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Texas city seeks proposals for public art

Mural to commemorate BLM movement

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, May 20, 2022, 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT

The city of DeSoto, Texas is seeking to commission an artist or team of artists to design and produce an original public art installation.

This public art project is conceived as a monument to commemorate the Black Lives Matter Movement. The new work will be featured on a Reflection Walk to be located along the Roy Orr Trail. The walking trail is a highly accessible destination used for passive recreation nestled within a partially wooded limestone escarpment. Work can be installed on or adjacent to the path, on the pavement or suspended from the trees. Keep reading for some additional information.

Project overview

Considering the theme: Incremental Steps can Make a Monumental Statement: selected artists should have the capacity to create an interpretive experience through a series of visual elements that can include but are not limited to representational imagery. Additionally the installation could combine sculptural and didactic elements using 2D and 3D written and pictorial aspects that result in a serene and contemplative walking experience. To expand engagement, the work could incorporate digital interactions such as virtual and augmented reality accessed through portable smart devices. The overarching idea is to challenge artists to create a shared positive public experience while elevating awareness and inspiring interaction within this highly visible and accessible public space. Elements of the project should remind visitors to the trail of our shared humanity. Interested artists are encouraged to approach this project with the public in mind and to consider thinking deeply about all aspects of the subject and sense of place. Short-listed artists should consider how community engagement can be included as a pivotal aspect of what is represented in the final installation. The overall style should be relatable and could Incorporate aspects of realism, futurism and abstraction.

Budget: $30,000

The project budget is inclusive of all project costs, including artists’ fees and expenses, taxes, travel, shipping and crating, insurance, design, fabrication, installation/execution and transporting of any materials and supplies related to creating the artwork for the project site.


Professional artists who are legally eligible to work in the U.S. and ages 18 and older may apply. No public art experience is necessary. Submissions not meeting eligibility requirements will not be considered. Artists applying for this opportunity may also be considered for future commissions.
Want to learn more? Click here to visit the full RFP from the DeSoto Arts Commission. Once again, that submission deadline is Friday, May 20 at 3 p.m. ET.

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Creative Time Open Call is back, now open nationwide

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 17, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET OPEN CALL. Creative Time Open Call is back. Artists dreams for the public. Applications close May 17. Now open to residents anywhere in the U.S.

  • Location: New York, New York — open to artists who reside in any U.S. state, tribal nation or territory
  • Application fee: No fee

Artists, don’t miss this opportunity for a major public art commission in New York City next summer!

Creative Time has produced hundreds of truly extraordinary public artworks—your bold, maybe even impossible seeming idea could be next. Over the years, Creative Time has produced hundreds of public projects that have been truly beyond the ordinary, from Kara Walkers’ monumental sugar sphinx installed in the Domino Sugar factory to Pedro Reyes’ house of horrors inspired by the 2016 presidential election and Rasid Johnson’s COVID-era public platform for performance and protest last summer. Just announced, the Creative Time Open Call offers artists the opportunity for a major public artwork commission in New York City, opening the summer of 2023. Applications are due May 17, 2020 and open to any practicing artist or artist collective, at any point in their career, residing in all 50 states, the sovereign tribal nations within U.S. borders, and territories including American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, see: https://creativetime.org/open-call-2022-2023/    

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Augusta calls for traffic circle sculpture proposals

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is requesting proposals from qualified sculptors or artist teams to create a unique, durable, low-maintenance, meaningful sculpture to be placed in the center of the fully landscaped Twiggs Circle traffic roundabout in Augusta, Georgia.

