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Indy Parks Seeks Outdoor Sculpture

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Indy Parks Seeks Outdoor Sculpture




The Arts Council of Indianapolis is pleased to partner with Indy Parks to offer an artwork display opportunity for sculptural artists.  The Arts Council will act as the project manager to facilitate the artwork selection process, and will coordinate installation requirements between the artist and the Indy Parks team.  The Arts Council will also ensure that the artwork is delivered on time and installed according to Indy Parks’ requirements.

Deadline for Submissions:  5:00 p.m. local time on Monday, March 13, 2017.  This is NOT a postmark deadline.  No exceptions.

Eligibility Requirements

Artists and artist teams who are age 18 or older, and who are permitted to work in the United States, are eligible to submit proposals.  Preferred qualifications include the following:

  • Residence in one of the following Central Indiana counties: Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson, or Marion, with residence in Marion County strongly preferred.
  • Willingness to meet all contractual obligations and adhere to a strict budget and timeline


Project Stipend

This is a temporary display opportunity for existing artwork.  A $1,000 loan fee will be provided for a one-year display period, with the option to extend for a 2nd year in place or in another location within the Indy Parks system. The artist will be responsible for delivering, installing, and de-installing the artwork. Indy Parks staff will be available to help and may be able to provide some installation equipment.

Site Description

The Garfield Park Arts Center, located in Indianapolis’ Garfield Park adjacent to the historic Pagoda, has two concrete pads near the building on the upper level available to host artwork.  These pads are (1) 72” diameter round and (1) 48” square, each 4 inches thick. We are looking for two pre-existing artworks to display on these pads as a concept test, with the eventual goal to install pads in a number of Indy Parks sites for a larger program of rotating temporary installations throughout the system.

Any medium, material, or artistic technique that is durable, very low-maintenance, and can easily be incorporated into these exterior sites is acceptable.  Artwork weight can vary, as follows:

  1. For the 72” base, the concrete pad can support up to 1300 lbs if the load is balanced, the center of gravity is centralized and is three feet or less above the ground, and there is no projected area on the sculpture that exceeds 12 sq. ft. that can be caught by the wind.  If the load is unbalanced and is 8” or less off center, the weight limit is 900 lbs.  If the center of gravity is higher than 3’ off the ground, the weight limit is lowered proportionally.
  2. For the 48” base, the concrete pad can support up to 900 lbs with the conditions listed in (1) above.
  3. Lighter weight loads (100 lbs or less) must have no more than 10 sq. ft. of projecting area that can be caught by the wind, with the same balance and center of gravity requirements listed in (1) above.
  4. Artworks that have a center of gravity more than 8” off the center line cannot be safely accommodated on either pad.


Artwork should not be climbable and must be safe for children to touch without injury.

Artists are expected to attach their artworks by drilling and bolting into the existing pads without cracking or breaking them.  Bolts can be sunk no deeper than 2-3/4 inches into the 4-inch-thick pad and should be spaced evenly about 10 inches on center in order to support the weights listed above.

Artists are expected to deliver and install their work, with Indy Parks staff assistance.  Some equipment may be provided by Indy Parks; the Arts Council will negotiate with the selected artists for equipment needs.  Artists will be able to drive to within 20 feet of the sculpture sites.

Indy Parks will provide a simple plaque identifying the artist, artist’s city or town of residence, title and medium of the artwork, and date executed.  No special lighting will be provided.

The artist will be required to maintain insurance for the artwork during the entire display period.  Indy Parks will request a certificate of insurance to verify coverage as part of the loan agreement process.


Please review the sculpture pad dimensioned layout and photos below for additional information.

Potential exhibitors are encouraged to visit the project location to view the sculpture pads. The address is 2432 Conservatory Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46203.  The pads are located behind the Garfield Park Arts Center on the upper level:  when parking in the lot in front of the GPAC, take one of the exterior staircases up the hill to access the upper level.  If you prefer to make an appointment to view the site, call the GPAC front desk at (317) 327-7135 or email Megan Fetter, GPAC Manager, at

Selection Process

Artists must submit their suggested artworks to the Arts Council on or before 5:00 p.m. on March 13, 2017.  Representatives from Indy Parks and the Arts Council will review submitted artworks and select two for display.  The two artworks may be from the same artist.

