Call for Artists: Sculpture Opportunities April 2018

April Showers Sculptors with Opportunities with these Call for Artists

16 different chances for sculptors to exhibit their work or receive commissions. Some are art on loan programs, others are public art commissions. Some are national searches, others are regional, so be sure to read for details to find the right opportunity for you.

MLK Jr. Dr. I-20 Perforated Fence

Atlanta, Georgia

Summary: The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs invites architects, artists and designers to submit qualifications for the design, production and installation of laser cut metal fence to be installed on MLK, Jr Drive underneath the I-20 overpass. The artwork will be part of the 7.2 mile east-west corridor that connects points of interest such as the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, the Atlanta University Center, the Atlanta BeltLine, Westview Cemetery, and several MARTA bus stops.

The City of Atlanta is seeking applicants who are architects, designers or artists with portfolios that demonstrate professional experience designing, fabricating, and installing contemporary fencing.

Budget: $600,000

Deadline: 4/2/18

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions provided

Special Notes: Photos, drawings and the RFQ can be viewed at

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Liberty, Missouri Sculpture Program

Art on Loan

Summary: Liberty’s Public Art Sculpture Program is in its second year and is a way to expand a permanent collection of public art by featuring additional pieces that would be on display for a limited period of time. Additional locations for sculptures will be added each year. Up to Six sculptures will be selected for installation in 2018. All work entered must be freestanding and resilient to variant temperatures and outdoor elements as it will be displayed outdoors for long-term public display.

Budget: Selected artists will receive a $2,000 honorarium as well as public recognition and an opportunity for sales. The City of Liberty has the option to purchase at least one piece of art from the art pieces on display each cycle, which would become a part of the City’s permanent art collection. The purchase price may be up to $5,000 less the honorarium.

Deadline: April 2, 2018, 5pm

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: The Liberty Public Art Sculpture Program is open to all artists regardless of location and who are at least 18 years of age.

Special Notes: The sculptures selected will be on display on or before July 17, 2018 until July 17, 2019

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Lone Tree Public Art Call

Lone Tree, Colorado

Summary: Art on Loan Program with installation tentatively May 2018

Budget: $1,600

Deadline: 4/4/18, 5pm

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: open to artists and/or artist teams over 18 years of age

Special Notes: By submitting artwork, the artist agrees that their work will be exhibited outside at the Lone Tree Art Center.

  • Artist information will be provided so works have the chance to be purchased by an individual or business, but the work must remain on display throughout the program year.
  • At the end of the program year, the LTAC has first right to purchase a sculpture for a permanent display, if they so choose.

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9-11 Memorial

Pompano Beach, Florida

Summary: The City of Pompano Beach’s Fire Department has acquired a piece of steel from the World Trade Center for use in a memorial for the 343 first responders that died saving lives on September 11, 2001. The City will commission an artist to integrate the piece of steel into an artistic memorial.

Budget: $20,000

Deadline: 4/5/18

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions provided

The artifact itself must be displayed as part of a greater memorial and not as a trophy item. Visitors must be able to touch the exposed steel and connect with the tragic loss of that terrible day. The numbers “343”, representing the 343 first responding firefighters that died that day saving the lives of others, must be placed somewhere on the memorial. Listing the names of the first responders and their battalion are highly encouraged but are not required. If the artifact is cut, drilled or altered in a way that removes any portion of the artifact, the shavings or detached portion(s) must be returned to the 9-11 Foundation or proof of their respectful and permanent disposal must be provided.

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University of North Florida Skinner-Jones Hall Project

Jacksonville, Florida

Summary: The project’s Art Selection Committee, in coordination with the Architect, has selected a potential site for the placement of artwork. The Art Selection Committee is open to commissioning site-specific work and/or purchasing existing artwork. The Committee strongly encourages submissions that relate to field of engineering and/or construction in a non-gender biased manner.

