St. Petersburg Seeks Artists for 2 New Large Park Sculptures

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The City of St. Petersburg invites artists with a high level of professional experience in three-dimensional, exterior public art to indicate interest in being considered for commissions for the upcoming St. Petersburg Pier project. Formal proposals will be sought from artists from the limited pool of prequalified, interested artists.

Budget:  $480,000 for two artworks; may be augmented through additional fundraising

Eligibility:  There are no geographic limits to eligibility, but travel expense reimbursements beyond North and South America may be limited.

About the Pier Project and Site
The Pier is a twenty-six acre, pedestrian-oriented park extending about a quarter mile into Tampa Bay from the bayfront of downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The design is a redevelopment of a significant and historic amenity.  The committee is open to artists’ ideas about how to address the site through art.


  • March – June, 2017 – rolling review of interested artists for prequalified pool (deadline June 15, 2017)
  • July 1 – Final Prequalified Pool selection.
  • Summer, 2017 – Finalize budget and invite finalists
  • Fall – Proposals and award commission


Selection process
Artists may express interest by submitting examples of their past work, websites, videos and other materials, of their choosing. The City of St Petersburg Public Art Selection Committee and staff have sole discretion to select artists for review from the general pool of applicants. The Committee will review the past work and qualifications of interested artists who have significant experience with projects and budgets comparable to the Pier Project. Artists are welcome to contact the Project Manager to get more information or discuss this process at Project Manager may reach out to artists to obtain additional information for the committee’s deliberations.

The Committee’s goal is a short list of pre-qualified artists for a minimum of two commissions. When the final design and budget decisions for the overall project are finalized, the Committee will select an appropriate number of finalists from the short list for interviews and site visits. Selected finalist artists may then proceed to proposals and final decisions. Design honoraria, scaled to project budget, will be offered.

Selection criteria
Artists must have a completed body of work of similar scope, scale and budget range as well as familiarity with the integration of design and installation into an ongoing construction project.  Artists must demonstrate a high degree of professional competency through any combination of training, exhibition or project history.

How to Apply

To express interest in submitting for consideration for the Pier District Short List:


For full application information and site views, visit the project website.

QUESTIONS?  Contact the Project Manager at


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