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Share Your Response To The Art Preserve (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

Share Your Response To The Art Preserve (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The John Michael Kohler Arts Center invites you to submit a proposal for a project that shares a personal response to one or more artworks on the first floor of the Art Preserve, the home of the Arts Center’s collection of artist-built environments. Every visitor to the Art Preserve connects to the work in a different way. How can an emotional response become a poem, a nostalgic connection be translated into dance, musings of future dreams and visions be interpreted in song, or newfound questions about our world be depicted through sculpture?

Sharing these responses fosters new understandings about the collection, each other, and ourselves. The Arts Center invites makers of all mediums to submit proposals for work that makes tangible their response to the first floor of the Art Preserve.

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Enter by: 16 May 2022

Accepted proposals will be exhibited at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

  • Notification of Acceptance by Friday, June 10, 2022
  • Completed Projects Due by Monday, August 29, 2022
  • Exhibition: October 2022–February 2023, exact dates TBD

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is world-renowned for artist environments and generating a creative exchange between artists and the public. Artists selected will have the chance to create responsive art based on the Art Preserve exhibitions and be featured alongside other talented artists selected to show the impact that art makes. Additionally, artists who have a connection to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center receive regular communication regarding additional opportunities.

About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a lively visual and performing arts complex dedicated to generating creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public. JMKAC’s original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts, community arts initiatives, education programs, and publications promote appreciation of and engagement with the work of contemporary and self-taught artists. The Arts Center actively nurtures emerging and mid-career artists, giving them a range of opportunities to create new work including the internationally respected Arts/Industry residency program.

For more information, contact xfiss@jmkac.org.

Image: Installation view of works by Carl Peterson (foreground) and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein at the Art Preserve, 2021.


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.

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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.


Bates Street Public Art Benches (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

Bates Street Public Art Benches (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The City of Keller Public Arts Board announces a call for artists for the Bates Street Public Art Benches, selecting up to 12 artists for the design and installation of unique outdoor benches located along Bates Street in the city’s Old Town Keller district. The goal of the project is to add seating that is both functional and artistically interesting. The Board seeks designs that are original alternatives to traditional public street benches that complement the overarching goals of the city’s Old Town Keller Improvements Project.

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Enter by: 18 Feb 2022

The imagination of the artist is the guide. There is not a theme for the benches. Selected artists will have their sculpted bench, with recognition, installed at the Bates Street Park and festival street. The chosen artists will receive $8,000 per bench to include design, fabrication, and installation of the bench. Selected artists shall receive one-half of the honorarium upon execution of the contract and one-half upon delivery and installation of the work. The artists bench will be listed along with all other permanent sculpture in the Keller Public Arts permanent collection on the website.

About Keller Public Arts

Keller Public Arts (KPA) is a growing arts program within the City of Keller, Texas. Throughout its history, KPA has acquired 15 permanent sculptures and 11 sculptures, half of which rotate out every 2 years through a call for art. The program boasts 5 gallery art shows in the Town Hall yearly, displaying a wide variety of art in multiple genres. The big event of the KPA is the annual Keller Art Walk in November. Artists, musicians, and dancers come together for a fall festival celebrating the arts.

For more information, contact publicarts@cityofkeller.com.


Sarasota Architectural Photo Show (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

Sarasota Architectural Photo Show (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Art Center Sarasota (ACS) invites artists of all ages and skill levels to submit their photography to the Sarasota Architectural Photo Show. This show focuses on the architecture specific to Sarasota and the area around it. Go take a photo of your favorite building, place, or moment.

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Deadline: 3 Oct 2021

This exhibition is open to all photography highlighting both residential and commercial architecture within Sarasota County to showcase at Art Center Sarasota. This show is open to all photography media. Juror(s) will see all requested information except the artist’s name and price. ACS Exhibitions Committee asks jurors to make all selections based solely on artistic merit. In an effort to maintain best gallery practices, ACS implements the following rules and regulations for this juried exhibition.

Awards will be decided by the jurors, Carl Abbott – FAIA, award winning local architect and member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, and Noelle McCleaf – photographer exploring themes of memory, relationship, and identity in the landscape of South Florida.

