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Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition (Newport Beach, CA) – Call For Artists

Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition (Newport Beach, CA) – Call For Artists

The City of Newport Beach is pleased to announce a call for entries for Phase V of its ongoing Invitational Sculpture Exhibition, the Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition, to further activate the splendor of the City’s Civic Center Park. Artists, private collectors, galleries, and museums/non-profit institutions are invited to submit artworks for consideration for a temporary exhibition at the site. Up to ten artworks may be selected and showcased for two years in the heart of Newport Beach in Civic Center Park.

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Deadline: 15 Jan 2020

Works will remain on display for approximately two years with installation planned in May 2020 and de-installation scheduled for June 2022.

The City seeks a well-balanced exhibit of public art emphasizing a variety of styles, types, and sizes as well as a diverse pool of artists. The artist selection committee will determine specific locations for artworks within the Park grounds.

  • Artistic Merit: Artists shall have substantial professional qualifications and high-quality artwork that demonstrates originality and artistic excellence. Private collectors, galleries, and museum/non-profit organizations shall have professional reputations for collecting and exhibiting high-quality artwork that shows creativity and artistic excellence.
  • Durability: The Selection Committee will consider only artwork made of high-quality materials which can withstand the natural elements of coastal Southern California for a minimum of two years. Consideration will be given to structural and surface integrity, protection against theft and vandalism, and requiring minimal to no maintenance.
  • Meets Minimum Requirements: Artworks must be available for the duration of the exhibition period and prepared for installation, in most cases, on a concrete foundation or footings. Artworks, when installed, will be readily visible from the interpretive trails. They should be suitable for viewing from all angles. Artworks shall be appropriate for audiences of all ages.
  • Site Responsiveness: Artwork should be appropriate in scale, material, and content for the immediate, general, social, and physical environments to which they relate. Artworks will be installed in unsupervised areas and must not exhibit unsafe conditions or factors that may bear on public liability, as members of the public may come into contact with the works.

Artworks which incorporate sustainable strategies, demonstrate green processes or utilize green design, materials theories, and techniques are welcome, but not required.

Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition Artist Benefits

Selected artists will receive an honorarium of between $2,500 and $6,000 in exchange for a two-year loan of their artwork. Honoraria will be determined by the Selection Committee depending on the artist’s preliminary budget, complexity of the project, weight, and size. The budget shall be used to cover transportation of the artwork to and from the exhibition site, structural engineering documents (if required), any insurance needed or desired for artwork transport and display, and fees for on-site availability during installation and removal. No other fees or expense reimbursements are offered. Artists will receive half of the honorarium upon signing the contract and the second half of the payment after de-installation.

Artworks may be available for purchase during the exhibition period. Artists who wish to make their artwork available for sale agree that their piece shall not be de-installed until the conclusion of the exposition period. The City of Newport Beach will not request a commission from the sale of artwork.

About Civic Center Park

The 14-acre, ocean-view site was specially designed by renowned landscape architect Peter Walker as an intended sculpture garden. The Civic Center Park has also developed into a destination for visitors and residents of Newport Beach to gather for civic events and activities including summer concerts on the lawn, art shows, docent-led sculpture park tours, visits to the dog park, or leisurely walks along the park’s windy trail. As home to City Hall, City administrative offices, and the Central Branch of the city’s public library system, the Civic Center is the heart of Newport Beach.

This is a unique opportunity to display artworks in a serene, ocean-view setting that attracts Newport Beach residents as well as tourists from around the world. The prior four phases of this exhibition have delighted and enriched visitors with the works of world-class artists both local and international.

About Arts Orange County

Arts Orange County, an independent nonprofit organization, is the officially-designated local arts agency of the County of Orange and its official state-local arts agency partner. They have facilitated previously the public art selection process for the City of Newport Beach’s Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition and prepared Arts and Culture Master Plans for multiple Orange County cities. Their commitment to the veteran community includes twice-annual productions of VOICES: Veterans Storytelling Project. VOICES is a therapeutic workshop that helps real veterans turn the stories of their service into scripts which they deliver in public performances at Heroes Hall at the O.C. Fair and Event Center.

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Previous call for artists from Arts Orange County


Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project – Call For Artists

Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project – Call For Artists

The Hillsborough Arts Council (HAC) and the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC), in partnership with the Town of Hillsborough, are seeking an artist to design, fabricate, and install an exterior, permanent piece of public art for the gateway entrance to River Park in Downtown Hillsborough, NC – the Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project. This prominent sculptural element will incorporate and celebrate wood salvaged from the historic Calvin Street Tree that fell during Hurricane Florence.