The purpose of the sculpture is to create a highly visible, visually pleasing addition to the historic Golden Blocks. The Golden Blocks project highlights the rich cultural legacy of the historically Black neighborhoods of Laney Walker and Bethlehem. The sculpture is intended to last for 50 years in good condition and incorporate the conceptual theme of the History of Augusta's Black Medical Community. The selected artist will receive a stipend of $15,000 to cover expenses associated with the envisioning, creation, transport and installation of the sculpture. The request for proposals is open to all professional sculptors and artist teams residing in the Southeast region of the United States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). All members of any team that applies must be at least 18 years of age and reside in the United States. Artists who apply for this call are strongly encouraged to research the history of Augusta’s Black medical community. In depth questions about Black history in Augusta can be answered by Corey Rogers, historian at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum: 706.724.3576 or ocur761@gmail.com. This sculpture call is made possible by a generous grant from Georgia Rehabilitation Institute, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that serves to better the lives of persons with disabilities and the elderly population in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). This request for proposals is part of the Golden Blocks public history through public art place-keeping project, a collaboration between the Greater Augusta Arts Council, the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, and the Augusta Housing & Community Development Department. The Twiggs Circle roundabout is part of the Augusta Housing & Community Development Department’s Laney Walker/Bethlehem Revitalization Area.

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Submissions invited for The Earring Show 2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT

The Craft Council of British Columbia presents year nine of The Earring Show, an annual fundraiser, juried exhibition and sales opportunity for makers to showcase wearable art in a whole host of mediums.

[caption id="attachment_49000" align="alignright" width="400"]Promotional graphic that reads The Earring Show 2022 virtual fundraiser call for entry. Deadline for applications March 1, 2022. A dangle earring is shown. Click image to enlarge.[/caption] We are now accepting applications for the 2022 iteration to be held starting May 5, 2022. Starting as a local fundraiser, The Earring Show has grown each year, first accepting artists throughout North America and now accepting artists from around the world since 2021. The Craft Council of BC invites artists around the globe to submit their work to one of the three categories in The Earring Show: One-of-a-Kind, which features unique creations; Limited Edition, which includes a small-scale production of work; and Emerging Artists, for artists who are currently enrolled in a craft-based program or have graduated and started their making career within the last 2 years. The winner of each category, selected by the jurors, will receive a prize.

Key dates

  • Application deadline:  Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Acceptance Notification Date: March 7, 2022
  • Additional media submissions after acceptance: March 21, 2022
  • Work to be delivered no later than: 4 p.m. PT on April 11, 2022
  • Prize Jury process: April 16, 2022
  • Virtual Opening Event: May 5, 2022

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Small art, Midlands art wanted

It's an afternoon double

[caption id="attachment_48934" align="aligncenter" width="900"]A woman browses a gallery wall of 6 by 6 inch artworks on canvas Rochester Contemporary Art Center 6x6[/caption]

Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, January 28, 2022 by 5 p.m. ET
Midlands #SCartists, let's start with you. We've covered this before, so maybe you checked this in previously and it's your turn to board? CAE is looking for artists for the 2022 Art in the Airport program: "Throughout the year, this wildly popular program showcases the work of four artists’ from across Columbia region in the busiest part of the airport. [Art in the Airport] not only enhances the passengers’ experience while traveling through CAE, it creates an immediate sense of place to those visiting. Once a traveler lands, these pieces of art are the first creative and cultural touchpoints they have to the region." This link will help you take off to the CAE website for more information.

Rochester (New York) Contemporary Art Center

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE (Mailed): Tuesday, April 12, 2022
From an email to Hub HQ: "...the exhibition is our annual 6x6, which is the original small art phenomenon, and is hosted by Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo), a small, non-profit art center in Rochester, New York! This annual exhibition, 6x6, raises critical funds needed to pay artists, maintain our building and administer contemporary art programming to our community this coming year! The artwork(s) will help our mission to provide unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists. Learn more about 6x6 at roco6x6.org." The exhibition, a past version of which is pictured above, is scheduled to run June 4 through July 17, 2022. Artist participation is free, as one would hope, given that they are soliciting donations from which they hope to raise funds. There is a limit of four submissions per school or school group.

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Open call: ‘Going Home’ virtual exhibition

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home" -Twyla Tharp

Going Home

An International Exhibition Presented by the Wilsonville Arts & Culture Council, Wilsonville, Oregon

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

If you could embody your ideal vision of Nest, Habitat, or Home in a single artwork, what would it look like?