Sarasota Architectural Photo Show Awards

  • First place receiving $500
  • Second place receiving $300
  • Third place receiving $200
  • Two Merit Awards and Honorable Mentions

All accepted artworks will be on display and for sale in the gallery from October 14 – November 27, 2021. Opening reception is October 14, 2021, 6pm at Art Center Sarasota. Promotion includes press-releases, social media coverage, physical mailings, and art events.

About Art Center Sarasota

Situated on the historic Sarasota Bayfront, Art Center Sarasota is the center of Sarasota’s visual arts community.

Art Center Sarasota is a member-supported organization that engages the entire artistic community by providing educational programs and exhibitions to local and regional artists and those who simply enjoy the visual arts.

The Center’s educational programs engage novice to professional artists with artist demonstrations, lectures, workshops, and classes. Art Center Sarasota hosts international and local teaching artists to enrich Sarasota’s cultural diversity. Youth programs such as the Creative Kids Art Camps and Slice of Art nurture developing minds.

The Center’s exhibitions program shows contemporary works in its three curated galleries, designed to inspire and challenge the viewer. The large atrium gallery is dedicated to showcasing the Sarasota and region’s talented artists in juried competitions.

Art Center Sarasota relies on a corps of dedicated volunteers to assist with everything from fundraising to exhibitions and supporting the staff in many ways.

For more information, contact artcentersarasota@gmail.com.


Central Avenue Artwork Installation (Jersey City, NJ) – Call For Artists

Central Avenue Artwork Installation (Jersey City, NJ) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation (CASID), in partnership with the City of Jersey City and the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs Office, is pleased to announce a new call for artists for a Central Avenue Artwork Installation, aiming to expand the outdoor art gallery along Central Avenue, Jersey City.

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Deadline: 30 Jul 2021

The CASID is seeking well-executed proposals for its main street community. Proposals should be family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Selected artwork will be commissioned for installation late summer/ early fall 2021 and paid upon completion. Central Avenue is a ¾ mile main thoroughfare consisting of 240 storefronts and is centrally located in Hudson County (estimated population 672,400).

The Central Avenue Artwork Installation artwork should complement Central Avenue’s main street environment and contribute to positive energy, boost morale, and upbeat attitudes among residents, visitors, and shoppers. This project will further the neighborhood’s long-term goal of adding art destination to Hudson County’s distinct resume.

The artist with the winning mural design(s) will receive agreed monetary compensation and be featured on the organization’s website and other social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Artists will have the opportunity to address the public at a press conference.

“My wife and I found this so appropriate since the people of Jersey City were incredibly friendly and appreciative. People either walking by or shouting from their car windows said Thank You. WOW! I should be thanking them. The people of Jersey City were so engaged; this made the artwork for us. We painted a traffic box, but the people gave it the meaning we intended. That is, people being connected, sharing, and helping one another. Another observation was that the people were wearing their face masks – the caring for one another was evident. Thank you to the people of Jersey City and to Alexa, Executive Director of Central Avenue SID Management Corp.” – Micheal Cooper artist for “Together Again & Again” located off of Central and Bower St in September 2020.

About Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation

Central Avenue in Jersey City prides itself on the outdoor art gallery along the shopping corridor. New Jersey Advance Media named Central Avenue the most eye-popping one mile walk in Jersey City in 2019. This year will mark Central Avenue’s twelfth consecutive year installing artwork. With over 20 art pieces on the avenue, colorful artwork is appreciated by hundreds of shoppers each day. Heights neighborhood as a hub of culture and commerce. This new installation will add to a flourishing outdoor art gallery which already includes art on seven traffic boxes and five splendid murals. The main street shopping district in adjacent to the Riverview Arts District and this project will further the neighborhood’s long-term goal of adding “art destination” to Hudson County’s distinct resume.

For more information, contact ALima@jcheights.com.


Lansdowne Arts On The Avenue Festival (Lansdowne, PA) – Call For Artists

Lansdowne Arts On The Avenue Festival (Lansdowne, PA) – Call For Artists

The Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation announces a call for artists for the Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue Festival, to be held Sunday, October 3rd from 12-6pm. This popular outdoor event is an all-day festival of fine art, artisan craftsmanship, music, local food trucks, and children’s entertainment. The show is juried. Artists will be selected on quality of work and diversity of the show. This is a rain or shine event, no rain date.

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Deadline: 2 May 2022

$25 fee at the time of application, plus $75 vendor fee due upon acceptance.