Budget: $44,000

Deadline: 4/6/18

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: This Call to Artists is open to professional artists or designers, age 18 or over, who are eligible to work in the United States.

Special Notes:

A current professional resume, emphasizing public art experience, public collections and public commissions. Resumes should illustrate that the artist has met at least two (2) of the following:

  •     The artist has completed public commissions similar in budget to the proposed project;
  •     The artist’s works are included in major public, private, corporate or museum collections;
  •     The artist has received awards, grants or fellowships;
  •     The artist has had a one-person exhibition in a museum within the past five years.

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Sculpture Wake Forest 2018

Wake Forest, North Carolina

Summary: Experienced artists and artist teams are invited to apply for Sculpture Wake Forest, a juried outdoor sculpture exhibition that will be on view from July 2018 through June 2019 in publicly accessible outdoor spaces in Wake Forest, North Carolina, including the town hall plaza, the Renaissance Centre and selected Wake Forest parks. This invitation is extended to all artists regardless of their state of residence and there is no entry fee. Interactive work, pieces of or about the environment, and artistic seating elements are encouraged. In addition to finished pieces, proposed work will also be considered.

Budget: $2,000

Deadline: 4/9/18

How to apply: Mail, email, or file sharing. See link below for details

Eligibility Requirements: Open to all artists creating three-dimensional artwork of a scale and material suitable for outdoor display. Participating artists must carry liability insurance

Special Notes: installation July 2018

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Salt Lake County Draper Recreation Center

Draper, Utah

Summary: insert

Budget: $156,000

Deadline: 4/12/18 (logged in and stamped received)

Question Submission Deadline – April 4, 2018
Phase I – Qualifications Proposal Due – April 12, 2018
Committee Meeting to Review Qualifications – April 25, 2018

How to apply: by mail–allow ample time for mail and processing, see link below for details

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions provided

Special Notes: The artwork selected for this project should address one or more of the following
• Be interactive allowing the opportunity for children to climb, play and explore
• Contain the materials and form that visually depict; the nearby Wasatch
Mountain Canyons natural environment, recreational environment and
• Reflect the spirit of recreation
• Integrate with the Architects landscape design
• Fit the scale of the identified project site (Exhibit B)
• Be aesthetically compatible with the buildings architecture
• Be a sustainable work of art
• The work must be able to hold up and be easily maintained in a public setting
It is the intent of the County to enter into a contract with an Artist or Artist Team
for this site to assure the project requirements are met, to assure the best value
for the project, to assure the project budget is not exceeded, to expedite the
project to completion and to encourage a unified approach by all members of the
project team.

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Danny Woo Art Wall Request for Qualifications

Seattle, Washington

Summary: InterIm Community Development Association and the Danny Woo Art Wall Steering Committee invites visual artists to submit qualifications to develop a site integrated, community-based public art piece to be located on the retaining wall along the north side of S. Main Street outside the Danny Woo Community Garden entrance at 620 S. Main Street Seattle, WA 98104. The art piece will be installed on a concrete retaining wall, which is divided into “panels” with steel beams. The art piece should extend at least 10 panels long. This project has the potential to extend and connect to a larger project, as part of the activation and beautification of the I-5 underpass at Jackson St and 8th Ave. Examples include and are not limited to: 3D installation, tile mosaic, semi-permanent mural.

Budget: $15,000

Deadline: 4/13/18

How to apply: by email, see link below for more details

Eligibility Requirements: meet the following qualifications:
– Demonstrated experience with public art.
– Aesthetic excellence in the design and execution of completed projects.
– Ability to design, fabricate, install and/or oversee the fabrication and installation of commissioned work.
– Consider the physical constraints of the site, installation permitting requirements, and resistance to vandalism.
– Ability to apply a racial justice lens and an understanding of cultural and historical context of the Nihonmachi/Chinatown International District to the process and final product.
– Engage community at least in the conceptual phase of the design.
– Ability to work with an existing steering committee comprised of community stakeholders.

