Call for Artists thru Aug 31

6 call for artists with deadlines August 21-31 2021, several of these are opportunities for multiple sculptors.

Be sure to also check out our previous post for calls with deadlines earlier in August.

TEMPOart Request for Qualifications

Portland, Maine

Summary: TEMPOart commissions temporary public art and hosts projects and events in Portland, ME, that are free, open, and inclusive of all. We seek work that will be a catalyst to connect communities and inspire meaningful thought and conversation on timely issues.

Budget: TEMPOart seeks artists, architects, designers, and landscape architects to design and realize a temporary outdoor public work of art to begin in June 2022. The maximum budget is $25,000 (inclusive of artist fees and any associated travel). 

Deadline: 8/28/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: TEMPO welcomes participation in celebration of differences related to gender expression and identity, culture, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, learning style, religion, occupation, nationality, immigration status, and socio-economic status. 

Special Notes: TEMPOart’s work is to support temporary public art. This means that installations can be available publicly for up to two (2) years. 

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Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Public Art Project

Denver, Colorado

Summary: The City of Denver’s Public Art Program seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create an original public artwork, or series of artworks, for the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library located at 2401 Welton St., in the Five Points neighborhood of Denver, CO. Artworks could be created using diverse media including, but not limited to, paint, sculpture, and mosaic applications. Works that are engaging and help to tell the story of the library, neighborhood and surrounding communities are encouraged. The selection panel is open to artwork in all media and materials that are suitable for indoor display.

Budget: $20,000

Deadline: 8/30/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This project is open to artists that reside in the state of Colorado. We are committed to building a public art collection that represents a broad diversity of artists based on race, color, creed, gender identity,  sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical disability. The selection panel is especially interested in artists who can demonstrate a deep understanding of the library’s mission, the neighborhood, and the area’s history and urban landscape, as well as creating work(s) in context with current social and cultural events.

Special Notes: Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. The applicant’s name must appear on all materials submitted.

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Prospectus #264 BIPOC Artists Purchase Initiative

Santa Fe, New Mexico


The Art in Public Places Program enriches New Mexico’s public spaces through an innovative and diverse public art collection. Since 1986, the program has placed more than 3,000 works of art in all of New Mexico’s 33 counties. Our goal is to reflect the diversity of the arts in New Mexico, the Southwest, and the nation while building a dynamic public art collection for the State of New Mexico.

Through a fair and open public process, New Mexico Arts facilitates the sale of artwork for public spaces with purchase initiatives, site-specific commission projects, artwork loans, and temporary installations that offer in-depth community engagement and artist development.

Budget: Artwork price range must be $1,000-$50,000 all inclusive.

Deadline: 8/30/21, midnight Mountain

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This project is open to artists who reside in and galleries that are located in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas, special consideration shall be given for BIPOC artists. Galleries may submit qualifications on behalf of any artists represented by the gallery, regardless of the artist’s residency.

Special Notes: The goal of the BIPOC Purchase Initiative is to increase the participation of BIPOC artists in the Art in Public Places Program and to diversify the state’s public art collection by purchasing artwork by diverse artists in all stages of their careers. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss how their cultural background and/or experiences influence their artmaking practice. New Mexico Arts seeks to promote and build a public art collection that is reflective of the diversity among contemporary Southwest artists. The opportunity is open to all Southwest artists at all stages of their career, special consideration shall be given for artists that identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).  All media in all genres, suitable for interior and exterior display will be considered for purchase. Artwork must be durable, permanent, low-maintenance, and in compliance with ADA guidelines upon installation.

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Carmel Library

Carmel, Indiana

Summary: The Carmel Clay Public Library invites public artists to apply for an opportunity to design and fabricate public artwork for the Youth Services/Kids area of the newly remodeled Main Library.

The library is looking for a visionary artist to help shape the environment of the library’s Youth Services/Kids area. The library has commissioned a collection of bronze animal sculptures for the entry to this area with an animal representing each continent. In keeping with this concept, the library is seeking an artist to create related art on the wall behind the bronze figures as well as a 360-degree mural over the service desk bulkhead that emphasize a global/international perspective. The library is open to additional creative thematic input from the artist.

Budget: Up to $60,000

Deadline: 8/31/21

How to apply: electronically via Dropbox, see link below for details

Eligibility Requirements: Open to individual artists or teams. Strong candidates will have experience in working with libraries or public institutions.

Special Notes: Two major art opportunities are available in this space. The library has commissioned seven bronze sculptures of animals in the entry way to the Youth Services/Kids area. The entry wall behind the sculptures and the service desk bulkhead in particular lend themselves to 2D artistic opportunities, but the library is open to 3D options as well.

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Rbhu Gives Back

Berkeley, California

Summary: Apply for a chance to get up to $15,000 pro-bono engineering services for artists in need.

Budget: up to $15,000 (in engineering services)

Deadline: 8/31/21

How to apply:

Eligibility Requirements: Any artist that has a project that needs engineering.

Special Notes: Winners with be selected by October 18th.

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35th Annual Sculpture Celebration, Caldwell Arts Council

Lenoir, North Carolina

Summary: Sculptors – bring 3 pieces to enter this annual competition for $11,000 in cash awards, judged this year by Elizabeth Brim. Additional opportunity for participants to have works considered for a one-year installation in the Western NC Sculpture Center & Park sales gallery. Early registration discounts available.

Budget: n/a

Deadline: the event is September 11, 2021 9am-4pm

How to apply: Register thru their website using Google Doc form

Eligibility Requirements: none noted

Special Notes: there is a fee to register with discounts for early registration. Sept 9 is last discount.

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