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The Earth Speaks V – Call For Artists

The Earth Speaks V – Call For Artists

Pocono Arts Council announces a call for artist for The Earth Speaks V, a juried exhibition on the climate crisis. The Earth Speaks V arises from a deepening concern for the climate crisis currently affecting our planet. Art has always been a powerful vehicle for raising consciousness. This exhibit hopes to bring to light our growing awareness of a crisis we can no longer ignore.

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Deadline: 8 Feb 2019

The Earth Speaks is an open call for work that focuses the attention of the viewing public on the gravity of climate change. Students are welcomed and encouraged to enter. Student entry fee: $15 for the first 2 entries, $10 each additional entry. Adult entry fee: $30 for the first two entries, $25 each additional entry. Discounts available for Pocono Arts Council members.

Juror: Harry C Tabak, studied painting and sculpture at The Art Students League of NY, Brooklyn College. Tabak’s early work reflects his bond to nature through his landscape paintings. Social commentary followed with an emphasis on environmental issues for nearly two decades.

Dunning Art Gallery at Northampton Community is a new gallery in Northeast Pennsylvania with a mission to provide opportunities for artists from a wide region. Professors often program lessons around the works exhibited in the gallery and often contact individual artists to participate.

Regional call with $1100 in awards available in a variety of mediums including 2-D, 3-D, photography, and printmaking.

  • Juror’s Choice Award: $250
  • 3-D Award: $100
  • Kay & Girard Lichty Climate Crisis Award: $250
  • 2-D Award: $100
  • Otto Grever Printmaking Award: $100
  • Photography Award: $100
  • ARTSPACE Student Award: $100
  • Origins Student Award: $50

About Pocono Arts Council

Founded in 1975, the Pocono Arts Council is the oldest and most established local arts service organization in the Pocono region of northeastern Pennsylvania. It serves as a “Chamber of Commerce” or umbrella organization for artists and arts organization in all disciplines, as well as the resident and tourist populations of the area. Its motto, Culture Builds Community, highlights Pocono Arts mission of art service, promotion, education, and advocacy. To date, over $2 million in arts grants have been provided to a 5 county area. The Earth Speaks has been one of the premiere exhibitions over the last five years and continues to grow.

For more information, contact director@poconoarts.org.


The Naked Print – Call For Artists

The Naked Print – Call For Artists

Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts announces a call for artists for The Naked Print: A Juried National Photography Exhibition. The Naked Print is a call for work with no boundary layer, no barrier between the viewer and the work. This is your chance to go topless, no glass, no glazing, display your work without reflections. Explore the physical qualities of ink or emulsion on paper, without hiding surface, texture and material under glass. Open to all subject matter, a juried call to celebrate the physicality of the print itself, the naked print.

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Deadline: 1 Dec 2018

Lose prints, top mounted prints, prints on aluminum, canvas, or fabric are some of the options. Sculptural works and handmade books are welcome. Float frames are acceptable as are conventionally framed and/ or matted work so long as there is no glazing. This call is open to all forms of photography and all photo based work, alternative processes, and photo based printmaking. The only requirement is that the work includes some form of photographic process and that you build no walls or barriers between the viewer and the work – no glass, no plexi unless it’s behind the print. Show us your true colors and go topless!

Entry Fee: Artists may submit up to ten photographs. The entry fee is $20 for the first two images and $10 for each subsequent image. All CAFE fees are non-refundable and must be paid by credit/debit card. Juror’s decisions are final.

Size Limit: Maximum size 48” including the frame. Artists may have multiple pieces (diptych, triptych) to make up one work.

Sales and Commissions: The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts retains a 40% commission on works sold, 20% for current members.

The Naked Print Juror

Stephen Fisher, a master printmaker and professor at Rhode Island Collage. Stephan earned an M.F.A. in printmaking from Yale University and has spent the better part of the past 35 years teaching printmaking. In addition, Stephen is an accomplished artist with a unique application of glass plate printmaking as part of his practice.

Fisher’s work has been exhibited in a variety international venues and earned numerous awards in a wide range of competitions. His drawings and prints can be found in numerous public, corporate, and private collections. Public recognition of Fisher’s efforts include three Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowships and a regional N.E.A. Fellowship.

Stephen has a fascination with the viscosity of light and the tactile, sensual quality of materials. Recognized for his hyper realistic drawings and prints he freely admits that on the most basic level all of his images are just so much dirt on paper. The tactile presence of material compulsively manipulated is perhaps the only real part of this realism.

