Champaign-Urbana Seeks Sculpture for Citywide Exhibition

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Champaign-Urbana Seeks Sculpture for Citywide Exhibition



The Public Art League (PAL) in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, is seeking artists to display sculptures in our community. Selected sculptures will be installed in the community metro area for two years and will serve as major visual anchor points, community identity and a statement that creativity and art are of vital importance to our existence in Central Illinois.

Contingent upon a successful fundraising campaign, the Public Art League will offer selected artists a $1,500.00 honorarium to cover artist expenses such as the temporary 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.

This opportunity is open to all professional visual artists, aged 18 and older, with public art experience. 

There are no mandated themes for the artwork.  However, an important aspect of locating the artwork in a downtown metro area is to provide an identity for a cultural arts district. As public art works we encourage the entry of pieces with an exciting, vibrant, and energetic nature. We also encourage 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 2016 but no later than November 1, 2016.

A complete application must contain the following:

  • At least 3 images (Front, Back and one side), but no more than 8 images of each entry.
  • A written statement and diagram with measurements outlining installation requirements.
  • Maintenance requirements for the entry for the next five years.
  • At least two images of previously completed artwork. Digital images in PDF format are preferred. All digital images must correspond with an image list. All images must be labeled as follows: artist’s last name_first initial_image#.pdf   (ex. smith_a_01.PDF)
  • A current professional resume or curriculum vitae, with an emphasis on public art.

Download full project RFP and application instructions here.


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