Dayton, OH Seeks to Commission Sculpture

Dayton, OH Seeks to Commission Sculpture


 Unknown, OH, Unknown

Artists are invited to propose a public artwork to be placed in Cooper Park in the City of Dayton, Ohio. This privately funded, city-owned artwork is intended to communicate the value of public service. The call for entries and project implementation are managed by Build Art In, LLC.  The project budget is $50,000, all-inclusive.

This artwork should reflect the distinctive orientation toward public service. It is important that the viewer is able to discern the subject. A directly narrative and representational iteration is not required but would be acceptable. Proposals for community-oriented and collaborative projects are welcome.

The selected potential site(s) for artwork will be located outdoors in a public urban park with mature trees, sidewalks and new play equipment. The centerpiece of the park is a bronze statue of William McKinley, erected in 1910. The new sculpture should be created in relationship to these other elements and must be durable and easily maintained, on a substantial, professionally poured foundation that extends at least 12 inches beyond any part of the sculpture. It cannot be sited directly under a tree or in a way that damages tree roots. If designed to be interactive/accessible, meeting ADA requirements may be required.

Proposals will only be accepted electronically, in the form of a single PDF of no more than 10 MB.  All proposals will be acknowledged. Maquettes may be requested; if so, a stipend will be offered and a presentation date will be scheduled.

Proposals must include the following:

  • A sketch and narrative explanation of the proposed artwork
  • Detailed schedule of materials, including attachment to existing or new surface(s) and lighting schematic, if proposed
  • Artist’s CV and biography
  • A brief description of similar projects completed, if applicable
  • Six to nine images of completed artwork of similar scale and material, if available; or images of completed artworks that communicate the artist’s style and skill level
  • A budget, showing that all artist’s or artists’ fees, materials, creation and installation costs will be covered by the requested amount.

This opportunity will remain open until an artist and project are chosen and commissioned.

Please review the full RFP and complete submission instructions.