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Evansville Seeks to Commemorate Historic 1937 Flood with Artwork

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Evansville Seeks to Commemorate Historic 1937 Flood with Artwork



The Evansville-Vanderburgh Levee Authority is seeking an artist or team of artists to create a sculpture that commemorates the 1937 flood, and the subsequent levee project.  The Authority envisions a durable, visible art piece. While all proposals will be considered, the Authority feels a working fountain/moving water piece would best convey the intent of the project and space.  The site of the chosen sculpture will be in front of the new Evansville-Vanderburgh Levee Authority building, located at 220 South Fulton Ave., just south of the Lloyd Expressway.

Note:  this is a Request for Proposals.  Artists are asked to create a design without compensation as part of the application process. Artists should decide for themselves whether this is acceptable for their working method.


The budget for this artwork will be $10,000. The artist is expected to budget all costs associated with the development and installation of the artwork. This includes supplies, shipping, travel, lodging, equipment, etc. Supplies specific to the artist’s technique or process should be included in artist’s budget, as well as any foundation the art piece will need to be placed on.

Eligibility (no information given)

Selection Criteria

The winning artist will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Work of the highest caliber and effective execution
  • Experience of working within program specifics and selection xriteria
  • Ability to complete work within a specified timeframe and budget
  • Visual impact of the proposed sculpture on pedestrian and vehicular traffic
  • Representation of an artistic vision that acknowledges and embodies the current climate in contemporary public art and embraces a broader social consciousness about the community and regeneration
  • Presentation of an artistic vision that displays an awareness of the history of Levee Authority, as well as the flood of 1937
  • Appropriateness of content (should be appropriate for all audiences)


Project Timeline

  • November 23, 2016 4 p.m. (CDT): Request for Proposals Deadline
  • December 2, 2016: Selection committee reviews proposals
  • December 9, 2016: artwork is chosen, and artists are notified regarding acceptance
  • Early February 2016: artwork is installed at location site (specific dates will be decided by the Levee Authority Sculpture Project committee. The Authority wishes for the installation to coincide with the anniversary of the 1937 flood, and any event commemorating it).


How to Apply

Artists must submit the following information on 1 CD/Flash drive, or in a zipped file through email.

  • Applicant Information: Complete the form on the last page of this RFP
  • Statement of Proposal: This letter should be no longer than one typed letter-sized page. Briefly outline key concepts related to Program Specifics and/or materials you will incorporate into the sculpture.
  • Professional Resume or CV: No longer than 4 pages
  • General Budget: Include a budget outlining all costs involved with the creation & installation of the sculpture including budget for contractors and/or equipment.
  • Proposal Images: (Digital images on CD/Flash drive or in a zipped file through email – up to 5 images)
  • Digital mock-ups of artwork. If you are unable to create a mock-up digitally, you may scan your drawings to jpeg or pdf format.

Include copies of muse, sketches, or examples of related or proposed artwork

–        Jpeg or pdf files ONLY

–        Good quality, no smaller than 72 dpi

–        No larger than 2 MB each

–        No hard copies, electronic files only

–        Name your digital files according to the following format: LastName_Concept_01.jpg, LastName_Concept_02.jpg, etc.

If your images are formatted for sites like Call for Entry or Zapplication, those may be submitted as well.

Delivery of Submissions

Each artist must label the submitted CD with his or her name and “LEVEE AUTHORITY BUILDING SCULPTURE”. All required materials must be delivered by 4:00pm (CDT) on November 23, 2016.

Submissions MUST be delivered or mailed to:

Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana

318 Main Street #101

Evansville, Indiana 47708

Attn: Levee Authority Building Sculpture


QUESTIONS?  Andrea Adams,