Note:  while this is the intended selection process, in the event of an insufficient number of qualified submissions the Arts Council of Indianapolis reserves the right to invite an artist to propose, or to directly select an artist or artwork; and also reserves the right to cancel the opportunity entirely at any point and for any reason.

Selection Criteria

The artworks for display will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality:  The suggested artwork is appropriate to the Garfield Park context, and is innovative, creative, and stylistically distinctive
  • Aesthetic sensibility:  The artwork displays an aesthetic and theme that is desirable for Indy Parks and the Garfield Park community
  • Technical excellence:  The artwork displays professionalism and skill with materials and techniques, and will last intact through the display period


Project Timeline

This timeline represents the project as it now appears.  Changes may be necessary as the project progresses.

  • Release Request for Proposals:  February 1, 2017
  • Deadline for submissions:  March 13, 2017
  • Selection panel review:  mid-March, 2017
  • Notification of status:  by March 30, 2017
  • Agreement signed and coordination of installation requirements: March-April, 2017
  • Delivery and installation of artwork:  TBD after mid-April, 2017
  • De-installation (assuming display period is not extended):  TBD in April or May, 2018


How to Apply

Artists must submit the following information digitally. The Arts Council will not accept hard copy submissions.

1.     Applicant Information: Complete the form below and submit in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.  You may re-create the form or request an editable version.

2.     Professional Resume or CV: No longer than 3 typed pages.  Submit in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.

3.    Images of suggested artwork: Submit 2-10 digital images in .jpg format of artwork that is completed, available for display and appropriate to the site and context. Please limit the file size of each image to 2MB or less. You may submit any number of artworks and any number of images for each artwork, but do not exceed the maximum of 10 total images.  It is suggested to include at least two views of each artwork.

4.    Image information sheet:  Submit a sheet with the following information about each submitted artwork:  title, date completed, dimensions, brief (1-2 sentences) of the maintenance needs of the artwork, and a brief (1-2 sentences) description of the concept behind the artwork.  Include a directory of which image titles you have submitted are associated with each artwork.  (example, for an artist named Smith:  SCULPTURE X:  images Smith1, Smith2, Smith3.  … SCULPTURE Y:  images Smith4, Smith5, Smith6.)  Submit this sheet in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.


Delivery of Submissions

Submissions may be mailed, hand-delivered, or shared via Dropbox.

Mailed or hand-delivered submissions must be burned to a single CD, DVD or flash/jump drive. CDs and/or flash/jump drives must arrive at the Arts Council’s offices by 5:00pm local time on March 13, 2017.  The mailing and delivery address is:

ATTN:  Garfield Park Arts Center Sculpture Display

c/o Julia Moore, Director of Public Art

Arts Council of Indianapolis

924 N. Pennsylvania St.

Indianapolis, IN  46204

A Dropbox share request must be time-stamped before 5:00 p.m. local time on Monday, March 13, 2017 and sent to with a message indicating it is for the Garfield Park sculpture project.  All materials must be available in the Dropbox folder as of 5:00 p.m. on March 13. If any item is missing or the upload timestamp for any item is after 5:00 p.m. on March 13, the entire submission will be disqualified.  The Arts Council is not responsible for transmission delays or service outages resulting in the Dropbox share request being delivered after the deadline, so please plan ahead.  Ensure that all materials are uploaded before the share request is sent, and that you start the transmission of the share request in plenty of time to allow for delays or outages.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Julia Moore, Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis, (317) 631-3301 x240  or



Garfield Park Sculpture Display

Applicant Artist Information Form

Please limit the information provided on this form to one typed page.


Artist Name:

Mailing Address:                                                                    City/State/ZIP:

Day or Mobile Phone:                               Evening, Home or Mobile Phone:

Email Address:

Website (if applicable):



Do you have a personal or professional connection to the Garfield Park neighborhood?  If so, what is it?



How do you see this project fitting in with your past work, artistic interests and future plans?











  • Pad layout with sites highlighted in green


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