January 2018 Call for Artists

Wide Variety of Call for Entries for Sculptors Across the USA

Whew! 19 more Calls for Artists this month! Be sure to look at this wide variety of opportunities for sculpture commissions. While many commissions are restricted to professional artists, some also encourage emerging artists and graduate students.

Mercer County Courthouse Public Art Project

Trenton, New Jersey

Summary: The County of Mercer, New Jersey, is issuing a Request for Qualifications (Phase 1), inviting artists/artist teams who wish to be considered to submit their interest and qualifications for the creation of a series of five permanent decorative plaques/reliefs. These reliefs are to be installed on an exterior wall (located on South Warren Street, Trenton, NJ) of the Mercer County Courthouse.

Five decorative elements are sought for the exterior of the new Mercer County Courthouse (opened 2013). Specifically, artwork is sought that will reflect the rich history of Mercer County, the city of Trenton, and/or the County Court system.

Budget: Total costs may not exceed $74,000.

Deadline: 1/10/18

How to apply: via CaFE.org

Eligibility Requirements: This RFQ is open to professional, practicing artists and artist teams living or working within a 50 mile radius of the greater Mercer County, New Jersey, region.

Special Notes: Artists with positive public art installation experiences and/or who have partnered with architects in art installation are strongly preferred.

Finalists will be invited to a Q and A session at the Mercer County Courthouse the week of February 19, 2018, to view the artwork site and interior of the Courthouse, and ask questions.  

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Smith Playground

Philadelphia, PA

Summary: The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) announces a $25,000 competition to commission a site-specific artwork for Smith Playground, located in South Philadelphia. This commission is part of the $3 million full scale renovation of the park undertaken by Make the World Better Foundation and Urban Roots in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Philadelphia Water and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s Office.

Budget: $25,000

Deadline: 01/10/2018 5:00 PM Central Time

How to apply: via email,  see their pdf for all details: http://creativephl.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Smith-Playground-Call-to-Artists.pdf

Eligibility Requirements: Artists residing in the USA

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Art Bench Project

Eagan, Minnesota


Eagan Parks & Recreation seeks artists to produce four benches for placement in the City parks, facilities and along the Park trail system in 2018.

Budget: $3,000 per bench, inclusive of all costs including installation.  Selected finalists will be paid $200 for proposal development.

Deadline: January 12, 2018

How to apply: email submissions to jandersen@cityofeagan.com

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must reside in the State of Minnesota or demonstrate a significant established connection to Minnesota.

Special Notes:

  • Must accommodate up to 500 pounds for seating
  • Maximum length, 8 feet. Entire design must stay within 8 feet.
  • Durable construction suitable for outdoor conditions.

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Hwy 93 Entryway Project

Golden, Colorado

Summary: The specific location of the proposed installation is on the west side of Colorado State Highway 93, approximately 1,600 feet north of Pine Ridge Road on property owned by the City of Golden. The probable location is approximately 50 feet from the southbound lane of Colorado State Highway 93. As a result of the high speed auto oriented highway location, we are seeking a piece that makes a highly visible and impressive statement of entry. Ideally visible by north and south bound traffic.

Budget: $50,000

Deadline: 1/12/18

How to apply: via CaFE.org

Eligibility Requirements: The call is open to all artists and artist teams 18 years and older. Experience creating public art is preferred

Special Notes: The entryway art does not need to follow a theme. Preference will be given to art that is highly visible and visually impactful. Preference will also be given to works that represent 1 or more of the core values articulated in the Golden Vision 2030 plan.

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Sawmill Community Public Art Project

Albuquerque, NM

Summary: The Art Selection Committee seeks a prominent Work of Art that will address the need to link the unique natural grandeur of our region with the growing urban environment surrounding the site. As an innovative solution to an urban, planned community, the Sawmill neighborhood is and will continue to grow as a destination for residents and visitors to the metropolitan area. The Art Selection Committee desires a project that addresses multiple levels of the site, the missions of the Sawmill Community Land Trust and the New Mexico Water Collaborative, and their prominence in this pivotal location. Adornment and embellishment are not priorities of this project, but rather we seek an intriguing fusion of purposes that mirror the neighborhood, city, and region, and responds to the arid high desert environment and the role water plays in this ecosystem.

