December 2018 Call for Artists

19 Call for Artists Close Out 2018

This has been a great year, filled with sculpture opportunities around the globe. This month is no exception.

Following are 19 different opportunities for sculptors. These projects range from exhibitions, to art-on-loan programs, artist in residency positions, and commissions.

Look through, find the right call for you. And let us know if you apply and how it goes. We’d love to share your success stories!

Trades District Public Art: RFQ

Bloomington, Indiana

Summary: The City of Bloomington through the Bloomington Community Arts Commission seeks an artist or artist team to create a signature artwork for its downtown Trades District.

This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) does not require artists to submit actual design drawings. However, each artist or artist/team is required to include a separate one-page description outlining their conceptual and material approach to the project. A selection panel will review qualifications, including letter of interest, conceptual and material approach to the project, resume/vitae, images of past work, image list, and names of three references.

Through interviews and review of work submitted, a selection panel shall choose up to three finalists to recommend for the Trades District. The finalists will each be asked to provide further detailed drawings, renderings and or models of a proposed concept and will be compensated with an $1,000 honorarium.

Budget: $80,000

Deadline: 12/6/18

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

Eligibility Requirements: All professional visual artists, designers, and architects, 18 and over, are invited to submit qualifications. One of the City’s objectives for the One Percent for the Arts Program is to encourage artists new to the public art process to consider this opportunity

Special Notes: Artwork Goals
The artwork must be durable, low maintenance, appropriate to the site, and able to weather Bloomington’s four-season climate. The artwork may not contain mechanical water features. The artist/artist team should take into consideration the high amount of pedestrian viewership from within the site. No expectation should be made that it will be kept secure – design and fabrication must take into account the likelihood of unsupervised viewer interaction

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ITSLIQUID International Contest – 6th Edition 2018

Project Head (H3)

Summary: ITSLIQUID Contest is developed in partnership with a professional jury, composed by renowned curators, gallerists, architects, fashion designers, high level experts and important professionals of the Art, Architecture, Design and Fashion Worlds and with our media partner Project Baikal

Budget: 100,000.00 euros

Deadline: December 09, 2018

How to apply: CaFÉ™

Eligibility Requirements: this is an open call

Special Notes: Download the official Contest rules and choose your Submission plan according to the number of works you want to submit 

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Houston Arts Alliance & Caydon USA – Atrium, Hallway, & Garage Artworks

Houston, Texas

Summary: Caydon seeks 54 hallway artworks, one garage mural, and one hanging atrium artwork for a brand new residential and retail development at 2850 Fannin Street.


The total budget for the acquisition and display of all the project artworks is $140,000, broken-down as follows.

  • $55,000: 54 artworks for hallways ($800 per artwork)
  • $5,000: One garage mural
  • $80,000: One hanging artwork for the atrium

Deadline: Deadline has been extended to Dec. 12, 2018

How to apply: Submittable

Eligibility Requirements: Houston area artists. Artists outside the Houston area may be invited to apply.

Special Notes: If you have questions, please submit them by email by Monday, December 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CST to

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ABQ Fire Rescue Fire Station 9

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Summary: The Albuquerque Fire 9 Art Selection Committee seeks an artist and/or artist team to join the project’s design team, which consist of the Albuquerque Fire Rescue, architects from Vigil and Associates, and project coordination with the City’s Department of Municipal Development.

Working with the Fire Station 9 design team, the selected artist/artists team will be responsible for developing, incorporating and implementing Public Artwork at the AFR Fire Station 9.  Fire  Station 9 will be located near the corner of Menaul Blvd and Eubank Blvd. NE, and is currently in contract document design phase.

Budget: A maximum of $100,000.00 is available from the Albuquerque Public Art program for the selected artist or artists’ team (All travel and lodging, equipment rental, supplies and fabrication for the final design and commission will be responsibility of the artist/artists team).  $20,000 of the maximum fee will be used to place the selected artist/artists team under a design contract to work with the City and the Fire Station 9 Design Team in developing the new Fire Station 9 and public art work.  The remaining $80,000 is available to the selected artist to design, fabricate, transport and install the work(s).

Deadline: Dec. 12, 2018, 4:00pm Mountain Time

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This is a Regional open competition, Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for all artists and/or artist teams residing in New Mexico, who are at least 18 years of age.

Special Notes: DO NOT SUBMIT A PROPOSED DESIGN, as they will not be shown to the committee. This is a Request for Qualifications based on artistic style and approach. Finalists will be selected based upon the discretion of the Art Selection Committee.

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Chicago Veterans’ Home

Chicago, Illinois

Summary: The Art-in-Architecture Program of the Capital Development Board is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to Illinois professional artists to create permanent original public art for the Chicago Veterans’ Home in Chicago, Illinois.

