Jan 1-10 2021 Call for Artists

10 Call for Artists to start off the first ten days of the New Year. Opportunities for sculptors range from small to large, site specific commissions to art-on-loan programs. Find the one(s) that appeal the most and get those applications in!

Trying something new…we’ll see how it works, if you like it, if we like it. Going to block out specific time frames for calls and if more get added later we’ll add them into this post. Hoping that makes it easier for everyone to find the sculpture opportunities they are interested in.

Note: one of the calls with a deadline of Jan 4 has been been extended. We kept the listing here in case you found it and were interested, AND we also added it to the post for calls for artists with deadlines Jan 11-20, 2021.

Let us know what you think! And Happy New Year!

Midtown Sculptural Light Pole Banners

Reno, Nevada

Summary: The Reno Arts & Culture Commission is looking for an artist/artist team to design and create sculptural banners—kinetic or static or a combination of the two—for light poles in the newly redesigned Midtown District.

Budget: $42,000

Deadline: 1/1/21

How to apply: Submittable

Eligibility Requirements: Artists working in the United States and who have experience designing projects with a similar budget and scope are encouraged to apply.

Special Notes: There are approximately 120 light poles that sculptural banners could be placed on. The RACC is looking for a minimum of 40 sculptural banners. The sculptures can be attached to the poles in various locations but must not be reachable by pedestrian traffic and not interfere with the traffic lane (this is a major bus route). The light poles are 18 feet high. The printed banners are hung with a bottom clearance of 13 feet. The maximum weight for the sculptural banners cannot exceed 10 pounds.

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

Penn’s Landing Park

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Summary: The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), announces a two-stage selection process by which we will award and commission a site-specific artwork on the new 11.5-acre park at Penn’s Landing.

Budget: $700,000

Deadline: 5pm Jan 4, 2021

How to apply: email using file sharing service such as Dropbox (see link below for details)

Eligibility Requirements: this call for artists is open for artists who live in the USA.

Special Notes: This RFQ is stage 1 for the project. Selected artists will be invited to participate in stage 2 and will be offered an honorarium for research, etc.

Click here to read more about this call for artists and instructions on how to apply

Pre-Qualified Artist Registry

Durham, North Carolina

Summary: The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program commissions a variety of public artworks in collaboration with City departments and other organizations engaged in capital development projects across Durham, North Carolina. The City of Durham’s Cultural and Public Art Program defines public art as original visual art including, but not limited to, sculptures, murals, photographic renderings, mosaics, and electronic art installations.

Project locations may include but are not limited to the City’s parks, sidewalks, interior and exterior walls, vehicles, bus stops, and spaces that are visible from public streets and pedestrian walkways. Public art is traditionally free of admission fees, and administered through a public process that provides opportunities for the community to provide input.

The City of Durham’s Pre-Qualified Artist Registry will be used to select artists when a project’s requirements render it suitable. Selection will be based on the appropriateness of the artist’s medium and experience relevant to specific project requirements. The City continuously seeks greater diversity and urges artists and artist teams of all backgrounds and any medium to become part of the pre-qualified registry.

Budget: n/a

Deadline: Jan 1 2021

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability. Artists who are selected to join the City of Durham Pre-qualified Artists Registry are encouraged to apply to any additional open calls issued by the City of Durham Public Arts Program, provided they meet eligibility requirements.

Special Notes: This is a rolling call, so you can apply at various times each year.

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Downtown Sculpture Walk 2021

Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Summary: The City of Lee’s Summit (MO) Cultural Arts Division is accepting applications for the 2021 Downtown Sculpture Walk temporary sculpture exhibit. Entries must have sculptures available from April 2021 through March 2022.

Budget: Selected artists will receive a stipend of $1,000 to offset costs associated with installation, travel and per diem. Artists receive 100% of the sale if their work is sold as a result of the Sculpture Walk.

Deadline: 1/4/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: The Downtown Sculpture Walk is open to professional local and national artists over 18 years of age.

Special Notes: Up to ten (10) artists will be selected to install 3D sculptural works appropriate for long-term outdoor display. Artists may submit up to two existing, completed sculptures for consideration. Each sculpture requires its own application.

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Oconee Rivers Greenway Network Connectors

Athens, Georgia

Summary: The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) invites professional artists to submit a proposal and images of a public art concept for the Oconee Rivers Greenway (ORG) trail construction project in Athens, Georgia. The selected artist(s) will work with the ACAC and government staff to create public art that enhances the project and complements the selected site.