Budget: $250,000

Deadline: 1/15/18

How to apply: via CaFE.org

Eligibility Requirements: No restrictions provided

Special Notes: From the pool of submissions, up to five finalists will receive a $2,500.00.stipend for the finalists to visit Albuquerque for interviews and presentations.

One artist or artist team will be chosen from the finalists and receive a $30,000.00 design contract to cover the costs of community engagement, research and design preparation. The winner will have approximately six months to prepare a final design for the Sawmill project. The final design will be presented to the Art Selection Committee, the Albuquerque Arts Board, and all interested community members. The fabrication, construction, and on-site installation process will be outlined in the winner’s final design presentation and will commence upon final approval of the concept, design, work schedule, and budget for the remaining $220,000.00.

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Lakeland Health Foundation RFP

St. Joseph, MI

Summary: The Todman Family Foundation and Lakeland Health are currently seeking proposals for a single, transformative work of art for installation within Lakeland Health’s new $160 million Medical Pavilion (Pavilion) under construction in St Joseph Michigan.

Budget: $100,000

Deadline: 1/15/18

How to apply: by mail

Eligibility Requirements: Professional artists or artist teams world-wide, working in any medium, are invited to apply. Artists submitting proposals for this RFP shall be at least 18 years of age, and must have successfully managed and completed at least one commission project with a budget equal to or greater than $30,000 (including design development, documentation, finish product delivery and installation).

Special Notes: The new Pavilion is under construction and is slated to open in spring of 2020. The work will need to be completed and ready for installation by January 1, 2020.

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Downtown Public Art Project

City of Knoxville, TN

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Budget: $500,000

Deadline: 1/16/18

How to apply: electronically, be sure to read more about this call for artists in order to apply

Eligibility Requirements: This opportunity is open to all professional artists or artist teams over the age of 18.


Museum of TTU Life Safety Project

Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX.

Summary: The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the Museum of Texas Tech University, located on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX.

Budget: $67,000

Deadline: 1/16/2018 3:00 PM Central Time

How to apply: via PublicArtist.org

Eligibility Requirements: All professional artists

Special Notes: To learn more about the Museum of Texas Tech University, visit:

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Open Call for Emerging & Independent Artists: Art that Speaks to Collectors

Summary: Abstract art pieces by emerging and independent artists to be considered by art collectors for their art collections.

Budget: The budget is the approx. $5,000 maximum per art piece.

Deadline: 1/19/2018 9:00 PM Central Time

How to apply: email

Eligibility Requirements: This an open call primarlly for US based artists and preferably CA based artists. However, keen on art encourages artists to submit their artwork regardless of location.

Special Notes: Keen on Art represents solely art collectors. Its Art Liaison, Esther Mallouh, works discreetly with the art collectors to assist them in purchasing distinct and divergent artworks.

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Nature in Bronze

Longmont, Colorado


Longmont’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) Commission is accepting submissions from artists or teams of artists who wish to be considered for a permanent installation to be located along the St. Vrain greenway.  Art in Public Places is a program of the City of Longmont and is administered under the Longmont Museum in Longmont, Colorado.

We are seeking a bronze sculpture with a “nature” theme with pedestal/installation and delivery costs included.

Budget: $20,000

Deadline: 1/21/18

How to apply: via CaFE.org

Eligibility Requirements: Any practicing visual artist residing in the United State may apply. Students pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees in fine art are eligible and encouraged.

Special Notes:

This project must adhere to the 2002 AIPP guidelines for bronze sculptures: “where artwork may be one of a number of castings, the AIPP Commission is seeking a number within the original number of castings. No sculpture in its entirety shall be intentionally duplicated within 100 miles of Longmont.”

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Bridge Art for Interstate 25/ University Avenue Interchange Improvements

Las Cruces, NM

Summary: The NMDOT Bridge Art Program enriches New Mexico’s public spaces through an innovative and diverse public art collection.  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.

The Bridge Art Selection: Local Selection Committee (LSC) is seeking an artist or artist team to create site-specific designs for the I-25/University Avenue Interchange Improvements in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  The design, which will be developed by the artist, should express local values, relate to the local context, and provide a visual narrative for the traveling public.  The images are anticipated to be cast with form liners into the concrete bridge abutments and wall barriers.  The artist will be expected to be conversant with the selected media

Budget: $17,000

Deadline: 1/22/18

How to apply: via CaFE.org

Eligibility Requirements: artists or artist teams that are legal residents of New Mexico

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25-2018 Wilkerson Commons Public Art

University of North Dakota

Summary: This Request for Qualifications is released by the University of North Dakota Procurement Services Department on behalf of the University of North Dakota Department of Facilities Management for the purposes of retaining the most qualified Consultant to commission a professional artist to create site-specific artwork to be placed inside Wilkerson Commons.