Budget: $280,000

Deadline: 12/14/18

How to apply: mail, hand delivery, or email (see link below for details)

Eligibility Requirements: This public art commission is open to all professional artists, artisans, or artist-led teams that live and work in the state of Illinois.

Special Notes: This is part of the Illinois Art-in-Architecture Program

The budget for the project is $280,000. It is broken down as eight households at $35,000 per household.No less than three artists/teams will be selected from the pool of eligible artists/teams and paid a fee of $3,000 each to develop and present site specific proposals.

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2019 Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition

Penticton, Canada

Summary: Penticton’s Public Sculpture Exhibition is a year-long outdoor exhibit of original sculptures. The sculptures are owned by the artists and leased by the City of Penticton for one year for public enjoyment. The sculptures are displayed along the Okanagan Lake waterfront, downtown and in the Front Street roundabout

Budget: Artists will be paid a set lease price of $2,600 for the waterfront/downtown sculptures

Deadline: Dec. 14, 2018 4:00pm Pacific

How to apply: online

Eligibility Requirements: Applications are open to all artists – local, national or international, professional and amateur

Special Notes: insert

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City of Penticton/Valley First Permanent Outdoor Sculpture

Penticton, Canada

Summary: The City of Penticton and Valley First are hoping to install a new, permanent outdoor sculpture in front of the Valley First at 184 Main St.

Budget: $30,000

Deadline: Dec. 14, 2018 4:00pm Pacific

How to apply: Please note that applications for the City of Penticton/Valley First Permanent Outdoor Sculpture must be submitted via email to:

Eligibility Requirements: The city has issued a call for artists – local, national or international – to submit either completed sculptures or proposed designs for consideration. Proposed designs must include examples of previous work, as well as detailed drawings.

Special Notes: installation taking place May 3, 2019

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Fresh Cuts- the art of papercraft

Traverse City, MI

Summary: The Crooked Tree Arts Center, in Traverse City, Michigan, is now accepting submissions for the exhibition FRESH CUTS: the art of papercraft. The call is open to all United States residents, 18 and older. Original works of art exploring traditional crafts of papercutting and related paper arts are eligible. We are looking for outstanding examples of papercuts, paper sculpture, collage, and more.

Budget: n/a

Deadline: 12/14/18

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: The call is open to all U.S. residents, 18 years and older.

Special Notes: Entry Fee $35.00

  • The Opening Reception is Saturday, January 12, 2019, 2 – 4 p.m.
  • The FRESH CUTS exhibition closes on: Saturday, February 16, 2019

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Cultural Arts Center Significant Sculpture

Pompano Beach, Florida

Summary: The City of Pompano Beach will commission an artist/artist team for the design and installation of a significant sculpture that will be located at the Pompano Beach Cultural Arts Center. The sculpture should enhance the architecture of the Cultural Arts Center building.

The location for the sculpture is the North Entrance of the Cultural Arts Center on Atlantic Blvd., 50 W Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. The artwork concrete slab must not exceed 20 feet by 15 feet.

Budget: $97,000

Deadline: 12/19/18

How to apply: CaFÉ™

Eligibility Requirements: The project is open to all professional artists nationwide.

Special Notes:


The commissioned artwork will be a sculpture of significant size. Integrated lighting is preferred. An interactive sculpture is optional. The sculpture should enhance the architecture of the building. It should be abstract and not literal. The sculpture should be a standalone work of art and visible from Atlantic Blvd. It should be contemporary and non-representational due to the narrative of the Cultural Center.

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Weeks Hall Renovation

Lubbock, Texas

Summary: The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the historic Weeks Hall, located at the Texas Tech University main campus entrance (2508 Broadway) in Lubbock, TX. Renovation of the facility will be completed by May 2020.

Budget: $236,000

Deadline: 12/20/18, 3:00pm Central Time

How to apply:

Eligibility Requirements: This call is open to all professional artists

Special Notes:

Ideal submissions can incorporate kinetic elements and/or the written word into the piece. This piece will be outdoors and available to the community. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist will have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project.

Among relevant concepts to consider are collaboration, inquiry, curiosity, inclusivity, and the history of the university. This facility will be home to many different departments, so public art needs to have a broad appeal. Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided. Artists should attempt to create a design that speaks to the diversity of the departments that will utilize this building, as well as the students that attend Texas Tech University

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Tech Studio Art Installation

Boston, Massachusetts


This installation will be part of a new gallery for family audiences with a special focus on girls and women. The exhibition intent is Messages: I can have fun creating solutions like an engineer. Engineering is an iterative process I can use to solve problems.

Educational Goals: 1. Visitors will practice creating solutions using engineering skills of iteration, problem decomposition, and creativity. 2. Visitors will recognize that they used these three skills in the exhibit, that engineers and computer scientists use them, and that they can be used to solve a wide variety of problems. 3. Visitors will recognize and experience the creativity that is part of the work of engineering and computer science.