The Naked Print Artist Benefits

This juried exhibition is your chance to show less conventional photo based work or experiment with new processes and materials. This is the opportunity you have been waiting for, a chance to exhibit work that may not conform to the framing or presentation restrictions of many galleries. There is $500 in prize money to be awarded by master printmaker Steven Fisher. $200 will be awarded for first place, $100 will be awarded for second place, and $50 for first third place. This is an incentive to try printing on aluminum, fabric, natural papers or any other less conventional surface. Challenge yourself to try something new.

About Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts

Located in the heart of Providence, The Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts is a member supported resource center dedicated to promoting and supporting the photographic endeavors of its members through exhibitions and workshops. They run a full schedule of exhibitions year round focused on contemporary photography and work incorporating photographic processes. They are Rhode Island’s only gallery dedicated exclusively to exhibiting and promoting photography. RICPA runs a balanced mix of member exhibitions, invitational exhibitions, and open calls for entries. They strive to challenge our members by constantly presenting new work, balancing cutting edge work with more traditional processes and techniques. Our goal is to expand the value and appreciation of the photographic arts in the wider community.

For more information, contact gallery@riphotocenter.org.


Artfest 2019 – Call For Artists

Artfest 2019 – Call For Artists

The Venice-Nokomis Rotary club announces a call for artists for the 27th annual Artfest 2019, to be held 1/19/19 – 1/20/19 in beautiful Venice, FL. This two-day event features 100 artists, live music, children’s area, car shows, food trucks, and beer and wine. It is the largest fundraiser for the Venice-Nokomis Rotary club, with annual attendance in the thousands. The grounds are ample. Artists can park and stay behind their exhibits. The club provides overnight security. Many artists choose to stay on the property in their motor homes or campers.

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Deadline: 1 Dec 2018

Beautiful and historic Venice, FL is located on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a very popular winter destination for tourists and snowbirds alike. The Venice-Nokomis Rotary 27th annual Artfest 2019 is one of the premier events to showcase artistic talent.

Prizes are awarded for: Best in Show, Category prizes, and Merit awards. In addition to cash prizes, Venice-Nokomis Rotary provides free lunch on Saturday. This year, the club is partnering with the City of Venice Public Works Department in a family friendly RoadEO, which will boost attendance by several thousand.

About the Venice-Nokomis Rotary

Venice-Nokomis Rotary is the largest Rotary International group in the Venice area. The Artfest is their biggest annual fundraiser. Proceeds are dedicated to local youth organizations and non-profits. Some of the groups that benefit from our festival include: Venice High School athletics and the Rotary Futures program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Sarasota County, Our Mother’s House, Laurel Civic Association, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Venice Youth boating, the Venice Theatre youth programs, the Venice Symphony youth programs, and Venice Little League. Annually, the Venice Nokomis Rotary contributes more than $50,000 to these local youth organizations.

For more information, contact mail@venicenokomisrotary.org.


Inspired – Call For Artists

Inspired – Call For Artists

The Susquehanna Art Museum announces a call for artists for Inspired: Contemporary Responses to a Legacy of Courage, a juried exhibition in the Lobby Gallery and DeSoto Family Vault. June 28 – July 1, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall uprising. The uprising, a series of violent demonstrations, was a spontaneous moment of courageous activism by members of the LGBTQ+ community against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the United States and around the world. To recognize and commemorate this historic moment, Susquehanna Art Museum is partnering with the LGBT Center of Central PA and Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections to open the LGBTQ+ history project collection to artists and creators. The collection documents the stories and history of LGBTQ+ life and activism in Central PA.

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Deadline: 4 Apr 2019

Susquehanna Art Museum’s 2019 juried exhibition provides an opportunity for artists to visit the collection at the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections. Artists are tasked with creating original works of art inspired by the items in the collection. Works selected for this exhibition should provide a contemporary reflection on a pivotal moment in American LGBTQ+ history. Submissions may consider the history of the LGBTQ+ community, the continued search for equity and inclusion both nationally and globally, social justice for marginalized groups, or other expressions of creativity inspired by the collection. These works may include, but are not limited to: ceramics, mixed media sculpture, painting, drawing, performance, video, the written word, and graphic design.

Jurors: Barry Loveland, Chair of the LGBT Center of Central PA History Project and Lauren Nye, Director of Exhibitions, Susquehanna Art Museum.

Fees: Submissions to this year’s juried exhibition are free to commemorate the unique partnership of Central Pennsylvania organizations. Each artist may submit up to three pieces.

