I am keeping a running list of all the public art opportunities that I am interested in applying for this year. I just copy and paste the opportunities into Wordpad from the available on-line lists. Please see a portion of the April-May deadline list below.
I have applied for about a dozen public art opportunities this year, some just for the practice. The more applications you do, the better you will get. Maybe I will get 1-2% of what I apply for.
Note: unlike Art Shows, many of these Public Art Opportunities do not require a fee with your application.
Most of these opportunities are in the $30K to $230K range! There is some big money out there for public art. And it’s not just Sculpture – Wall Art, Sculpture Wall Art, Big Murals, Mosaics, and many more categories.
My friend Tom Mann says, “the fix is in” meaning that you have to cozy up to the person in charge of the money to get the grant. Is that true? I hope to find out. Let me know what you think.
Best Lists for Public Art Opportunities
Las Vegas Arts Commission – deadline-based list plus many on-going opportunities & residences
Pittsburgh Arts Council – excellent list, some unique
City of Palm Desert – good list
CAFE – excellent list and the only way to apply for many opportunities. You will note that many are geographically limited. It helps to live in Colorado, California, Oregon or Washington.
California Artist Council – many based in California
Chicago Artist’s Resource – big, big list but you have to dig to find the Public Art & Sculpture, some unique to this list only
Phoenix Artists National Opportunities List
Sculptor.org – this list isn’t kept up, but it can be fruitful
National Assembly of States Art Agencies – can you believe it, Michigan doesn’t have a program. Other resources at NASAA also.
AOM – only $30/year – a big monthly list
Public Art Opportunities: April & May 2013 Deadlines
4-19-2013 (note – this was only in the Chicago list)
Artists sought for 2013 outdoor sculpture walk
After a successful inaugural year showcasing public art around town, the Oak Park Public Art Advisory Commission is once again seeking artists for the temporary installation of up to 12 sculpture pieces this summer. At the conclusion of the event, the Village may consider purchasing some pieces for its permanent collection; last year, three installations were purchased at the close of the sculpture walk..
The 2013 Sculpture Walk is sponsored by the Public Art Advisory Commission of the Village of Oak Park. Sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and installed outdoors on metal pads in high- profile locations throughout historic Downtown Oak Park. Online and print brochures will be provided to the public to encourage self-guided tours of the exhibit. Sculptures must remain in place for the duration of the exhibit, which will be open from June 2 to Sept. 2. All artists selected to participate will receive a stipend of $1,800. The deadline for submissions is April 19.
2013 Cherry Creek Arts Festival: Call for Innovation – Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge
This is your opportunity to express the ideas of innovation through the discipline of your choice. We are looking for artists who can think beyond tomorrow and see what’s coming, Five Years Out. Artists may submit ideas through the process below, 5 finalists will be awarded a $5,000 commission to create their piece and display it at the 2013 Cherry Creek Arts Festival. One winner will be selected and receive the Innovation Award of $10,000 and a jury-exempt invitation to exhibit at the 2014 Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The five pieces of art will then become part of the innovative collection of artwork at Arrow and may be featured in a global ad series and in offices around the world. The winning artist will receive a travel per diem to showcase their winning art piece during the Cherry Creek Arts Festival July 5, 6 & 7, 2013.
DEADLINE: APRIL 19, 2013***********************************************NEW!!!
COEUR D’ALENE, ID + COEUR D’ALENE: RFP/ RFQ MCUEN PARK ENTRY
BUDGET: $ 110,000
DEADLINE: APRIL 19, 2013 ***********************************************NEW!!!
CHARLOTTE, NC + TEMPLE BETH EL WALL COMMISSION
BUDGET: $ 25,000
4-22-2013 (this was only the Pittsburgh list)
St. Paul received CD
Deadline: April 22, 2013
Information: Go to Opportunity
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR AN OPEN CALL FOR THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA CITY LIST OF QUALIFIED PUBLIC ARTISTS TO BE REFERENCED BY CONSULTANTS AND CITY DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN THE PREPARATION OF PLANS DURING 2013-2015.
Deadline: April 29, 2013
Information: Go to Opportunity
RFQ for 22 2-bike racks. No fee/10 (CD), appl form, cover letter, cover and material approach, visuals, budget and
timeline, etc. $20k. => Miah Michaelsen, Downtown Transit Center Bicycle Racks RFQ, Bloomington Arts
Commission, Dpt. of Economic and Sustainable Devel., 401 N Morton St Ste 130, Bloomington IN 47402.
The City of Bloomington Arts Commission is issuing this Call to Artists to submit applications for consideration for four Artwork commission projects at the Downtown Transit Center currently under construction at the southeast corner of S. Walnut St. and E. 3rd St. in Bloomington, Indiana.
The four projects are: 1) Benches; 2) Bicycle Racks; 3) Bloomington Transit Logo Artwork; 4) Transit Mural.