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Deadline: 15 Mar 2019

Wood has been milled to be used for an artist-created Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project in River Park in Downtown Hillsborough, NC. This prominent sculptural element will be located close to Churton Street, the main artery through Downtown Hillsborough. The goal of the work is to serve as highly visible welcome for visitors to town, symbolizing the importance of art, history, and the natural environment for the Hillsborough community. The art installation coincides with a major improvement plan for River Park.

Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project Artist Benefits

The artist’s contract for artwork will be $20,000. The contract is inclusive of all artist fees, and associated expenses for design, structural engineering, fabrication, insurance, transportation, and consultation during installation. The salvaged wood from the tree will be provided to the selected artist. It is not part of the $20,000 budget. An additional $2,000 is available for installation costs that may be required beyond the scope of the artist.

About the Orange County Arts Commission

The Orange County Arts Commission, located in Hillsborough, is an agency of Orange County government. They work to develop the arts in Orange County, North Carolina, which includes the townships of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough. Their mission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.

Created on February 4, 1985 by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commission is the non-partisan countywide arts agency that provides funding and support for a broad range of high quality arts programs. Nominated by the BOCC as the Local Distributing Agent (now called Designated County Partner) and approved by the NC Arts Council in 1985, the Arts Commission awards state Grassroots Arts Program funds in Orange County, adhering to state program guidelines. The Arts Commission awards county-funded arts grants, sponsors programs, and serves as an arts information clearinghouse.

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Sculpture On The Lawn 2018 – Call For Artists

Sculpture On The Lawn 2018 – Call For Artists

The Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs invites artists to submit work for the fourth annual Sculpture on the Lawn 2018 exhibition, an outdoor display featured at the entrance to the Orange County Administration Center (201 S. Rosalind Ave) in the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida. The works are visible to approximately 10,000 people daily. Sculpture on the Lawn is open to sculptors who specialize in the design, construction, and installation of outdoor sculptures. Up to four sculptures will be selected for display from October 2018 to September 2019. One of the sculptures will be selected from a student or emerging artist, if suitable.

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Deadline: 5 Aug 2018

The theme of Diversitastic! has been added to the Sculpture On The Lawn 2018. The Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs welcomes large-scale sculptures that celebrate diversity in our communities and the interweaving of different backgrounds, cultures, and religions. The theme supports the inaugural FusionFest, November 24 and 25, 2018, a free celebration in downtown Orlando, supported by Orange County Government.

The three main considerations are creativity, site appropriateness, and durability. Selected artists must transport the artwork to the site on the specified date and install it with minimal assistance, then remove the artwork after the exhibition. Orange County provides 12-by-12-foot concrete pads. Sculptures must be firmly secured to the pads. There is a 6-foot minimum height preference. The sky is the limit for the maximum height.


  • Notification of acceptance: August 10, 2018
  • Installation time frame: October 1 to 12, 2018
  • Opening celebration: October 19, 2018, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Sculpture removal: October 1 to 11, 2019

Sculpture On The Lawn 2018 Artist Benefits

Each artist will be awarded $3,500 as a fee for the annual loan of his or her artwork and to help offset any necessary transportation, installation, and housing costs. No other compensation will be provided. A payment of $3,000 will be made upon installation and $500 will be paid upon removal. Orange County will insure the artwork up to its stated value or $50,000, whichever is less, for theft or major vandalism. The artist will be responsible for any repairs needed due to fabrication defects or reasonable wear and tear of the object in a public location. Sales of the works will be encouraged and promoted. Any sales inquiries will be forwarded to the artist or designated agent. No commission will be charged. Sculptures must remain on site until September 2019.

About Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs

Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness, and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes thirteen municipalities. It is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide.

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ARTventure – Call for Artists

The City of Costa Mesa Cultural Arts Committee is accepting artwork to showcase at their signature art event, ARTventure. Submissions of all mediums will be considered- adult artists may enter up to 3 pieces.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 1 Oct 2015

This 3 day juried art event will showcase artwork in an award-winning home furnishings and design showroom and will feature live musical, theatrical, vocal, culinary and literary demonstrations. The event will be a “Fusion of the Arts & Entertainment!”

Artists will have a chance to win cash prizes along with having the opportunity to sell their artwork during the show. The venue is located at the renowned SOCO- South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa, California and is being held at the uber-artsy Cisco Home Showroom. This unique event pairs artwork with home furnishings and design pieces to overwhelm the senses and make for a truly amazing artistic experience. Live culinary demonstrations, strolling musicians, a graffiti artist and an afternoon with two authors will add to the event experience.

The City of Costa Mesa and their Cultural Arts Committee are nestled in Orange County in between Newport Beach and Santa Ana. The arts scene is bustling in the area and the City’s tagline is “The City of the Arts.”

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