Prize: Viewer’s Choice – $250, voting takes place at the exhibition

About The Susquehanna Art Museum

Nestled within the Capital City’s emerging midtown neighborhood in a newly reclaimed building, the Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM) serves as a catalyst in the Commonwealth to offer superior educational programming and diverse exhibitions. As a non-collecting institution, SAM has the ability to create a rotating schedule of exhibitions through the year to address both historic and contemporary movements in art and art history. As the only dedicated art museum in the capital region, they believe that the emotional response to art has the ability to foster human connectedness. They are committed to engaging diverse audiences through exhibitions and experiences that promote understanding and social discourse.

For more information, contact LNye@SusquehannaArtMuseum.org.

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Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition – Call For Artists

Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition – Call For Artists

The City of Penticton is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition (PPSE). Created in 2016, the PPSE is a year-long outdoor exhibit of original sculptures. The sculptures are owned by the artists and leased by the City of Penticton. The city is looking for up to five (5) sculptures which will be located along the Okanagan Lake waterfront or downtown in Penticton, BC.

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Deadline: 14 Dec 2018

Completed sculptures or proposed designs can be submitted. For proposed designs, examples of previous work must be included and detailed drawings of the proposed sculpture. Sculptures are required to remain on site for the duration of the exhibition (May 4, 2019 – April 30, 2020).  A stainless steel base plate or steel strips should be securely attached to the bottom of each piece(s) so they can be welded to the pedestal or fastened to a concrete pad. All sculptures need to be made of a durable material for the yearlong outdoor setting. They must be constructed with safety in mind for display in a public setting. Metal sculptures should be sealed/powder-coated to avoid rust bleeding onto pedestal or pad. Sculptures being proposed must be a minimum of 3’ high.

Penticton Public Sculpture Exhibition Artist Benefits

Artists will be paid a set lease price of $2,600 for the waterfront/downtown sculptures. Artwork displayed in a highly visible public area with foot traffic throughout the year. Artist recognition and information displayed online and in print through various media. Signage encouraging the sale of artist’s work. Invitation to an artists reception and talk, along with a grand opening and unveiling ceremony.

About the City of Penticton

The City of Penticton is a vibrant, innovative, adventurous waterfront City focused on sustainability, community, and economic opportunity. Penticton is located in the south central region of British Columbia in an area known collectively as the Okanagan Valley. With over 2100 hours of sunshine and only 15 inches of rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year round.

Penticton is one of two cities in the world situated between two lakes. Beaches and water fun are part of the Summer culture – dive in like a local and get wet. Okanagan and Skaha Beaches feature nearly 15 acres of premium, sandy beach and swimming areas. Along with all of the year-round recreational activities available, agriculture has been an important contributor to Penticton’s livelihood. There are over 80 wineries in the Penticton metropolitan area, 5 craft breweries, and 3 distilleries all within easy distance of the downtown core.

For more information, contact kelsey.johnson@penticton.ca.

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St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 – Call For Artists

St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 – Call For Artists

The Allied Arts Council and the City of Saint Joseph, Missouri seek sculptures to be placed in Downtown Saint Joseph for the St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019. Sculpture artists are invited to submit work for this one-year sculpture exhibition scheduled from June 2019-May 2020. The walking tour is in the heart of St. Joseph. It features the work of artists from across the United States.

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Deadline: 1 Feb 2019

Artists must own the rights to the artwork and the sculpture must be available for the duration of the one-year contract. All St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 sculptures are available for purchase.

The St Joseph Sculpture Walk through the Allied Arts Council is the only sculpture walk exhibition in Northwest Missouri that calls for artists and requires submissions. Saint Joseph, Missouri is a unique blend of natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and beautiful, historic architecture. The mission of the Saint Joseph Sculpture Walk is to be an important, nationally recognized platform for sculptures while educating and inspiring the Saint Joseph community and its many visitors. The Sculpture Walk is a program of the Allied Arts Council that introduces contemporary outdoor public art and sculptures to the community. The Walk is a year-long exhibit of national, juried, outdoor sculptures displayed in Downtown St. Joseph and includes an eclectic mix of fifteen sculptures from artists nationwide.

St Joseph Sculpture Walk 2019 Artist Benefits

Selected sculptures/sculptors will receive a $500 honorarium. All sculptures selected will be competing for up to $13,000 in cash prize awards. Your sculpture will be on display for one year in Downtown St. Joseph. There is an artists’ reception and awards ceremony before the first official walk. People travel to St. Joseph to experience the Sculpture Walk. Individuals who participate in the walk will vote on which sculpture is their favorite. The Allied Arts Council will purchase a sculpture to become a permanent part of Saint Joseph’s public art collection. Sculptures have not only been purchased by the Allied Arts Council, but also by other organizations in St. Joseph.