Eligibility requirements: All artists
Submission materials: letter of interest, resume, 10 digital images, image inventory list, design solution, sketch of possible design, timeline, completed commission form and affidavits, budget
Contact: Miah Michaelsen –
DEADLINE: APRIL 29, 2013 – another one
BLOOMINGTON, IN + CALL TO ARTISTS: DOWNTOWN TRANSIT CENTER
BUDGET: $ 104,000
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NYC4PA Open Call for Entry – WATER.
Deadline 4/30/13 – $2500+ prizes.
www.nyc4pa.com for full call.
for add’l information.
Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science RFQ
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is requesting qualifications from artists for interior and exterior artwork to be commissioned for the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science currently under construction. This RFQ is open to all professional artists.
DEADLINE: APRIL 30, 2013
PORTLAND, OR + CALL FOR PROPOSALS: PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
City of Loveland: Interstate 25/Highway 34 Interchange
Sculpture for the interchange at Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 34.
Eligibility requirements: The project is open to any professional artist with demonstrated experience in creating signature artwork of a large scale.
Submission materials: references, digital images, design solution, sketch of possible design, all applications must be submitted through www.callforentry.org.
Contact: Suzanne Janssen, Public Art/Business Services Manager – – (970) 962-2910
Loveland, CO 80537
Media: PU 2D low-relief wall-sculpture. Deadline: Apr 30 #
9 SF Bay Area Cos. Pool of artists for used for upcoming public art opportunities, including making new series of
smaller works in studio. No fee/10 (callforentry.org), résumé, statement. $5-100k. => Artist Registry 2013,
Alameda County Art Com., Box 29004, Oakland CA 94604-9004. 510-208-9646; ;
Media: SC PU. Deadline: Apr 30 #
International. RFP for work to serve as gateway piece to City, to be installed near off-ramp, adjacent to bridge
structure. No fee/8-13 (online), prelim. statement of approach, résumé, conceptual image(s), 3 refs, etc. $225k.
=> Suzanne Janssen, Interstate 25/Highway 34 Interchange, City of Loveland AIPP Prog., 503 N Lincoln Av,
Loveland CO 80537, USA. 970-962-2490; ; http://tinyurl.com/AOM152ar.
RFQ for original monumental sculpture emphasizing tradition, responsibility and respect, for new Justice Center.
No fee/15 (CD), letter of interest, CV, refs, etc. $200-250k. => April Bishop, Justice Center RFQ, Leawood Arts
Council, City Hall, 4800 Town Center Dr, Leawood KS 66211. 913-339-6700×157; ;
Leawood, Kansas is seeking artists to develop original sculpture for the exterior of the new Justice Center currently under construction on the southwest corner of Tomahawk Creek Parkway and Town Center Drive.
Eligibility requirements: Open to all professional artists. City employees, members of the Arts Council, and their relatives are not eligible to participate.
Submission materials: letter of interest, resume, 3 references, 15 digital images, image inventory list
Contact: – – 913-339-6700 x 157
BUDGET: $ 250,000
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Design Competition: New Water Feature at Seger Park Playground
Friends of Seger Park Playground is interested in enhancing the park’s Lombard Street landscape with a new water feature to help young children cool down during the summer. From the competition brief:
Interaction with the water feature will be primarily for children from 2 years to 12 years of age, with younger children accompanied by adults. The water feature should be elegant in design yet offer a myriad of spray types (rain to mist), locations, timing and/or other related effects. Surprise is an essential component, yet a predictable facet is desired for younger children.
Uniqueness is essential for a successful entry. FOSPP wishes to have a sculptural focus that is different from all other parks. Abstract or literal, the water feature must be unique. Despite the fact that the site is located in Philadelphia, please do not include historical references.
There is a prize of $20,000 for the winning design. The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2011.
FOSPP has stressed the importance of having designs vetted by a water feature company, and has provided a directory of several such companies for designers who require it.
The new water feature is just one facet of a broader renovation taking place across the Western side of Seger Park. For much more information about the competition, including park blueprints, site photos, online registration and more, try to find it through Google. The old link is no longer working.
DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2013 ***********************************************NEW!!!
MICHIGAN CITY, IN + PUBLIC ART PROJECT SCULPTFUSION
BUDGET: $ 2,000
nternational. Inclusion in pre-qualified pool for temp. and permanent public art in Syracuse, all styles, media,
approaches. No fee/ (CD/DVD, photos or prints). => K, Auwaerter, RFQ Syracuse Public Art Artist Pool, City of
Syracuse Public Art Commission, 201 E Washington St Ste 500, Syracuse NY 13202, USA. 315-448 -8108;
DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2013***********************************************NEW!!!
PALTO ALTO, CA + TEMPORARY ARTWORK FOR UNIVERSITY AVE TUNNELS
BUDGET: $ 65,000
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto CA 94301 United States
Applications up to 20 MBs can be sent as email attachments to the email address above.
