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White River State Park Seeks Outdoor Sculpture for Exhibition

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White River State Park Seeks Outdoor Sculpture for Exhibition


Since 1999, White River State Park has sponsored an outdoor sculpture program that has proven to be very successful and popular with visitors.

They are now seeking entrants for the 2017 – 2020 Sculpture in the Park exhibition. Over the years the Park has made some changes to the program. They will be selecting two sculptures this year to join the other works on the bridge. Because of budget restraints they are staggering the removal of the pieces, so all the sculptures are not changed out at the same time. The length of time each piece is exhibited is 3 years. The White River State Park Commission will pay the artist a $5000 honorarium. In addition, the Park will pay up to a maximum of $5000 to help offset the actual costs of transporting the sculpture to and from Indianapolis (as long as mileage and receipts are provided) and installation and removal of the piece from the Park.

  • Sculptures will be displayed for three years beginning in April of 2017
  • The honorarium is $5,000 plus up to a maximum of $5,000 to help offset the costs of transportation, installation, and removal of the piece (mileage and receipts must be submitted for reimbursement)
  • Entries must be postmarked (or preferably emailed) by Friday, December 30, 2016
  • Winners will be notified in January 2017
  • Sculptures must be delivered and installed in White River State Park by Friday, April 21, 2017.

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White River State Park is pleased to announce that it will continue to support an outdoor public art program. The primary purpose of this exhibition is to enhance the artistic and cultural opportunities within the State and region. It is our hope that residents and visitors to Indiana’s capital city will appreciate and become engaged in the visual dialogue of these contemporary sculptures. The Park has made some changes to the program, which is now open to any sculptor in Indiana or the Midwest. The Commission will pay up to a maximum of $5000 to help with transporting the sculpture to and from Indianapolis (mileage and receipts must be provided) as well as installation and removal of the piece in the Park. In addition, the Park will pay an honorarium of $5000.

The Park will continue to display at least six, large-scale exterior sculptures reflecting diversity of materials, approaches and content on the Old Washington Street Bridge (now a pedestrian walkway connecting venues on the east and west banks of the river) in White River State Park.

Rather than replace all of the sculptures every two years, we only change out two or three sculptures every year. Each work is displayed for 3 years. The Park is the only urban cultural state park in the country and is located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The New York Times has referred to the Park as “Indianapolis’ version of the Mall in Washington.” In addition to acres of green spaces, the Park is home to six major tourist attractions and an outdoor amphitheater. Over 3 million people visit the Park each year.

The work must be constructed of materials able to endure the conditions of an outdoor exhibition. The sculptures must be suitable for public display and not present safety issues.

The Site

Old Washington Street Bridge in White River State Park (downtown Indianapolis). Visit their website and click on Park Map.


Artists must be 18 years or older.


Each selected artist will be awarded a $5,000 honorarium for his or her participation. In addition, the Park will pay up to a maximum of $5,000 in expenses to help transport the sculpture to and from Indianapolis (mileage and receipts must be provided) and the installation and removal of the piece in the Park. White River State Park carries property/physical limited insurance on the sculptures only; however, you must also insure the sculpture for any damage that may be incurred by weather or other acts of God. The Park will provide assistance for installation and dismantling.

Artists will receive sign recognition near the sculpture.


  • Electronic images on a CD of pieces of art available for the exhibition must be postmarked or emailed to Lisa Pippin ( no later than Thursday, December 30, 2016.
  • Selected artists will be notified in January 2017
  • Installation of work must be completed by April 21, 2017
  • Exhibition ends March 2020

Selection Process

The submissions will be screened by a committee of individuals who are recognized in the field of contemporary public art, as well as representatives from the White River State Park Commission and staff.

Application Procedure and Elements

  • Electronic images taken from several different views, labeled with name, medium, dimensions, date
  • Image annotation script
  • Please only submit images of pieces available for the exhibition. If it is a work in progress, please submit sketch or drawing. The drawing should be specific as to the material and color to be used in the pieces. The work must, however, be completed and installed by April 21, 2017. The Park reserves the right to not accept sculptures that are not completed and installed by April 21, 2017.
  • Resume
  • Artist’s vision and thoughts in creating the sculpture.
  • Submissions will be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided

Please send the requested information to:


Lisa Pippin
White River State Park
801 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

For More Information, please contact:

Donna Imus