The Lansdowne Arts Festival has been an annual local favorite, celebrating arts and music in Lansdowne since 2003. In 2016, the popular event expanded. Moving outside, the new Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue Festival features live music, artists, performances, demonstrations, activities for the kids, food trucks, and a beer garden. In 2019, the festival began taking place during Delco Arts week, in partnership with The Delaware County Arts Consortium. A collaboration of cultural groups working to advance the economic vitality of the nonprofit arts and culture community and promote the value of cultural resources to the local community.

About Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation

Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is a non-profit corporation whose goal is to generate economic activity and encourage investment in Lansdowne. We do this through a variety of events and services for current and potential businesses, as well as residents and visitors. The LEDC envisions Lansdowne as a regional destination with an historic, walkable downtown, a thriving mix of businesses, and a vibrant arts and culture community. Our mission is to support, encourage, and promote sustainable economic growth in the Borough of Lansdowne through focused community and economic development activities.

For more information, contact artists@lansdowneartsfestival.com.


Meredith Pier Public Art Project (Bodega Bay, CA) – Call For Artists

Meredith Pier Public Art Project (Bodega Bay, CA) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Creative Sonoma announces a call for artists for the Meredith Pier Public Art Project in Bodega Bay, CA. This opportunity is for a public art installation located at the site of the former Meredith Pier. The Meredith Fish Company pier and cannery building was originally built nearly 80 years ago, which was abandoned and then fell into disrepair. The site was formally condemned in 2004 as physically and environmentally unsafe posing dangers to residents, visitors, the water surrounding it, and its ecosystems. The pier is currently being demolished, leaving behind a cement “footprint” on which this public art project will be sited.

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Deadline: 12 Apr 2021

Bodega Bay is the ancestral land of the Coast Miwok Native Americans. The community has a rich and diverse history of cultures, industries, and economies. Potential themes for the artwork include, but are not limited to:

  • Acknowledgement of the area’s history and the heritage that carries forward
  • Homage to the lives of the people who have and currently populate the area, as well as those who have lost their lives at sea as an opportunity for reflection and contemplation by their friends and families
  • Celebration of the ecology and conservation of the Bodega Bay waterway

A Sonoma County artist will have the opportunity to install art on a site that holds a lot of history, and something for the future. Projects will be funded up to $10,000. This should be inclusive of artist fees as well as all expenses related to design development including engineering, fabrication, transportation, installation of the artwork, insurance, and other project related expenses.

About Creative Sonoma

Creative Sonoma provides programs and services to help their creative community do what they do better. They believe that creativity lives in us all – it just takes a little care and feeding. They believe that the people who have spent a career exercising their creative muscles make the community more vibrant, interesting, provocative, and satisfying. In this case, they believe that more is more.

Creative Sonoma defines the creative community as individuals, organizations, and businesses whose work is creative at its core. That means artists, craftspeople, nonprofits, and business enterprises working across all creative disciplines and genres. They consider writers, actors, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, technologists, design firms, galleries, recording studios, metal workers, instrument manufacturers, and many more to be a part of the creative community.

For more information, contact creativesonoma@sonoma-county.org.


Brush to Table Picnic Table Project (Milford, MA) – Call For Artists

Brush to Table Picnic Table Project (Milford, MA) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Milford Cultural Council (MCC) announces a call for artists for the public art Brush to Table picnic table project, seeking artists to design and paint a series of 10 picnic tables to be displayed in various areas in Milford, MA. Brush to Table is the MCC’s first public art initiative. They look forward to showcasing a diverse range of talent. Table sponsors will negotiate stipends with artists. Artists and sponsors will be recognized on an engraved metal plaque attached to each table. Finished tables will be put on public display in mid-July. The tables are one piece with benches attached, all made from pressure-treated wood. Dimensions are given in the entry form.

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Deadline: 16 Apr 2021

Artists must complete the entry form, which includes a template for depicting their proposed design. Design proposals should be positive, original, and colorful as well as (but are not required to) reflect the following: the immediate environment in which the table is located, the character or culture of the Town of Milford, the history of the area, community pride, and creativity. All design proposals must be family friendly and; therefore, appropriate for all viewing audiences. Designs cannot include letters or numbers.