Budget: $55,000

Deadline: 1/4/21, 11:59 p.m

How to apply: Online (see link below for information)

Eligibility Requirements: The project is open to professional artists (or team) 18 years and older, who are legal residents of and reside in the United States. It is preferable that the artist (or team) has experience working with public art projects and community government.

Special Notes: The main focus and overarching theme of the greenway corridor is the river and its natural environment; and, consequently the urban, manmade environment should be subservient to the greenway experience. In tune with this philosophy, public art should have a secondary, supporting role in the overall impression when visiting the area. To be true with the values of the environmental focus of the corridor, creating a public art walk or an outdoor gallery is not the intent of adding public art along the corridor.

Click here to read more about this call for artists including application instructions.

Rhode Island National Guard Joint Force Headquarters

East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Summary: The RI State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island National Guard will commission artwork for the 1st and/or 2nd floor lobbies or the exterior site in front of the building. Exterior works should not interfere with visibility around the facility. Interior works could be 3-d, freestanding, wall-mounted or painted, among the possibilities. 

Budget: $26,500

Deadline: The deadline for this call has been extended from Jan 4 to Jan 18. You can find the information for this call on our next call for artists post or continue to access it here.

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This RFQ is open to all working artists residing in the states of Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts. 

Special Notes: Students are not eligible to apply.

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2021 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Olathe, Kansas

Summary: The Olathe Public Art Committee, on behalf of the City of Olathe, is currently seeking large-scale, three-dimensional sculpture entries for our 2021 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit.

In addition to the temporary exhibition, sculptures are purchased and displayed throughout the Olathe community. There are currently 23 permanent sculptures throughout Olathe, including 3 outside of the Olathe Community Center.

Budget: Artists will receive a $2,000 honorarium for each work selected for a one-year lease. Consideration may be given for a $4,000 honorarium for a two-year lease.

Deadline: 1/4/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: Open to all artists 18 years of age and older.

Special Notes: Complete one application. You may submit up to 3 sculptures for consideration.

New opportunity for Emerging Artists – The City of Olathe will be selecting one original piece of sculpture by a promising developing artist to join the 2021 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. Please email your submission to Renee Rush

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Pocket Park Artwork RFQ

Mount Vernon, Iowa

Summary: Artwork to enhance the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Corporation’s (CDC) installation of a pocket park in the south alley between two storefronts on the First Street corridor in downtown Mount Vernon, Iowa. The park will include three raised platforms, each with table and chairs as well as children’s activities. A metal archway and overhead lighting are also part of the plan.

Budget: $9,500

Deadline: 1/8/21

How to apply: Mail or email (see link below)

Eligibility Requirements: Artistic excellence as demonstrated by past work
Understanding of the project and the ability to create artwork that responds to the goals of the project. Ability to meet the project timeline

Special Notes: There are two spaces available that each measure approximately 16’ wide and 9’ tall on a brick exterior wall. However, the artwork cannot be applied directly to the building’s surface and must be installed with attachment points. Architect’s streetscape drawings are available for review on www.mvaac.org.

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RFQ Public Artwork for City of Cedar Falls

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Summary: The City of Cedar Falls Public Art Committee (CFPAC) seeks to commission a permanent public artwork to be installed at East Second Street and State Street.

Budget: $100,000

Deadline: 1/8/21

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

Eligibility Requirements: Artists 18 years and older residing in the United States. Finalists will have a demonstrated record of public commissions of similar scale and budget to this project. Project must be completed by September 30, 2022.

Special Notes: Examples of the work that is currently in our collection are available at https://www.cedarfalls.com/1170/Public-Art.

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Public Art for Sacramento River Trail at Stress Ribbon Bridge

Redding, California

Summary: The City of Redding announces this call for professional artists to submit their qualifications to be considered to design, deliver and install public art that will serve as a landmark and destination feature of the Sacramento River Trail while drawing attention to the noteworthy Stress Ribbon Bridge and honoring the memory of one of Redding’s community members

Budget: $200,000.00

Deadline: 1/8/21 10:59 pm Pacific Standard Time

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This opportunity is open to all practicing artists, at least 18 years of age. Artists or artist teams with prior public art experience, both those who reside in the Shasta County area and those who live and work elsewhere, are encouraged to submit proposals.

Special Notes: Artist finalists will be invited to participate in two events, which will be managed according to best practices for health safety during the pandemic, such as with masks required and proper social distancing

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