Rotating Sculpture Program (Keller, TX) - Call For Artists

Rotating Sculpture Program (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

Rotating Sculpture Program (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Keller Public Arts Board announces a call for artists for the 2022 Old Town Keller Rotating Sculpture Program, aiming to install sculptures that are diverse in style and media. The Board hopes to expose the local community to different types of art, increase tourism, and encourage visitors to the Old Town area by providing a dynamic and engaging exhibit.

The Keller Public Arts Board seeks six sculptures that are appropriate for public viewing and support the family friendly atmosphere of the City of Keller. Sculptures remain under the artist’s ownership and are loaned to the exhibit for a two‐year period. All sculptures must be “family appropriate” and pose no risk to public safety; no sexual, bloody, or violent content shall be accepted. Sculptures must be made of materials that can withstand the harsh Texas weather and require no maintenance by the City of Keller.

Click here for the application / registration

Enter by: 14 Mar 2022

The Old Town Keller area originally developed along the railroad tracks that served as the impetus for the founding of Keller. Once the site of a bustling train depot, city leaders now aim to establish Old Town as a destination for pedestrian-oriented businesses offering a variety of shopping, dining, and other services.

Artists must reside in Texas. All works must be original.

Artwork Specifications

  • Base must fit on 5’x5’ concrete pad.
  • Max Height of 12’
  • Max Weight 2,500 pounds
  • Sculpture must be ready for installation no later than June 1, 2022

Rotating Sculpture Program Artist Benefits

A $1,500 honorarium shall be awarded for each piece for the installation, exhibition, and removal of the artwork for a two‐year period. One‐half of the stipend will be provided to the artist upon
selection. The remainder shall be paid upon successful installation. One Best in Show winner shall be awarded an additional $500.

The existing 5’x5’ concrete pads shall be used for display and the City of Keller may provide some assistance with installation and removal of the artwork.  The artist will receive recognition via a plaque with their name at the pad site, and a photo of the sculpture, location, and contact information on the City’s website and Facebook page.

The selected artists may participate in the Keller Art Walk on November 12, 2022. The Old Town Keller area, where the sculptures are installed, is the backdrop for the festival where artists of all genres display and sell their work. The chosen artists have the opportunity to participate in the event with the free booth space and canopy provided them.

About the City of Keller

Keller, Texas is home to over 45,000 people who enjoy quality schools, thriving businesses, an award-winning parks and trails system, and excellent, efficient, and innovative municipal service. In 2001, the development of a Public Arts Program was a natural progression in the flourishing Keller community. Since then, public art has become an increasingly prominent feature in Keller thanks to the efforts of the city, private individuals, local businesses, civic organizations, and the community at large.

Keller has established a notable collection of sculptures and an annual schedule of family-friendly art events. Neighboring communities have used similar approaches to public art by pursuing permanent pieces, often for city facilities or as part of capital projects, and by establishing recurring, signature art events and festivals. The Keller art community regularly leverages available cultural resources in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area to bring a broader spectrum of art to Keller, often in creative or uncommon ways in order to distinguish the local arts program, and the city, from other areas.

The mission of the Public Arts Program is to support and promote a process that will encourage visual and performing arts in public places and to define the programs, policies, and guidelines for acquiring and commissioning of arts of the highest standards to enrich the quality of life for all residents and visitors of the City of Keller.

For more information, contact publicarts@cityofkeller.com.

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