The above materials may be emailed to or submitted on disk and mailed to the address below. The artist must include a self-addressed stamped postage prepaid envelope, if the artist wishes that proposal materials be returned to him or her. Send proposals to:
Public Art Commission
1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Additional questions may be directed to Elise DeMarzo, Manager of Public Art at 650.617.3517.
The project at hand is a public art work for the newly-renovated Music Building located at the Coon Rapids Campus of Anoka-Ramsey Community College. Requesting an artwork involving a sound/aural experience which takes into consideration the Mississippi River environment, the newly renovated Music Building, and the Anoka-Ramsey landscape. The panel encourages the submission of artworks involving an interactive component.
Eligibility requirements: Professional artists residing in the United States
Submission materials: letter of interest, resume, summary of qualifications, 15 digital images, image inventory list, design solution, sketch of possible design
Contact: Kelsey Schwarzrock – – 763-433-1507
MAY 6, 2013 delivered!
LOS ANGELES, CA + CALL TO ARTISTS: METRO EL MONTE STATION
ARTIST FEE: $ 10,000
The selection committee is looking for a finely-executed sculpture to be permanently installed in the landscape between Mandeville Creek to the West and the ABB building. The selection committee and the Montana Arts Council encourages creativity and innovation, but the work should be conceptually accessible to the students, faculty, staff and visitors of the building. Sculpture that is already completed, or sculpture that might be modified, or a new sculpture commission will all be considered by the committee. The committee seeks sculpture of any medium/material and is open to a variety of styles from traditional to experimental.
Eligibility requirements: Professional artists residing in the United States
Submission materials: letter of interest, resume, references, digital images, application must be made through slideroom.com, $10 app lication fee
Contact: Kim Baraby Hurtle, Percent-for- Art Director – – 406-444-6639
MSU-Animal BioSciences Building
Montana State University
CALL FOR ARTISTS
Online Application Process
RFQ – Request for Qualifications
Seeking Sculpture for Exterior Site
Opens: Feb 15, 2013
Closes: May 15, 2013
Art Budget: $30,500.00
Open to U.S. Citizens
FOR MORE INFORMATION >> http://art.mt.gov/artists/artists_percent.asp
Contact: Kim Baraby Hurtle, Percent-for-Art Director for questions about this project.
, 406-444-6639, Montana Arts Council,
PO Box 202201, Helena, MT 59620-2201
Media: 2D 3D. Deadline: May 15
Exhibits in 9 hospital galleries (viewed by 10k people/day) by individuals or groups, to “assist and complement
healing process and reduce stress and anxiety often associated w/ a healthcare setting.” No fee/12+ for
individuals, 24+ for groups (CD or online), résumé, bio. => Kathi Talley, Gifts of Art 2013.14, U. Michigan Health
Systems, NI-5E06, NIB, 300 N Ingalls, Ann Arbor MI 48109-5470. ; http://xrl.us/AOM87bk.
Fee: $35.00 (Baang + Burne Contemporary New Works Grant 2013)
Entry Deadline: 5/15/13
Days remaining to deadline: 56
It is a new year and we can only guess what is on your list of resolutions. Our resolution including spend less time in the office and more time outside, but more importantly, to see more work and to help more artists make new work. Baang + Burne Contemporary New Work Grant 2013 is open to all visual artists of all mediums. The grant is a $2,500 cash award that recognizes the strongest new proposal in contemporary art as submitted. Deadline: Midnight (MST)/1:59 AM (EST) on May 15, 2013.
Media: All. Deadline: May 24
ME. Grant to reward artistic excellence, advance career. No fee/10 (on line), appl, résumé, narrative, etc. $13k.
=> Donna Mcneil, Individual Artist Fellowship: Visual Arts, Maine Arts Comm, 193 State St, Augusta ME 043330025.
207-287-2726; ; http://xrl.us/AOM142aq
DEADLINE: MAY 24, 2013***********************************************NEW!!!
KINGSTON, RI + VISUAL ARTS SEA GRANT
GRANT: $ 3,000
Coeur d Alene: McEuen Park Entry Arch
Number of Applications Allowed: 20
Call to Artists for an Arch that will be over the main pedestrian entrance to McEuen Park, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
DEADLINE: JUNE 6, 2013***********************************************NEW!!!
NEW ORLEANS, LA + POYDRA CORRIDOR SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
BUDGET: $ 75,000
Deadline: June 13, 2013 – see Pittsburgh list
Budget: $7,500 per project
Information: Go to Opportunity
I’m writing to share a Call for Artists for artwork at a transit station in Cleveland, Ohio. The full RFQ can be found here.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is partnering with LAND studio for a permanent public art project for a new transit station being built in Cleveland, Ohio.
I hope this is helpful and encouraging for you. There is some big money out there for public art.
Please let me know about your public art endeavors, adventures & successes. How did you win the award?
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