Budget: $100,000 (Determination of exact budget is in process.)

Deadline: 12/20/18

How to apply: Digitally (see link below)

Eligibility Requirements: US Resident

Special Notes: Museum staff will create a short list. Short list artist will receive a Request for Proposal

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Monarch Migration Walk

Riverside, Missouri

Summary: Artwork Goals
1) Raise awareness of this area as important for Monarch migration and educate about the necessity of pollinators for the health of our environment.
2) Create a “Monarch Migration Walk” along the Line Creek Trail that draws pedestrians and bicyclists into E.H. Young Riverfront Park and from the Park to explore the trail.
3) Increase visitation to the City of Riverside by bringing artistic interest to and beautification of the City and creating a unique educational attraction.

Budget: $45,000, The City will provide $15,000 for the purchase of each piece of art. Payment will be made once the art has been delivered and installed. We will select from 1-3 artists to provide the commissioned art for the 3 identified locations along the Line Creek Trail and in E.H. Young Riverfront Park.

Deadline: 12/21/18, 5:00pm Central Time

How to apply: online

Eligibility Requirements: Open to all artists 18 years of age and older. All entries must be original work. Emerging and professional artists are encouraged to apply.

Special Notes: sculpture must be free standing, suitable for permanent public display. Acceptable media include, but are not limited to bronze, stone, mosaic, wood, fiberglass, concrete, stainless steel, aluminum or other metals.

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Switchyard Park Public Art: Request for Qualifications

Bloomington, Indiana

Summary: The City of Bloomington through the Bloomington Community Arts Commission seeks an artist or artist team interested in creating a signature artwork for Switchyard Park in the area known as “The Platform.” The BAC is interested in a public artwork to be attached or installed, depending on design, on the west or east side exterior of the Splash Pad building.

Budget: $40,000

Deadline: 12/21/18, 5:00pm Central Time

How to apply: mail or email

Eligibility Requirements: All professional artists, designers, and architects, 18 and over, are invited to submit qualifications

Special Notes: Digital Submissions Preferred

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2019 Gates of the Arctic National Park Artist in Residence

Bettles, Alaska


The Artist in Residence program offers professional artists of all kinds the opportunity to pursue their art in the premier wilderness setting of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Writers, composers, two and three-dimensional visual artists, photographers, digital artists, filmmakers, and artisans are all encouraged to apply.

The residency lasts approximately two weeks. This includes several days in Bettles, Alaska to pack and prepare for the trip, eight days in the back country and then a few days for the artist to prepare and give a community program about their experience. The artist will accompany park staff on a working back country patrol in July, August or early September and will be expected to participate in the working aspects of the patrol. Patrols may accommodate the artist to a certain extent, but artists must be both physically fit enough to attempt such a journey and also possess the skills and experience for extended rigorous wilderness travel. On backpacking trips artists carry all of their own gear and supplies. Artists provide their own food and art supplies, and transportation to and from Bettles, Alaska. The park supplies air charter transportation into the park, two park staff as guides, back country gear, watercraft and associated equipment for float trips, back country and bear safety training, and bear resistant food containers. Pets are not allowed.

The artist agrees to contribute one piece of work/service/product (negotiable, depending on the art form) inspired by their residency in the park. Please indicate in the statement of intent what form this contribution would take. The artist also agrees to give a talk/program about their experience in the park a few days after their trip, at the Morris Thompson Cultural Center in Fairbanks, AK. The artist agrees to make available their photos taken of the park during the residency, for use by the NPS. Contributed works become park property and are placed on public display or performed within the community. Collaborative projects are considered as are programs that coordinate with local schools and organizations.

Budget: For the duration of their trip into the back country, Artists in Residence are classified as National Park Service Volunteers and will be paid a back country per diem of $25.00 per day to help offset the cost of meals, approx. $200.

Deadline: 12/31/18

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Selections will be made without regard to race, religion, gender, marital status, or age; however, applicants must possess the ability, skills and experience to fully participate in the back country patrol.

Special Notes: To get an idea of what kind of experience you can expect in the back country of Gates of the Arctic, it is highly recommended that applicants look over the trip planning material on the park website and also watch the Wilderness Travel video on our YouTube site

About The Park

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is one of the premier wilderness areas in the nation.  It encompasses 8.4 million acres of the Brooks Range above the Arctic Circle and includes tundra, boreal forest, mountains and six designated Wild Rivers.  There are no roads, trails or designated campsites in the park.  Cell phones do not work here and even satellite service is iffy at best.  Sometimes called a “black belt” wilderness, Gates of the Arctic offers a wilderness experience of solitude and self-reliance to visitors experienced in back country travel.  Access is primarily by small aircraft equipped with floats that land on rivers and small lakes.