Special Notes: This is a request for qualifications. No specific proposals for artwork will be accepted at this time

Additional Resources

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2018 Old Town Keller Rotating Sculpture Program

Keller, Texas

Summary: insert

Budget: $1,250 (A $1,250 honorarium shall be awarded for each of six pieces for the installation, exhibition and removal of the artwork for a two-year period.)

Deadline: 4/13/18

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: Artists must reside in Texas

Special Notes:

  • Base must fit on 5’x5’ concrete pad.
  • Max Height of 12’
  • Max Weight 2,500 pounds
  • Sculpture must be ready for installation no later than June 1, 2018 (exact installation date shall be coordinated with City of Keller staff).

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Tacoma Town Center

Tacoma, Washington


The City of Tacoma’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality, in partnership with North America Asset Management Group, LLC (NAAM), is seeking an artist or artist team to participate as a lead artist on the design team and contribute art and design ideas for public spaces at the Tacoma Town Center complex. Spaces include but are not limited to the Fawcett Avenue thoroughfare, prominent corner of South 21st Street and Jefferson Avenue, and other streetscape improvements. In addition, the artist or artist team will create a signature piece of artwork for the site.

The lead artist or artist team will be encouraged to explore opportunities to enliven the Town Center’s public spaces through art and design and add to the growing outdoor art experiences in and around the Prairie Line Trail, Museum District, University of Washington – Tacoma campus, Greater Tacoma Convention Center, and Brewery District.

Additional funds will be available to commission Tacoma artists to create discrete and/or integrated artworks for the site. The lead artist or artist team will assist in determining potential locations and opportunities for these additional artworks and will participate on the artist selection panel.

Budget: $295,000

Deadline: 4/15/18

How to apply: Submittable

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant(s) must live in Washington State or Oregon State.
  • Applicant(s) can apply as a single artist or as an artist team.
  • Applicant(s) must be 18 years or older and not a full-time student.
  • Applicant(s) must be a professional artist.
  • Applicant(s) cannot be a member of the Tacoma Arts Commission, an employee of the City of Tacoma, or an employee of NAAM.

Special Notes: You can see the full RFQ here

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State Archives – Utah Public Art Program

Salt Lake City, Utah

Summary: Request for qualifications from artists and/or artist teams residing in the Western United States interested in creating site specific artwork(s) for the new expansion project of the Utah State Archives facility in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Budget: $25,000

Deadline: 4/16/18

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: This project is open to resident American and legal resident artists / artist teams residing in the Western United States to include: Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming.

Special Notes: Artists may also mail a thumbdrive, see link below for details

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Prospectus #245 Center for Recreational Excellence

Hobbs, New Mexico


The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee (LSC) for the Center of Recreational Excellence (CORE) in Hobbs, New Mexico seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commission project to be situated outside the main entrance of the recreational facility. Kinetic and light responsive projects are encouraged, especially those responding to the use of the recreational center, as well as its larger function in the City of Hobbs, and Lea County as a whole. The LSC is interested in commissioning a work that speaks to ideas of energy, movement, transformation, and community. The LSC would like the artist/artist team to consider the abundant energy sources that sustain the Lea County area. The artist/artist team should consider the viewer experiencing the artwork from inside the CORE facility as well as outside and draw people in from multiple vantage points. Artists are encouraged to explore designs inspired by interactive works and to use the work as a way to promote recreational excellence.

Media must be durable enough to sustain an 80 mph wind load, low maintenance, permanent, safe for both children and adults, and be ADA compliant. At the selected artist’s expense the artwork may require certification by an electrical, civil and/or structural engineer licensed to practice in the State of New Mexico, and review by a professional fine art conservator.

Budget: $250,000

Deadline: 4/16/18, 4pm Mountain Time

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions listed

Special Notes:

Up to five finalists will be invited to submit a formal proposal for the projects.  Finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium for a written proposal and a maquette of the proposed artwork. One site visit will be required of each finalist to include a personal presentation of the artwork proposal to the Local Selection Committee. All maquettes, samples and written proposals will become the property of New Mexico Junior College.

