June 2021, Call for Artists 1st-15th

Updated 6/5/21

12 call for artists with deadlines June 1st-15th, 2021. Whether you are looking for an exhibition, an art on loan program, or an opportunity for a sculpture commission, be sure to read through and find the right call for you.

Be sure to also check out sculpture opportunities with deadlines in May at our previous call for artists.

2021 Mayor’s Art Show

Eugene, Oregon

Summary: The Mayor’s Art Show (MAS) is part of a larger celebration of contemporary visual art, artists and the City’s public spaces. MAS celebrates local artists, art production and champions the visual arts. MAS recognizes the accomplishments of artists who are committed to enriching their communities through visual arts. Our intention is to cultivate diversity, equity, and access to the visual arts and artists. We envision a city of citizens whose success, safety and health are not pre-determined by their race, class, sexual orientation, gender, age, mental or physical ability.  

Budget: n/a

Deadline: 6/1/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This exhibition is open to all residents who live or work in the City of Eugene and artists who work or have exhibited in Eugene in the past. 

Special Notes: Artwork must be available to photograph in late June. Exact date and location TBD.  Work must have been completed since January 1, 2019.

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Oak Street Stormwater Improvements Project

Fort Collins, Colorado

Summary: The City of Fort Collins, Colorado, Art in Public Places Program (APP) is seeking submissions to select an artist/artist team to work with the project team to identify locations for art along the streetscape and develop concepts to integrate site-specific artworks into the Oak Street Stormwater Improvements Project. The Oak Street Stormwater Improvements Project runs along Oak Street from Jackson Avenue to Mason Street in downtown Fort Collins. Artists/teams will be selected based on their qualifications/application materials.

Budget: The art project budget is estimated at $150,000.

Deadline: 6/7/21

How to Apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This project is open to artists/artist teams who are at least 18 years of age, and legally residing in and authorized to work in the United States. Artist/Teams must be able to work effectively and collaboratively with the project’s design team selected by the City of Fort Collins. 

Special Notes: All media appropriate to the project will be considered. All applicants are expected to consider the issues of long-term conservation and maintenance of public art, along with timeline and budget. The work is intended to be a permanent addition to the City of Fort Collins. Design and installation must consider that the work will be situated in a public location and subject to the elements and potential vandalism.

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Utah DABC Salt Lake City & Foothill

Salt Lake City, Utah

Summary: Call for interested artists, residing in the western US, to create site specific artwork or propose appropriate existing artwork for two Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is the intention of the Art Committee to commission new artworks or purchase existing art. This public artwork may draw inspiration from or derive context from the community of Salt Lake City and the surrounding community and/or the services offered by DABC, the architecture, and/or the magnificent Utah landscape.

Budget: The Downtown SLC project budget is up to $64,000. The Foothill Boulevard SLC project budget is up to $23,600

Deadline: 6/7/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This project is open to resident American and legal resident artists / artist teams residing in the immediate Western United States to include: Utah (Utah artists are strongly encouraged to apply), Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Special Notes: The DABC Selection Committee will review artist’s qualifications and/or proposals from which a short list of semi-finalists will be selected. Semi-finalists will be asked to send or present a full proposal to the committee on August 12, 2021 to include budget and time-line.

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Dorothea Dix Park Plaza & Play Public Art

Raleigh, North Carolina

Summary: The City of Raleigh seeks several artists to work closely with the community and design team to create artworks that speak to the themes of the masterplan.

Work with the community and design team to design and create artwork at Dorothea Dix Park Plaza & Play.
Opportunities include creating an entrance experience including the grand stair, art interventions along pathways, creative shade structures, historic interpretation, creative play elements, and other placements for integrated art elements.

Budget: $340,000

Deadline: 6/7/21, 10am

How to apply: Slideroom

Eligibility Requirements: This opportunity is open to individual artists and other artist teams. Applicants must be either a United States citizen or a permanent legal resident and be at least 18 years of age.

Special Notes: Raleigh Arts staff will host alive online presentation and Q&A for the Dix park RFQ on May 17th at 12pm. See link for details.