Budget: $75,000

Deadline: 1/22/2018 2:00 PM Central Time

How to apply: by mail (see the link below for more details)

Eligibility Requirements: none provided

Special Notes: Artists are NOT allowed to apply in teams

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2018 APP HAWAII: Commissioned Works of Art for the Department of Education


Summary: For this project, the goal of the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA) is to commission artwork of the highest aesthetic standards for the Hawai`i public school system that contributes to the happiness and well-being of students, staff, and community. Through this RFQ we intend to establish a qualified pool of professional artists for consideration for three public school sites. We encourage artists using a variety of artistic approaches and media to apply. Teaming with teachers, students, and the school community, artists will work to develop a work of art in the school, which reflects and is appropriate to the school’s environment, curriculum, cultural values, and aesthetics. The Art in Public Places/Department of Education-Artists in Residence Program (APP/DOE-AIR) aims to provide meaningful and authentic experiences for students and staff to learn the processes of conceptualization, design, decision-making, production and evaluation of works of art, while building capacity of teachers to incorporate or infuse art into the school curriculum.

Budget: $100,000

Deadline: 1/22/18 11:59 PM Mountain Time

How to apply: via CaFE.org

Eligibility Requirements: Hawai’i resident status; if not a resident, please list prior relationship/work history in the state

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Colony Park District

Austin, TX

Summary: The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department seeks to commission a permanent exterior public artwork that establishes a visual marker informing viewers of the district’s park, reflects the history of Colony Park and is mindful of the community’s experiences.

Budget: $39,500

Deadline: 1/25/2018 5:00 PM Central Time

How to apply: via PublicArtist.org

Eligibility Requirements: Professional visual artists, or artist teams, at least 18 years of age who live in the Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet and Blanco counties are eligible to apply.

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2018-2019 Boerne Art al Fresco Public Art Competition

Boerne, TX

Summary: Boerne’s first Art al Fresco program launched in 2015 and is an outdoor, or “fresh air” temporary exhibit of public art. Art al Fresco is an “art on loan” program which incorporates a variety of styles and materials. Created by the City of Boerne and juried by the Public Art Competition Committee, Art al Fresco is a walkable adventure for visitors and residents and is located throughout the city’s historic downtown-known as Boerne’s Hill Country Mile-and along Boerne’s Trail & Parks system.

Budget: $30,000: The City will have the option to purchase one or more sculptures at the end of the exhibition. There is a $30,000 budget allocated for the purchase of sculpture from the exhibit.

Deadline: 1/28/2018 5:00 PM Central Time

How to apply: via PublicArtist.org

Eligibility Requirements: This is a national call open to experienced professional public artists in the continental U.S. over the age of 18.

Special Notes: The Artist stipend is $1,500 per piece exhibited and is intended to help cover the cost of transportation, installation and de-installation of the piece. Half of the stipend will be paid within 15 days of successful installation of the artwork and acceptance by the City; the remaining half will be paid within 15 days of successful removal at the end of the exhibit.

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The Wilson Street Public Art Project

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Summary: The City of Guelph invites artists and artist teams with public art experience to submit their credentials, examples of prior experience and a preliminary vision for the development and execution of a permanent, outdoor art installation as a part of the Wilson Street Reconstruction project.

Budget: $90,000 (Canadian)

Deadline: 1/29/2018 2:30 PM Central Time

How to apply: The City of Guelph will only accept electronic bid submissions submitted online through the City’s Bid Opportunities website.

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions supplied

Special Notes: Each of the three finalists will receive a $1,500 honorarium to develop their final concepts followed by an interview and presentation opportunity.

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Art on the Waterfront

Baltimore, MD

Summary: The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks with support from the South Baltimore Local Development Council and South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, is excited to announce “Art on the Waterfront,” a temporary sculpture exhibition along the Middle Branch section of the Gwynns Falls Trail.

