Sculpture Sought for Temporary Display

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Sculpture Sought for Temporary Display


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 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.

Honorarium:  $2,500 for a two-year loan (per artwork selected)

Eligibility:  Professional artists age 18 and over with public art experience

Deadline: May 31, 2019 5:00pm CST

Complete information and downloadable RFP available here.

Artwork Themes
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 2019.

Artwork Scale
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.

Artwork Materials
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.

Artist Responsibilities
Artists selected to exhibit their artwork will be responsible for:

  • Transportation of artwork to the exhibition site.
  • Assistance and supervision of the installation of the artwork.
  • Availability for public information, educational interviews and materials.

Selected artists will be notified of their selection by e-mail.

Lease Agreement
A signed two (2) year lease agreement will be required after the selection process, before the honorarium is disbursed.

Insurance covering the Artworks selected for the Sculpture Exhibition is as follows:

  • PAL & the City will provide local General Liability Insurance.
  • No insurance is provided by PAL or the City for the value of the Artwork, however artists may provide their own policies if desired.

What to Submit

A complete application must contain the following:

  • Application form
  • 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.

How to Submit

Mail a CD with the required information to:  Public Art League, P.O. Box 1601, Champaign, IL, 61824

QUESTIONS?  Contact the Public Art League at (217) 898-8263 or by e-mail to



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