To be recognized as a sculptor and effectively sell your work, you have to get your work out in the public eye. This will take some bucks – for applications, to rent the big truck, gas, road food, motel – plus a lot of time. But you can’t sit at home and expect people to drive up.
Some of the programs listed below will pay a stipend of $500 – $2000 for the lease of your sculpture for (usually) two years. You can’t make a living doing these (let alone break even), but you can get your work seen, build your resume and hopefully (eventually) make some sales.
Following are some excellent links with opportunities for sculptors:
Call for Entry – aka CAFE – be sure and register here first
Art Fair Sourcebook – reviews all the Art Shows – I’ve known sculptors to sell $100K at Art Shows
Art Opportunities Monthly – almost too many opportunities, coast to coast and world wide. Really inexpensive and very valuable.
Midwest Sculpture Initiative – I have many sculptor friends who participate in these exhibitions – mainly in Michigan and Ohio
International Sculpture Center – their monthly magazine always list opportunities, some only here – $55/year
ISC Members Area – opportunities, workshops, residencies, competitions and more
Sculpture.net – opportunities, news, events, competitions
Jobs, Grants, Scholarships – not sure if this link is kept up-to-date
Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk – 2012 Call to Artists – 6 programs listed
Art on the Corner – Grand Junction, Colorado