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District Court of Maryland, Catonsville Courthouse Call for Public Art

Baltimore County, Maryland

Summary: The Maryland State Department of General Services (DGS) has completed construction on the new Catonsville District Courthouse. New public artworks, both visual and literary, will be incorporated for the interior and exterior of the building and will be reflective of the themes and goals described below. The artist selection process and artwork implementation will be co-administered between DGS and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Budget: The individual budgets for each site-specific artwork commission are:

Visual Artworks: Entry Lobby Wall $150,000; Second Floor Hallway $50,000. Both commissions are all inclusive contracts.*
Three semi-finalists will be selected for each location. Each semi-finalist artist or artist team will receive a $2,500 stipend to develop an artwork concept proposal.

Literary Artwork: Exterior Stone Inscription of literary composition, $8,000 Writer Commission. (Stone engraver under a separate agreement not included in this RFQ).

Deadline: 6/07/2021, 3:00pm ET

How to apply: PublicArtist.org

Eligibility Requirements: All professional artists or artist teams living in the United States may apply.

Artwork Goals
Creating artwork for the new Catonsville District Court is an opportunity to interpret and convey the principles of the American justice system: the rule of law, equal justice under the law, due process, access to justice in the criminal system, the right to an attorney for those who cannot afford one, as well as the presumption of innocence. In doing so, every person’s human dignity, intrinsic self-worth, and autonomy can be respected throughout all stages of the justice system. The artwork created for the new courthouse will interpret these concepts from a contemporary perspective. In general, the artwork should avoid relying solely on literal and traditional symbols of justice (e.g., the allegorical figure of Lady Justice).

In addition to the above, all artwork commissioned for the new courthouse should:
-Be accessible and appropriate to the broadest possible range of audience
-Reflect and speak to the diverse representation of Baltimore County residents that will visit the courthouse today and into the future
-Reward attention and introspection by providing a personal moment for visitors, during which might be a stressful experience.

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Retirement Community

Charleston, South Carolina

Summary: We invite you to submit your work for consideration for a retirement community located in the Charleston, SC area that offers independent living, assisted living, skilled/nursing care, and memory care. There is opportunity for interior and exterior sculptural art at various budget levels. The following works will be considered:

  • Wall-mounted sculpture (ceramic, acrylic, wood, metal, glass) – cannot project off wall more than 4”
  • Outdoor sculpture – freestanding something that is suitable for a courtyard.

Budget: not stated

Deadline: 6/7/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This is a local sculptural open call for indoor and outdoor artworks. We are seeking artists within the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Special Notes: If an artist does not currently have a piece that fits the size of these locations, they can provide examples of their work and state that they are available for commission requests.

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Franjo Road Call to Artist

Palmetto Bay, Florida

Summary: The purpose of the Call to Artist is to commission more local artist for municipal projects, to integrate public art and artistic elements into Franjo Road Traffic Circle. Additionally, the Art in Public Places Advisory Board has seen increased interest from private sector wanting to connect with local artists for their own development projects.

The Village plans to transform Franjo Road, downtown’s future Main Street, into a pedestrian-friendly street to significantly improve the area’s physical conditions through infrastructure improvements. The project is exemplary of a pedestrian-oriented development, known to bring foot traffic to the area, which is vital to the survival of small, local businesses. New lateral roads will create a better street grid to enhance connectivity within the area and provide street frontage to a larger number of businesses, thereby increasing their visibility and access.

With this project, Palmetto Bay expects to experience significant growth in its downtown corridor as the Village seeks to create an environment that will attract investment to its downtown area and serve as a catalyst for the redevelopment of what is now a cluster of underutilized and neglected public streets and private properties. The project objective is to create an art piece that fosters a sense of place and enhances the traffic circle. The piece should be appropriate for a public space and should be a piece which resembles the beauty of Palmetto Bay and provides a focal point at our Main Street.

The Village of Palmetto Bay Department of Community & Economic Development is inviting all professional artists to submit an interest for an Art in Public Place piece suitable for the traffic circle. The call to artist is to engage artist interest and concepts for the Art in Public Place piece at Franjo Road Traffic Circle (please see traffic circle site plans below). The Traffic Circle houses water connection and power service if needed. Materials must adhere to structural engineering standards of Miami-Dade County and withstand harsh outdoor elements.

