The Public Art League (PAL) in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, is seeking artists to display sculptures in the community. Selected sculptures will be installed in the community metro area and will serve as major visual anchor points, community identity and a statement that creativity and art are of vital importance to existence in Central Illinois. The Public Art League (PAL) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advances public art in the Champaign-Urbana urban areas.
This opportunity is open to all professional visual artists, aged 18 and older, with public art experience.
Contingent upon a successful fundraising campaign, the Public Art League will offer selected artists a $2,500 honorarium to cover artist expenses such as the temporary (2-year) lease of the artwork, transportation to and from the installation site, food & lodging, and artist fees for on-site availability during installation and de-installation. If multiple pieces are selected from one artist an honorarium will be awarded for each piece. PAL, the Cities of Champaign-Urbana and Business sponsors will provide logistical and staff support, site design parameters, and incur the costs associated with site preparation, the physical installation and promotional events and materials.
An important aspect of locating the artwork in a downtown metro area is to provide an identity for a cultural arts district. The entry of pieces with an exciting, vibrant, and energetic nature are encouraged. Also encouraged are human representational pieces, and/or work that incorporates illumination at night. Submissions must be existing, completed works and available for delivery during the summer/fall of 2017 but no later than November 1, 2017.
There are no mandated themes for the artwork.
There is no required size, however, the sculptures should be capable of serving as visual showpieces along major highways and entryways into the community, or, be suitable for placement on city sidewalks.
There are no recommended materials but the artists should consider the viability of the work’s structure and appearance and ability to be displayed outdoors for many years. The east-central Illinois climate is hot and humid with intense sunlight, periodic rain, thunderstorms and high sustained winds during the summer, and very cold with frequent sub-zero temperatures during the winter. All artwork must require limited to no maintenance. A statement of recommended maintenance for a 24-month period is required for all submissions.
Artists selected to exhibit their artwork will be responsible for:
Insurance covering the Artworks selected for the Sculpture Exhibition is as follows:
How to Apply
A complete application must contain the following:
Mail hardcopy entries to Public Art League, P.O. Box 1601, Champaign, Illinois 61824, OR
Email entries as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Sculpture Entry Form Submission Deadline: June 2, 2017 5:00pm CST
(Please submit one form for each sculpture)
Your Name: _____________________________ Phone: ________________________
Address: ________________________________ Email: ________________________
City: __________________________ State: _________________ Zip: _____________
Title of Sculpture: ________________________________________________________
Your Sale Price $: ________________(Do not include commission.)
Dimensions: Height: _________ Width: _________ Depth: _________ Weight: _______
Materials Used: ________________________________________________________
Installation Requirements: _________________________________________________
Artist Statement about the Sculpture: ________________________________________
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