Call for Artists Ring Out 2019

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6 more opportunities for sculptors round out the year. Finish 2019 with a new commission or apply for a show or residency!


There are still a few active Call for Artists in our last post. Click here to see those calls and scroll to the bottom (we do our best to put them in chronological order within each post.)


University of Oregon, University Health, Counseling, and Testing Center

Eugene , Oregon

Summary: The request is to commission artworks or purchase preexisting artworks in some or all of the proposed installation locations. Works of art should contribute to a safe and welcoming environment for students, visitors and the University community. The University Health Counseling and Testing Center (UHCTC) functions as the primary resource for health and wellness resources on the University of Oregon campus. Artwork proposals should reinforce the sense of mission. Budget $70,000.00 is allocated to commission a work or works of art or to purchase preexisting work or works of art for the designated installation sites within the University Health Counseling and Testing Center (UHCTC).

Budget: $70,000.00

Deadline: 12/30/19

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This is an open call

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


Bogue Chitto State Park Kids Trail

Franklinton, Louisiana

Summary: The Kids Trail at Bogue Chitto State Park will serve to connect children and families to nature through environmental education and recreation featuring entertaining hands-on outdoor discovery experiences such as: a pollinator attracting sensory garden, an animal Olympics, a swinging bridge, and a hardwood creative play area. Each of these activities center around a specific point along the trail, and each will be associated with one or more native animal species including but not limited to the butterfly, fox, squirrel, bat, turtle, black bear, mole, heron, snake, and alligator.

Animal themed sculptures or sculptural installations will become integral components at each of these points along the Kids Trail that performs such functions as: interpreting its themes, providing hands-on experiences, or expressively representing the abundant fauna of Bogue Chitto.

Budget: $122,000

Deadline: 12/31/19, 10:59PM CT

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This commission is open to professional artists 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability with a minimum of five (5) years of professional visual art experience

Special Notes: One or more artists or artist teams may be selected for consideration to design and implement approximately six (6) exterior, site-specific sculptures or installations of original design. Existing artwork will also be reviewed for consideration.

Full proposal are not required at this time. Please specify in your artist’s statement whether you wish to be considered to produce a site-specific work, have existing artwork available for consideration, or both.

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RFQ Campbell Community Center

Eugene, Oregon

Summary: Campbell Community Center opened in 1964, making it one of the oldest senior centers on the West Coast. Campbell has between 250-300 people come through its doors every day, and Eugene Rec offers classes, activities, weekly social groups, presentations, support groups and special events for area adults and seniors. The lobby is a popular meeting place along the beautiful Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System in Skinner Butte Park.

Suggested Goals and themes for artwork

  • Creating a visual draw from street to entryway 
  • Fostering a welcoming, accessible and inclusive environment
  • Reflecting on the history of the site
  • Celebrating oral traditions and narratives
  • Responding to the natural environment 
  • Celebrating life and aging

Budget: $66,000

Deadline: 12/31/19

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This commission is open to all professional artists, who are located and working within Oregon.

Special Notes: Applicants must demonstrate the ability to create a permanent, public artwork.  Applicants should have previous experience serving as a principle artist on a public commission with an art budget of at least $10,000. 

The three finalists chosen to create site-specific proposals will each be issued a formal Request for Proposals containing additional project details and proposal requirements.

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RFQ Echo Hollow Pool

Eugene, Oregon

Summary: Echo Hollow Pool opened its doors to the Eugene community in 1969 and has served as an important asset since. Approximately 89,000 people of all ages use the facility annually for a wide variety of activities that include swim lessons, aquatic aerobics, lap swim training and regional swim competitions

Budget: $88,000

Deadline: 12/31/19

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This commission is open to all professional artists, who are located and working within Oregon.

Special Notes: Applicants should have previous experience serving as a principle artist on a public commission with an art budget of at least $10,000. 

After reviewing all submissions, the Selection Committee will invite 3 Finalists to create site-specific proposals.  Initial submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

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20th Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Lakeland, Florida

Summary: The City of Lakeland, Florida, in cooperation with the Polk Museum of Art, is accepting submissions from sculptors to participate in The 20th Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Submitted sculptures will be juried by representatives from the City of Lakeland, the Polk Museum of Art, and members of the local art community. The top-scoring sculptures will be selected for a one-year exhibition in downtown Lakeland, Florida. Sculptures will be on loan from February 2020 through February 2021.

Budget: Each artist selected for the exhibition will receive a $1,500 honorarium to cover transportation, installation, and de-installation of the sculpture, and all incidental expenses involved.

Deadline: 12/31/19

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This call for entries is open to all sculptors working in North America.

Special Notes: There is an entry fee of $25 for this call.

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Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence Open Call for 2020

Bar Harbor, Maine

Summary: The Artist-in-Residence program encourages accomplished, professional artists to create fresh and innovative new ways for visitors to experience Acadia through the arts.

In exchange for 14 nights in park-provided housing over a residency year, participants are asked to host a public outreach activity with park visitors, and to donate within another calendar year one finished work of art that depicts a new perspective of Acadia for visitors that’s drawn from their own experience. Pieces donated to the program collection are included in a permanent online catalog on the park website, and displayed seasonally in public spaces within the park, surrounding communities, and beyond.

Budget: n/a

Deadline: 12/31/19

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: this is an open call

Special Notes: A required application fee of $25 directly benefits program operational costs, such as participant housing, supplies for public display spaces, and staffing assistance with public outreach activities.

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

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