About Allied Arts Council

The Allied Arts Council, the second oldest arts council in Missouri, was organized in 1963 to provide service to St. Joseph area arts organizations, artists, and the general public. The Council has since grown into a federation of fifteen arts agencies, produces community arts programs, raises funds, promotes public awareness, and provides service and support to its member agencies. The Allied Arts Council seeks to make St. Joseph a better place to live through the arts. Its mission is to provide leadership and support for the arts and to its member organizations.

As the leadership organization for the arts in St Joseph, the Council fulfills its mission in several ways: by supporting its member organizations in promoting artistic opportunities by; providing financial support and fostering coordinated cultural planning; offering programs to educate and develop future audiences; providing forums of expression for local artists; and advocating for arts and its member organizations at the local, state, and national levels. The Allied Arts Council is managed by a professional staff of four and 31 board of directors. Programs utilize over 2,000 volunteers each year.

For more information, contact artstaff@stjoearts.org.

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Currents New Media 2019 – Call For Artists

Currents New Media 2019 – Call For Artists

Currents New Media is an annual new media arts festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its tenth year will take place from June 6 – 23, 2019. The Currents New Media 2019 festival is accepting artist submissions in all new media art genres.

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Deadline: 5 Nov 2018

Currents New Media festival is the largest and longest-running of its kind in the United States and is an integral part of an exciting emerging media arts movement in Santa Fe. This year’s categories include Interactive Environments, Entrance Design, Installations (Interactive and non-interactive), Outdoor Installations and Projections, Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality Environments, Robotics, Multimedia Performance, Digitally Generated Objects (ie. 3D Printing, CNC, and more), Interactive Installations for Children, Single Channel Video and Animation, and Experimental Documentary.

Currents New Media 2019 Artist Benefits

Specific chosen artists will benefit from this opportunity by being flown out to Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA to install their art. They will be housed by Currents New Media in a hotel nearby the festival. They will be invited to spend several days in Santa Fe to experience the city. There is a possibility of giving an artist talk, presentation, or workshop at the festival.  In 2018, the opening night of the festival boasted over 3,000 attendees.

About Currents New Media

Currents New Media is a new media arts festival and nonprofit organization in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Predating organizations like Meow Wolf and SITE Santa Fe, Currents is changing the trajectory of New Mexico and the American Southwest into an emerging and new media arts hub. Currents has worked with over 700 artists and exhibited nearly 1,000 individual artworks and installations. Currents is moving into a permanent gallery space along with its annual June Festival, and its 10th anniversary in 2019 is scheduled to be its largest year yet.

For more information, contact connect@currentsnewmedia.org.


July – December 2019 Exhibits – Call For Artists

July – December 2019 Exhibits – Call For Artists

Applications are now being accepted by the Newton Free Library for July – December 2019 Exhibits. Applicants must be from the New England region (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island). All work presented must be original and produced within the last three years. Giclée reproductions of original work will not be accepted. Giclée printed photographs are excepted.

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Deadline: 7 Dec 2018

The Walker System is used for July – December 2019 Exhibits. Therefore, artwork must have a wire across the back to accommodate this system. Free-standing sculptural pieces are not shown. Artists are responsible for hanging their work using the Walker Rods. Please refrain from submitting material that is obscene, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate for the library environment. One packet per artist, please. If you are applying for a group show, submit one combined packet. If you have shown here before you are welcome to apply again in two years. You must be available to show for at least four out of the six months in the current round. If accepted, the library will determine when your show will take place and in which space. The assignments are fixed and cannot be changed.

July – December 2019 Exhibits Artist Benefits

No commission for work sold. The Newton Free Library does outreach to help promote artists’ work. They are successful in obtaining media coverage which attracts attention to our galleries. They have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Newton Free Library is one of the busiest public library buildings in the state of Massachusetts. They present monthly shows of two-dimensional works by New England area artists in their exhibiting spaces, the Gallery and Main Hall. They are a state-of-the-art facility visited by more than 15,000 people weekly. The Library Art Committee meets twice each year to select shows for the following year. They have ongoing listings in Art New England and other area publications including the local press. Art shows are featured on our homepage.

About the Newton Free Library

The Newton Free Library is a community center at the heart of cultural activity in our city. In addition to art gallery openings, the programming calendar includes a wide variety of events for all ages. They have a concert series which often attracts a standing room only audience (150+) on Sundays. It takes place in a room adjacent to the galleries.

Newton, MA is a city south west of Boston with a population of approximately 85K. Many of the residents are highly educated and include more than one Nobel Prize winner. Most are very tuned into the shows in our gallery shows and eagerly await them each month.

For more information, contact artapplication@newtonfreelibrary.net.