Budget: $80,000- $125,000

Deadline: 6/7/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: This opportunity is open to all artists, both emerging and established artists, individuals and artist-led teams, and artists working with a wide variety of mediums, who have completed projects for private clients, public agencies or for grassroots/community projects. Artist teams of any size may apply.

Prior Public Art experience is not a requirement to submit information to the Call. The Call will be one of the primary methods for inviting artists to apply and does not guarantee a commission.

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Maryland Department of Agriculture Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory Call for Public Art

Salisbury, Maryland

Summary: This call to artists seeks to commission either a two dimensional interior or three dimensional exterior original and unique public artwork for the new Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory.

The commissioned artwork should respect the dignity and history of the local farmer, as well as the work the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Program performs on behalf of the public.

The Animal Health Laboratory hopes that the selected artist will take advantage of the visibility of the location to create an artwork that can become a memorable and positive landmark and something that can communicate to all who enter, or pass by, the importance of animal health to this important aspect of the Eastern Shore’s economy and culture.

Budget: The total budget for the artwork commission is $70,000. Up to four semi-finalists will be selected to develop proposals. Each semi-finalist artist or artist team will receive a $1500 proposal stipend.

Deadline: 6/07/2021

How to apply: PublicArtist.org

Eligibility Requirements: All professional artists or artist teams living in the United States may apply.

Special Notes: “How to Apply” information webinars will be held on: May 7, 12:00-1:30 pm, and May 25, 6:30-8:00 pm. To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/maryland-state-arts-council-17190128438

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Austin Convention Center Warehouse–Deadline extended

Austin, Texas

Summary: The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department (EDD) seeks to commission an Austin-area visual artist or artist team to design and fabricate a work of public art to be sited on or near the exterior of a new off-site warehouse being built by the Austin Convention Center Department (ACCD).

Budget: $100,000

Deadline: 6/10/21

How to apply: PublicArtist.org

Eligibility Requirements: Artists familiar with the Montopolis community and/or who are intimately connected to the history and heritage of the area are highly encouraged to apply. Multilingual artists and/or artists able to interact with the community in languages other than English are also encouraged to apply. Due to the challenges for maintenance of the artwork, only artwork of substantial durability and low maintenance needs will be considered.

Special Notes: This opportunity is ideal for experienced muralists, mural groups, and artists working in other 2D disciplines, however, a range of materials and conceptual approaches will be considered.

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Western Illinois University Memorial Hall

Macomb, 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 Memorial Hall on the Western Illinois University campus in Macomb, Illinois.

In keeping with the many ways the programs in Memorial Hall are of service to the campus
and community, the artwork should vibrant, activate and enliven the spaces and evoke
positive emotions such as joy, encouragement, warmth, and growth.

The work can be separate pieces or an installation spread throughout the building.

Budget: $52,500

Deadline: 6/11/21, 4:30 P.M.

How to apply: email, see link below for details

Eligibility Requirements: These public art commissions and potential purchases are open to all professional artists,
artisans, or artist-led teams that live and work in the state of Illinois.


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Arts R Alive in Webster City 11th Annual Sculpture Event

Webster City, Iowa

Summary: The Arts R Alive in Webster City, Iowa committee will sponsor its eleventh annual Public Art Sculpture Event in Webster CIty, Iowa during the month of August 2021. A jury with sculpture art background will review the pieces and will choose the pieces to be displayed. The piece should be in place by August 1, 2021. Up to 5 sculptures will be chosen by a jury to be displayed.

Budget: Those 5 artists will each receive a $1100.00 monetary award.

Deadline: 6/15/21

How to apply: CaFÉ

Eligibility Requirements: no restrictions noted

Special Notes: There is a $10 entry fee for this sculpture opportunity

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Texas State University Police Department

San Marcos, Texas

Summary: Texas State University invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a work of art for the exterior of the University Police Department at its San Marcos, TX campus. Applicants will Create a work of art that will communicate the interrelationship of community, safety and inclusiveness, concepts that are key in the University Police Departments mission and values statements.

Budget: $43,000

Deadline: 6/15/21

How to apply: PublicArtist.org

Eligibility Requirements: This public art commission is open to all professional artists or artist teams with experience in similar such projects.

Special Notes: Texas State University especially encourages submissions by women, artists of color, and artists from Texas.

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