Feb 2018 Sculpture Call for Artists

7 Opportunities for US Sculptors

Looking for an artist in residency program, an art on loan opportunity, or a chance to get a new commission? Here are 7 new call for artists to finish out February 2018. Whether you are on the west or east coast, north or south, or in the middle of the country, there is a call for you.

In addition to these new calls, there are a few from our last call for artists listing that are still open including Tampa with deadline of 2/23/18; Windsor Calif &  Florence Oregon with 2/25/18 deadlines; and Boston & Baltimore with 2/28/18 deadlines.

Red Sandstone Elementary Parking Garage

Vail, CO

Summary: The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places invites professional artists to submit their qualifications and images of integrated public art projects for consideration at Vail’s Red Sandstone Elementary parking garage.

Budget: $90,000

Deadline: Feb. 23, 2018

How to apply: Materials may be emailed to artinvail@vailgov.com. The subject must read “RSE Parking Structure.”

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions noted

Special Notes: AIPP has identified potential locations for this project including, but not limited to exterior wall locations, railing design and a potential sculptural seating area.

Construction commences in April with expected completion in November.

Artwork Goals
Quality and innovation: The consideration of highest priority is the inherent artistic excellence and innovation of the artwork.

Timelessness: Each artwork should be viewed as a long-term acquisition that should have relevance aesthetically to the community in future years. Due to the high visibility of public art by residents and guests who frequent public places, artworks should be selected that reflect enduring artistic quality.

Compatibility with site: Works of art should be compatible in style, scale, material, form and content with their surroundings, and should form an overall relationship with the site.

Permanence: Works of art shall have structural and surface soundness. It shall also be resistant to theft, vandalism and weathering. Artworks shall not require excessive maintenance nor repair costs. Artworks that require frequent maintenance are discouraged.

Public safety: Artwork shall not create inordinate safety problems or liability problems for the general public or town of Vail.

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Coleman and Bassett Illuminated Underpass

San Jose, California


The artist or artist team is expected to fabricate and install the artwork. Where possible, there may be coordination with the base project to gain efficiencies in the construction or installation process that may benefit the public art project. At the Coleman Ave underpass, public art will have the opportunity to enhance our community’s relationship to their infrastructure, reduce energy consumption, and encourage active transportation options such as walking and cycling.

Conceptually this is an opportunity for education and/or inspiration. It is also an opportunity to contribute, and promote the City of San José sustainability goals by incorporating functional energy efficient and/or zero-energy elements into the artwork.

Budget: $300,000

Deadline: 2/27/18

How to apply: via CaFE

Eligibility Requirements: This opportunity is open to individual artists or artist-led teams working or living in the United States. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have all necessary documentation and permits to work in the United States at the time of submittal of qualifications. If submitting as a team, a professional artist must be the lead team member.

Special Notes: Artists currently under contract for an art project with the City of San José Public Art Program are not eligible to apply for this project unless their current project will be complete by February 2018, or the project is currently suspended with no proposed re-activation date. If you are unsure of your status, please contact Michael Ogilvie (mailto:michael.ogilvie@sanjoseca.gov) for verification.

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Stoneleaf Retreat, New York

Summary: STONELEAF is pleased to announce their first open call for the 2018 residency program, which invites women artists to apply.

Budget: n/a

Deadline: February 28th, 2018

How to apply: This application is free. Accepted applicants are required to pay a $400 non-refundable acceptance fee, plus a $200 refundable security deposit to secure placement. The acceptance fee goes towards the running of STONELEAF, open studios, dinners, plus stipends for visiting arts professionals. Successful applicants will be notified in March.

Eligibility Requirements: This upcoming program is open to women artists of all disciplines, however preference will be given to artists with a focus on social practice.

Special Notes: The 2018 program will consist of four residencies for twelve artists in total, running from April to August 2018. Dinner will be provided each evening to encourage the exchange of ideas in a welcoming, connective and supportive environment. Invited artists and arts professionals will visit for dinner and studio visits. Each residency will culminate with open studios, which will be open to the public. When applying, artists are asked to specify their preferred residency dates.

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Learn more about Stoneleaf here: https://www.stoneleafretreat.com/

Art Installation at the Library

Grinnell, IA

Summary: The Art Advisory Committee of Drake Community Library, the public library in Grinnell, Iowa, is issuing a Request for Qualifications from artists to design, fabricate and install a piece of public art in a large and highly visible space in the library.

Budget: $17,000

Deadline: 2/28/18

How to apply: via email. Please see link below.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants should provide evidence of experience and qualifications for designing and fabricating the work of art they propose

Special Notes: We anticipate that the work will be overhead, suspended from the ceiling, walls, and/or rafters. The art installation must be at least eight feet off the ground so it does not interfere with the current use of the space. The selected artist will consult with the library’s staff, the Art Advisory Committee, and a structural engineer to ensure the safety and security of the work and of the public.

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2019-2020 El Paseo Sculpture Exhibition

Palm Desert, CA

Summary: This is an art-on-loan program; 18 sculptures plus up to 4 alternates will be submitted to the city council for approval. October 22 – November 8, 2018: Tentative dates for exhibition installation

Budget: $5,000

Deadline: 2/28/18 at 11:59p.m. Mountain Time

How to apply: via CaFE

Eligibility Requirements: All artists, galleries, museums/non-profit arts organizations, and private collectors are encouraged to apply.
• Artists who have participated in the 2017/2018 El Paseo Exhibition are not eligible to apply.

Special Notes: A $5,000 honorarium will be provided for each selected artwork. Participant is responsible for delivery and pick-up of artwork per scheduled date and time.

All sculptures MUST fit on one of the existing concrete pads.

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Schweitzer Cutoff Roundabout Public Art

Sandpoint, ID

Summary: The Sandpoint Arts Commission seeks vibrant public art for installation at this gateway to Sandpoint. A successful proposal will reflect the multi-use nature of the location as well as the city’s love for its pristine land and water.

Budget: $90,000

Deadline: 2/28/18

How to apply: via CaFE

Eligibility Requirements: The project is open to all artists residing in the United States, though the jury may give special consideration to artists living in Idaho, Montana, Washington, or Oregon.

Special Notes: The Sandpoint Arts Commission will select a landscape designer who will incorporate plantings, watering systems, and lighting into the final installation. While the artist is not responsible for design or installation of landscape elements, they will collaborate to ensure the art and landscaping are complementary.

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Patrick Square Public Art Trail

Clemson, SC

Summary: This call is a commission for new work(s) that will be purchased by Patrick Square. Patrick Square is a land developer, real estate company, and community management team. The Review Committee will consist of members of the Patrick Square staff as well as neighborhood residents on a steering committee. The artist may work with a team or individually.

The goal for the art project is to initiate a public art trail that will include various exhibits encouraging visitors to explore the Patrick Square community. The various exhibits should have an overall consistency and theme that may be compiled into a children’s story book or guide map.

Budget: $20,000.

Deadline: 2/28/18 at 11:59 p.m. MST

How to apply: via CaFE

Eligibility Requirements: Artists must be age 18+; Residing in the U.S. or abroad; It is strongly recommended that the artist reside in the southeastern region of the U.S. so as to have easy access to the site. The artist may work with a team or individually.

Special Notes: More resources are available on PublicArtist.org

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