76th Regional Exhibition – Call For Artists

76th Regional Exhibition – Call For Artists

The Arnot Art Museum announces a call for artists for their 76th Regional Exhibition. Artists must be 18 or older and live in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Work over five years old or shown before in any Arnot Art Museum exhibition is not eligible. There is a maximum of two entries per artist.

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Deadline: 6 Feb 2019

Although the Arnot Art Museum maintains a primary focus on representational art, the Museum welcomes the submission of non-objective work for the biennial Regional Exhibitions. All painting and drawing, media, sculpture, graphics, photography, clay, textiles, jewelry, wood or metal work, and mixed media are eligible for entry. Works should not exceed 96 inches in any dimension or weigh more than 150 pounds. Works must be framed or otherwise ready for hanging/installation. Artists proposing to submit work requiring specialized installation should confer with Museum staff before the entry deadline.

76th Regional Exhibition Artist Benefits

Works selected for the 76th Regional Exhibition will be on display in the Museum’s West Wing Galleries from 15 March until 14 June 2019.

Artists whose works are selected for the exhibition receive two complimentary ceremony tickets for the Gala Reception and Awards Ceremony to be held on 15 March 2019. The 76th Regional Exhibition offers $10,000 in cash awards to be distributed among the juror selections.

About Arnot Art Museum

The mission of the Arnot Art Museum is to preserve the original collection of Matthias H. Arnot and, with a primary focus on representational art, to collect and exhibit works of art possessing the highest quality, merit, enduring worth, and interest for the purpose of:

  • promoting an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts;
  • providing inspiration, enjoyment, and enlightenment to the largest possible audience;
  • enhancing the culture of our region; and
  • nurturing a local, regional, and national role based on our collection.

The Arnot Art Museum is a landmark in downtown Elmira, housed in the 1833 neo-classical mansion of John Arnot, Sr. His son, Matthias H. Arnot, added a Picture Gallery in the 1880’s. Matthias Arnot bequeathed his home and collection in 1910 to become the Arnot Art Museum. The Museum displays a permanent collection of seventeenth- to nineteenth-century European paintings, nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art, and collections of Asian and Egyptian artifacts. Temporary exhibitions highlight various aspects of the collections and include works from museums around the world. The Museum welcomes visitors of all backgrounds and levels of experience, and is fully handicap accessible.

For more information, contact engagement@arnotartmuseum.org.

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Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2019- Call For Artists

Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2019- Call For Artists

Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2019 showcases over thirty outdoor sculptures from local, regional and international artists in a rotating gallery in the downtown core. All of the sculptures are available for sale or lease with the winning sculpture (vote) purchased by the City. Sculpturewalk has rapidly become one of the premiere arts events in Canada, drawing people to the beautiful city of Castlegar, BC and earning the trademark The Sculpture Capital of Canada™.

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Deadline: 31 Oct 2018

Downtown Castlegar is one of the few venues in Canada where artists have the opportunity to show and sell outdoor sculptural work. It brings international artists to the community and supports emerging local and regional talent. Castlegar’s annual exhibit is more than three times the size of that first year. The permanent collection grows with each People’s Choice award. Public enthusiasm for this cultural economy experiment increases at a similar pace. It places Sculpturewalk at the epicenter of a regional culture boom.

Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2019 Artist Benefits

Each participating artist receives an honorarium of $500 (Canadian) and up to $250 in shipping costs. The winning sculpture is purchased for up to $15K. There are additional cash prizes of $7K in two categories: the People’s Choice Vote (via ballot) and Artistic Merit Awards (juried). Accommodation for the installation/opening weekend is covered along with an opening gala. Sculpturewalk has an excellent sales/leasing program. The artist receives 70% of all sales and leasing fees. Many of these sculptures are located throughout the West Kootenay area and British Columbia. A free calendar is produced showcasing the artists work.

About Castlegar Sculpturewalk

The benefits of the Sculpturewalk program to Castlegar have been huge. The program has an even broader impact to the cultural economy than initially imagined. The Kootenays are an area rich with artists, but galleries – particularly outdoor ones – are extremely limited or entirely unavailable to outdoor sculptures. It is important that Castlegar brings international artists to the community to share their perspectives. It is crucial that emerging local and regional artists are supported. With this experience, many artists have gone on to win large-scale commissions in larger, urban centres.

With additional pieces showcased annually, Castlegar is able to feature sculptures from across the world and down the street. It is amazing to look back at how the community has created a vibrant, dynamic public art program respected world-wide. Castlegar Sculpturewalk is the #1 rated local attraction on TripAdvisor.

For more information, contact info@castlegarsculpturewalk.com.

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