Brush to Table Artist Benefits

Chosen artists will receive a stipend between $250-$500 to be negotiated with the sponsor. Their work will be showcased in five different parks in town, therefore being viewed by thousands every year. Plus, the artist’s work will be highlighted in local media including print, radio, and TV. Although this project will be the first public art initiative in Milford for quite some time, Milford, MA is the proud host to an equestrian statue by Daniel Chester French. It sits atop a pedestal by Henry Bacon. All artists who present proposals will be added to an artist database for reference for future projects.

About Milford Cultural Council

The Milford Cultural Council seeks to promote excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Milford residents, thereby contributing to the vitality of the community and economy. This year, MCC awarded over $15,000 in grants for a diverse range of projects, events, and performances including photography, music, local history, ballet, choral music, online art exhibitions, lectures, and environmental science internships for high school students.

For more information, contact culturalcouncil@townofmilford.com.


Cover Art (Ketchum, ID) – Call For Artists

Cover Art (Ketchum, ID) – Call For Artists

The City of Ketchum, Idaho, invites experienced artists to apply for a “Cover Art” public art project. Artwork by one selected artist will be transferred to vinyl and applied (wrapped) on three garage doors on the exterior of the Recreation Building at the City of Ketchum’s Atkinson Park. The intention of the project is to use public infrastructure as a canvas to enliven the community with art. The Recreation Building faces a heavily-used playground on the grounds of Hemingway STEAM School, a school for students in grades K–8, and the garage doors are seen by hundreds of playground and park users every day.

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Deadline: 14 Jan 2021

The Cover Art Project began in 2012. During the inaugural year, the Ketchum Arts Commission (KAC) wrapped six utility boxes in four locations in the City of Ketchum. Since that time the city has added an additional 12 boxes to its Cover Art collection. Between 2014 and 2018, Ketchum, in collaboration with the Sun Valley Company, the US Forest Service, and the USDI Bureau of Land Management, wrapped three gondola cars on Bald Mountain. Cover Art projects in and around Ketchum continue to be very popular with area residents and visitors.

The selected artist will receive an artist fee of $1800. It is payable in two installments: $900 upon the City of Ketchum’s receipt of a signed artist contract; $900 upon installation of the final artwork onto the garage doors. Artist is responsible for all costs associated with photography of original artwork in preparation for transfer to vinyl wrap.

About The Ketchum Arts Commission

The Ketchum Arts Commission (KAC) was created by the City of Ketchum in 2007 with the objective of integrating arts and culture into the community’s life.

The KAC consists of local volunteers who are active in and passionate about the arts. Numerous other individuals donate time and services to help implement the KAC’s initiatives.

Ketchum is a diverse mountain resort community adjacent to the Sun Valley Resort. Sun Valley Resort is known as one of the country’s premier ski resorts noted for its European style terrain. Ketchum’s early roots were in mining and sheep herding. Today it is known for its outdoor recreational opportunities and its sophisticated arts and cultural offerings.

For more information, contact ksharp@ketchumidaho.org.


Street Painting Festival (Las Vegas, NV) – Call For Artists

Street Painting Festival (Las Vegas, NV) – Call For Artists

Via Las Vegas announces a call for artists for their Street Painting Festival. They are looking for incredible artists to create extraordinary art. Making art is all about the journey. What better way to enjoy creating than with others to witness the magic you bring to life. Pastels are the medium and the street is your canvas. The event is free to the public, meant to promote the arts and artists of Las Vegas, and makes art engaging for all. This includes people with special needs in the ‘Art-For-All’ Wall.

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Deadline: 20 Jul 2020

There are no fees to participate.

No idea what street painting is or how to do it? No problem. Via Las Vegas will host several artists’ workshops for anyone interested in learning more about street painting or just to get a feel for what the event is all about.

Event dates: September 19th and 20th, 2020. Expect 10-15 thousand people over the two day weekend.

Street Painting Festival Participant Benefits

All participating artists will be promoted on the Via Las Vegas website with their photo and bio as soon as they are confirmed. Via Las Vegas will promote participants via Instagram and FB with posts about each artist leading up to the event. Participants will receive supplies to create their work, goodie bag filled with fun items from sponsors, festival T-shirt, food over 2 day weekend, free artist workshops leading up to the event, artist reception, and, of course, an incredible audience to view your masterpiece.

Artists are encouraged to pass out cards and flyers with their information while they work for anyone interested in commissioning them for a project.

About Via Las Vegas

Via Las Vegas is a non-profit arts festival hosted by Tivoli Village.

For more information, contact melanie@vialasvegas.org.

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