Decatur Sculpture Tour Seeks Submissions

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Decatur Sculpture Tour Seeks Submissions


Decatur Sculpture Tour (DST) invites sculptors to submit a Call to Artist form for the 12th year of the Decatur Sculpture Tour (2023-24). Submissions are due by January 21, 2023. The Decatur Sculpture Tour is an outdoor sculpture exhibit (June – April) in downtown Decatur, located 20 miles southeast of Fort Wayne with approximately 20 new outdoor sculptures each year on exhibit.

This is the 12th year for the DST 10-month outdoor/indoor exhibition, with up to 20 outdoor and 10 indoor sculptures estimated to be accepted. Priority will be given to sculptures with broad appeal to audiences of all ages that provide for a variety of exhibits.

The sculptures are owned by the artists and loaned to the program for up to one (1) year. With pre-approval of the artist, all sculptures will be for sale to the public and featured in the Decatur Sculpture Tour brochure. Accepted artists will receive an honorarium and be eligible for cash awards. The sale price should include the 25% DST commission.

Eligibility for awards: Artist must be at least 18 years of age. Submitted sculptures must be original works created within the last three years, suitable for outdoor display and for sale.

Artists are invited to submit up to four original sculptures to DST. Entries will be critiqued based on artistic merit, public safety, variety of entries, and durability in an outdoor setting. Artists will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by Friday, February 24, 2023. Installation dates are Thursday, June 8, and/or Friday, June 9, 2023 (the installation schedule will be set after exhibits are confirmed).

Along with entry form, image/exhibit (sketch) and artist biography / resume must be submitted. All entries must be postmarked (or email dated) by Saturday, January 21, 2023, midnight. Emailed entries are encouraged:

Detailed sketches will be accepted as long as support images are provided with the sketches. Please specify whether submitted sculptures are indoor or outdoor. Only one indoor sculpture may be submitted per artist. For artists that meet the application requirements and due dates listed, allocations may be available. Honorariums are:

Honorariums: outdoor: first exhibit: $1,000. / indoor: exhibit: $250

Note: outdoor: priority is given but not limited to exhibits that exceed 30”

Note: Though not required, accepted artists are encouraged to attend the DST Unveiling event (Fri., June 9, 2023, 5:00 pm).

Awards: 2023 awards: Best of Show $500 as selected by DST judges. Judges determined by the DST Committee (these are experienced artists). / People’s Choice: $500 / DST Committee: $200 / Inspiration Award: $200. / Mayor’s Award: $200

Pick Up exhibits after mid-April 2024: Artists that plan to collect 2023 DST Gallery exhibits can make arrangements one week before or after May 1, 2024. This two-week window of time needs to be arranged with the DST Committee. Please note: weekend pick-ups are offered by the committee. The artists may need to bring their own tools and muscles for this. Call to make these arrangements as law-enforcement must be informed.

Unclaimed exhibits: By June 9, 2023: Sculptures left without prior notification will become property of the DST / City of Decatur.

For more information or any questions, contact Coni Mayer, Decatur Sculpture Tour Committee Chair at 261-724-3939 or Check out to learn more about the Decatur Sculpture Tour.

To apply, click here. Artists may either email their entry to OR mail entry to: NAAC / ACCF, 102 N. 2nd St., Decatur, IN 46733.