considered, works must be priced no higher than $4,000.

Deadline: 10/31/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be an Alaskan resident, or an Alaskan resident at time the work was created. All Alaskan artists are encouraged to apply.

Special Notes: 3-D works must be self-supporting

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Art in the Galleria at Loveland Public Library (2022)

Loveland, Colorado

Summary: The Art Selection Committee (ASC) of the Loveland Public Library seeks art by Colorado artists or artist teams for 2022 exhibits in the Galleria vitrines. The Galleria display cases provide artists with valuable public exposure and sales opportunities.

Sales while the piece is on display will be handled by the Friends of the Loveland Public Library, who shall retain a 20% commission on sales.

The inside dimensions of the display cases are 69” H x 21” W x 19” D. Artwork must work well within the limits of the display case. The hanging systems allowed limit weight of hanging art to 16 pounds.

Budget: A $100 prize for Best of Show for the Year will be awarded near the end of 2022 based on jury evaluation of all of the pieces selected and displayed during the year.

Deadline: 10/31/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must reside in Colorado.

Special Notes: There is a $10.00 entry fee for this call.

Art work selected in 2021 will be on display for one of four three-month periods in 2022. The time slots to be scheduled are January 1 through March 31, April 1 through June 30, July 1 through September 30, and October 1 through December 31.

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Iconic Artwork in LGBTQ+ Welcoming Building

Rochester, New York

Summary: We seek applications by October 31 for an iconic work of art that represents, welcomes, or supports the LGBTQ+ community in some way, and we encourage artists to think expansively about the space, utilizing the wall, ceiling, and ground. The resulting commission should be bold, eye-catching, thoughtful, and engaging both day and night.

Budget: Up to $45,000

Deadline: 10/31/21

How to apply: email or file sharing, see link below

Eligibility Requirements: This opportunity is open to artists and artists teams of all disciplines who have completed other public commissions of a similar scale.

Special Notes: Step 1: Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process to select up to four (4) finalist artist(s) or artist team(s) who will be invited to develop a full Proposal.

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Bankers Life Fieldhouse Art Program

Project Head (H3)

Summary: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana seeks artists for purchase, license, and commission opportunities for its renovated facility. Part of the renovation includes the solicitation and commissioning of artwork for the new Key Bank Suites level, as well as the Main Concourse and the Balcony levels. The artwork program’s intention is to tell key stories about Indiana basketball, Indianapolis, the Pacers and the Fever, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Budget: Depending on the project, budget will cover purchase fee, license fee, transportation/shipping, framing, materials, travel and lodging, installation, artist design fee, and artist labor

Deadline: 10/31/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Artists participating in this program must have a strong connection to Indiana, in one or more of the following ways:

Special Notes: Approaches that include original, mixed media artworks with limited (less than 3” depth) 3D elements may be acceptable for some locations. Other locations may be able to accommodate elements up to 5” depth. However, this is not primarily a sculptural opportunity.

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