Budget: $5,000

Deadline: 11:59pm Eastern Time 1/29/18

How to apply: visit their website https://promotionandarts.submittable.com/submit/94556/art-on-the-waterfront-rfp

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions provided

Special Notes: A priority of Art on the Waterfront will be to exhibit work by artists from diverse backgrounds. Artists from all experience levels and backgrounds, working in all forms of expanded sculpture and environmental art are encouraged to apply, including those trying new directions or developing sculptural works and outdoor installations for the first time. Applications will be accepted from individuals or collaborative teams. Students may apply as a team but are encouraged to be paired with a mentor artist or professor with some experience creating public work.

All artist’s should keep in mind that all installations will be installed outdoors for approximately three months (May to August 2018), and must be constructed for durability over that time.

Repurposing, reuse, and recycling is also encouraged. Extra consideration with being given towards artworks that take advantage of adding life to or recycling materials. We also encourage projects that can be repurposed into second iterations of artistic exploration or design projects.

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Shoreline Town Center Public Art Project

Shoreline, WA

Summary: The City of Shoreline seeks an artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install a dynamic, site-specific artwork with the primary goal of serving as a landmark for the center of this young and growing city directly to the north of Seattle. Placement will occur on an approximately 1-acre triangular-shaped project area located along the city’s main arterial, Aurora Avenue (aka SR 99), between North 175th Street and North 178th Street, and Aurora Ave North and Midvale Ave North. Currently, the site is flat, with a few small trees and a preserved section of historic brick road, a relic of the Interurban trolley line (1902 – 1940; see map). The site is frequently used by trail riders, dog-walkers, families, and numerous others, with many thousands driving by in cars at maximum speeds of 40 mph. As a work of public art located along a transportation corridor, it should not create a distraction for drivers.

Budget: $140,000

Deadline: 1/31/2018 11:59 PM Central Time

How to apply: via email

Submission of materials that include letter of interest, resume(s), work samples, and 2 -page“Ideas and Themes Brief” by deadline of Jan. 31
to artentry@shorelinewa.gov

Eligibility Requirements: Professional artists and or artists’ teams residing in the United States with public art project experience that matches the scope of the project, who have successfully managed and completed at least one publicly-funded commission on schedule and on budget

Special Notes: The primary goal is an artwork that serves as a landmark for the center of this young and growing city directly to the north of Seattle.

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Download the full RFQ for more information including the Artists Selection Process, Selection Criteria, and Timeline.

The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Public Art Prize

Baltimore, MD

Summary: The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA) is proud to announce the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City Public Art Prize, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of Baltimore City (MASB). The Municipal Art Society of Baltimore was founded in 1899 as part of the City Beautiful movement. It is one of only two remaining societies to be operating under its original charter “to provide sculptural and pictorial decoration and ornaments for the public buildings, streets and open spaces in the City of Baltimore, and to help generally beautify the City.” Artistic contributions to the City span more than one hundred years. In 2016 the MASOB embarked on a path to provide new opportunities to Baltimore artists and art places within the City. This prize will award $30,000 to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators, living and working within 100 miles of Baltimore City.
Each year the MASB Public Art Prize will be awarded based on proposals for a temporary public art project from artists, with the selected artist producing their proposed project with their budget from the awarded funds. For 2018, the site is Herring Run Park. There are images, information and an FAQ about the site at http://www.baltimorearts.org/masob-public-art-prize-info-and-faq/

Budget: $30,000

Deadline: 1/31/2018 5:00 PM Central Time

How to apply: via  their website https://promotionandarts.submittable.com/submit

Eligibility Requirements: Artists living within 100 miles of Baltimore are eligible. Artists must be at least 21 years old, and may not be full-time students or enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of the granting period, March 1 2018 to March 31, 2019. (although current seniors and last semester graduate students are encouraged to apply)

Special Notes: The award will be paid in three installments. $10,000 will be paid upon signing a contract with BOPA, wherein the artist agrees to the guidelines outlined here. The second payment ($15,000) will be paid prior to installation of the project. The third payment ($5,000) will be paid upon the completion, exhibition and removal of the temporary project.

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That’s all the call for artists that have reached our desks for January as tonight. We will add more if they arrive, otherwise, check back for various calls & RFQs for February–and Good Luck! Let us know if you apply and for sure let us know when you get accepted!