The global pandemic has compelled many of us to become housebound for long periods of time. It may have distanced us from family and friends, or from careers and colleagues. It has put people out of work and exacerbated homelessness. How have the last 20 months influenced your notions of home? What does the word “Home” mean to you? Is it a place? A building? A person? A memory? An object? A story? A feeling? Perhaps it is a synthesis of all of these? Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis through February 15, 2022 and, if they meet parameters of the submission guidelines, will be presented to jurors for possible inclusion in a virtual exhibition. Some submissions may be printed and displayed in-person as physical exhibition space allows. No fee. Original artworks are not limited by material, but must be able to be exhibited as a single high quality digital photograph due to the nature of the exhibition. Please see the call details at: https://www.wilsonvillearts.org/calls-for-art
Image: Going Home by Fritz von Uhde ca. 1889. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Sedona Arts Center seeks art

'Souls of Forgotten Objects' coming in December

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, October 18, 2021 at 12 p.m. Arizona time

Sedona (Arizona) Arts Center is seeking artists for the Souls of Forgotten Objects exhibit to take place December 1 -23, 2021 in the special exhibits gallery of the arts center.

About Souls of Forgotten Objects Exploring the intersection between trash and treasure, Souls of Forgotten Objects will include an exhibit, workshops and demonstrations that bring found or forgotten objects together to create something beautiful.  Whether that is an old tree branch, bike tire, cardboard, colorful material, metal or paper, the exhibit welcomes artists to submit 2D or 3D work that takes these found or lost materials and turns them in to art.  Curious, evocative, dynamic or meditative, SAC invites artists to think outside the box, canvas or convention in submitting pieces for exhibit. Deadline to apply
  • Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 – 12 p.m. Arizona Time – no late submissions will be accepted.
Eligibility This is a national call, open to permanent citizens of the United States of America. Submitted work must have been created within the last five years. All eligible artists must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission. Submissions Only online submissions will be accepted. Artists may submit up to three works for consideration 2D and 3D work should be photographed and formatted to 72dpi, 1300 pixels on the longest edge. Actual work should not exceed 10’ tall x 6’ wide. Fees
  • Entry Fee: $30 for up to three entries.
  • Commission Fees: Sedona Arts Center retains a 50% commission fee on all art sales in support of our nonprofit organization, programs and events.
Selected artists Selected artists will receive notification of interest and invitation to exhibit their work. Final selection will be based upon the quality, strength, and feasibility of the proposed work. Artists will provide licensing and reproduction rights, and permit the photography of artworks, including their use in promotional materials. All reasonable efforts will be made to credit the artist in promotions and when communicating with the media. If your work is selected, you will receive further information at that time. Artists will be notified by email. Please do not call for results. If artist is shipping work, artist must provide a return shipping container with a prepaid shipping label.  SAC is not responsible for lost or damaged work caused by packing or shipping. Every submission is appreciated and will be seriously considered. Application & Selection Timing October 18, 2021       Deadline for submissions October 29, 2021     Artists notified of selection November 24, 2021    If shipping, work must be at SAC November 29, 2021    If dropping off, work must be delivered between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at SAC January 3, 2022          Work must be picked up from SAC – Shipped work will be returned About the Juror: Geoffrey Gorman Geoffrey has been leading workshops, hosting panel discussions, and giving presentations for artists and arts groups for more than twenty-five years. With his extensive background in the arts, he brings a unique, humorous and fresh perspective on the world of artists, galleries and the business of art. Geoffrey currently is a practicing artist, creating his original found material sculptures in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He shows his work around the United States and has also exhibited in China and South Korea. Over the last several years his unique sculptures have been written about in the New York Post, Southwest Art, American Craft, American Style and Cloth, Paper, Scissors. Growing up on an old plantation in the country outside of Baltimore, MD, he refers to a “Huck Finn-like” environment; old quarries, woods filled with animals, dilapidated barns and fallen houses. Geoffrey was surrounded by a wide variety of animal and human characters. Going to a variety of art colleges eventually led Geoffrey into designing and building contemporary furniture. From there he became a gallery dealer, curated shows, was an art consultant and coach for artists before becoming a full-time artist.

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