Additionally, each finalist/team will receive a travel stipend based on mapped mileage according to the following schedule:

$250 for travel and lodging between 50 – 300 miles one-way.

$450 for travel and lodging between 301 – 800 miles one-way.

$900 for travel and lodging 801 miles and over one-way.

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Scottsdale Public Art Fire Station 603

Scottsdale, Arizona

Summary: Scottsdale Public Art is accepting qualifications from artists for a public art opportunity for Fire Station 603, to be located on 8191 E. Indian Bend Road between Hayden Road and Pima Road in Scottsdale. The selected artist will create a design for a Terrazzo floor and/or artistic glass treatment to be installed in the lobby and entrance corridor of the new fire station.

Budget: $45,000

Deadline: 4/18/18

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: All artists residing in the state of Arizona are eligible to apply

Special Notes:

Artists and graphic designers working in 2D media or who have experience creating a design for Terrazzo flooring are encouraged to apply. Terrazzo is a highly durable and sustainable flooring material made of colored resin and aggregate. Water jet-cut aluminum shapes and dividers can be included in the floor to enhance the design. For more info on artist-designed Terrazzo floors, you may visit the web site for the Western States Terrazzo Association:

Different options for enhancing glass are exterior film, interlayer film, etching, or stained glass.

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2018-19 Downtown Sculpture Gallery

Auburn, Washington

Summary: The City of Auburn invites sculptors to submit applications for Auburn’s Downtown Sculpture Gallery. The works selected for this public art exhibition will be on loan to the City for a period of twelve months (12) and can be available for sale during that time.

Budget: Each selected artist will receive a $1,000 stipend. At the conclusion of the exhibition a sculpture from the exhibition may be purchased for inclusion in the City of Auburn’s permanent collection. The purchase budget is $10,000.

Deadline: 4/19/18

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: Open to work by professional artists or artist teams living or working in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Montana)

Special Notes: Applicants may submit up to ten sculptures for consideration.

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Asheville Visiting Artist Program

Asheville, North Carolina

Summary: The City of Asheville is requesting proposals + qualifications from artists or artist teams for the recently initiated Visiting Artist Program by the City and it’s Public Art & Cultural Commission (PACC).

Budget: Once a final artist or team is selected their budget for this project is $50,000 on a turnkey basis.  The budget includes all costs:  i.e., proposals, materials, the hiring of engineers/ inspectors, fabrication, installation, artist commission and travel.  The finalist or finalist team will be required to invoice the city for payments needed. Disbursements will be agreed upon as part of the contracting process. Additional partner funding of up to $10,000 is being sought to enhance community engagement initiatives.

Deadline: 4/27/18, 5pm

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: This is a nation-wide call which is also open to all qualified local artists/artist teams to submit qualifications

Special Notes:

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2018 Art2C on Havana

Aurora, Colorado

Summary: The City of Aurora Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) and the On Havana Business Improvement District (Havana BID) are looking for outdoor sculpture to be considered for an exhibition on Havana Street in Aurora, CO, for one year. The exhibit is scheduled to open in October, 2018. Selected artists should anticipate installing their artwork in the first week of October.

Budget: Exhibiting artists will be paid a $1,000 stipend for the transportation, installation and de-installation of their artwork.

The Havana BID is providing funds for cash awards in the following amounts:
1st Place: $1,250
2nd Place: $750
3rd Place: $500

Sculptures may be purchased from the Art 2C on Havana exhibit and will be advertised as such. Aurora AIPP may purchase sculpture from the exhibit to be added to the City’s public art collection.

Deadline: 4/29/18

How to apply: via

Eligibility Requirements: This is a regional call for the following states: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas and Nebraska.

Special Notes: Selected artists should expect to install their artwork by the first week of October, 2018.

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