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Acadia National Park Artist-in-Residence Open Call for 2019

Bar Harbor, Maine

Summary: The Artist-in-Residence program at Acadia National Park encourages accomplished, professional artists to create fresh and innovative new ways for visitors to experience the park through the arts. Selected artists travel to and take part in the program at their own expense at the invitation of the park superintendent. There is no stipend or support provided beyond park housing, and the possibility of collaborative opportunties with some park staff. Local transportation is not provided. Participants must possess a valid drivers license and personal vehicle. Paricipants are at liberty to use online fundraising campaigns to help cover travel and other costs associated with their residencies, but they may not brand, promote, or imply endorsement of such activities by the National Park Service, Acadia National Park, or the Artist-in-Residence program.

Budget: 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 a 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.

Deadline: 12/31/18

How to apply: CaFÉ™

Eligibility Requirements: none provided

Special Notes: An open call for online applications spans from October 1 through December 31, 2018. The process is open to all, but is highly selective based upon prior professional achievement and broader program goals to foster innovation, diversity, and relevance with new audiences. 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.

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19th Annual 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 19th 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 2019 through February 2020. Sculptures will be publicized and a People’s Choices Award will be given based on the voting of the community.

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: 12/31/18

How to apply: CaFÉ™

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

Special Notes: there is a nonrefundable applications fee of $25

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Sculpture Evergreen Walk 2019-2020

Evergeen, Colorado

Summary: Sculpture Evergreen has established a program of art acquisition that will beautify public buildings and open spaces in Evergeen, CO, located in the foothills west of Denver. Our mission is to encourage the expression and appreciation of art through education and other public activities and programs. A critical component of Sculpture Evergreen’s mission is the annual Sculpture Walk. This is a juried exhibition of up to 16 large sculptures suitable for OUTDOOR DISPLAY. These will be on display for one year, until June, 2020, with the possibility of a few being held over for an additional year (with artist’s permission.

Budget: A stipend of $700 will be awarded for each accepted sculpture. There is a Juried Award of $1000, and an award for People’s Choice voted upon by the public. There is a chance your sculpture will be purchased outright by one of the area’s many art patrons. Sculpture Evergreen receives a 25% commission on any sales occuring during the time the sculpture is included in the Walk. Since the inception of this competition, 35 pieces have been purchased for inclusion in Sculpture Evergreen’s permanent collection and many more have been purchased by individuals.

Deadline: 12/31/18

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions provided

Special Notes: There is a $30 application fee

Any free-standing sculpture must be at least 42” tall to be considered. Many of our sites demand larger sculptures, and pieces standing between 4-12 feet in height have the best chance of being chosen

For more information about Sculpture Evergreen, go to:

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Johnson City Public Art Committee Leased Art Program

Johnson City, Tennessee

Summary: The Public Art Committee of Johnson City, Tenn., is seeking pieces of leasable outdoor sculpture to be installed for two years in and around Founders Park and downtown Johnson City. Compensation to the selected artists will be provided by private donations.

Budget: Each artist whose work is chosen will receive a $2,000 stipend (per piece) as well as inclusion in a printed brochure, exposure on the city’s website, and other related media.

Deadline: 12/31/2018 5:00 PM Central Time

How to apply: Online

Eligibility Requirements: The exhibition is open to all artists, preferably professional sculptors, who are at least 18 years of age and reside in the United States.

Special Notes: Up to 14 scuptures will be chosen to be placed in Johnson City’s Founders Park and the surrounding downtown area for a two-year period beginng May 2019.

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LaunchPAD (Public Art Duo) Program

Austin, Texas


The LaunchPAD Program (PAD = Public Art Duo) provides an opportunity for local artists to gain technical and administrative expertise needed to compete within the field of public art while providing services benefiting a public art project. This program is meant to be a professional development opportunity for local artists interested in a career in public art.

When will a LaunchPAD Artist be included in a project?
It is a goal for each project with a budget over $200,000 to include a LaunchPAD Artist, as determined feasible by Art in Public Places (AIPP) staff and approved by the AIPP Panel and Arts Commission.

Budget: The LaunchPAD artist will be paid a flat fee of $15,000 per project, divided into milestone payments defined in the contract, which is inclusive of all time and project related costs including insurance; coordination, research, project assistance in the design, fabrication, coordination and installation of artworks; creation of final reports; and possible participation in artist talks or exhibition of work at the end of the project

Deadline: 12/31/2018

How to apply:

Eligibility Requirements: Mid-career and emerging professional visual artists who have resided in the Austin metro area, including Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet and Blanco counties, for a minimum of one (1) year, and who have a strong interest in gaining expertise in the public art process are encouraged to apply. Artist must be at least 18 years old.

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