Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission’s 27th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition Call for Artists


About the Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition:

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission’s Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition has a proud tradition.  The exhibition was founded by Jim Patti and is sponsored by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, which receives financial and staff support from the City of Lawrence.  The exhibition also receives additional support from the Lawrence Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, and the Lawrence Arts Center.  Works are displayed in downtown Lawrence, along Massachusetts Street and adjacent areas.  Massachusetts Street was named in 2010 as a “Top 10 Great Street” in America by the American Planning Association. Additional information and online application for the Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition can be found at www.lawrenceks.org/publicart .



Artists will receive a $1,200 honorarium for each work selected.



The selection of the juror has not been finalized.  This information will be updated as the juror is selected


Criteria and Specifications for Selection:

Works that explore an expanded notion of public sculpture are encouraged.  All work entered must be free-standing and suitable for long-term outdoor public display.  The durability of the work will be a consideration for selection, as will the public safety of the work.  Since the area where the work will be displayed is in a high pedestrian traffic area in downtown Lawrence, the safety of the public, including children, must be taken into consideration.  Work must be as vandal-proof as possible and cannot have sharp edges or be easily breakable or bendable.  Several sites are available for ground-mounted works.  Work must be of sufficient size to minimize possibility for theft.  All accepted entries must be capable of being properly secured to a concrete pad, or securely anchored in the ground.



Open to all artists 18 years of age or older.  All entries must be original work and may not have been shown previously in this exhibition.


Entry Deadline:  The entry deadline is 4:00 PM on Friday, February 6, 2015.



Artists may enter up to three (3) works for consideration.  Please submit digital photographs of each work. Entrants should also submit a biographical paragraph and brief statement about each work entered.  Please enter by completing the digital form here: www.lawrenceks.org/publicart.  If unable to submit digitally, please contact Christina McClelland at arts@lawrenceks.org/785-832-3402.   Entry deadline is 4:00 PM Friday, February 6, 2015.


Delivery and Return of Artwork:

Artists will be solely responsible for the delivery of artwork and return shipping arrangements; artists will also be responsible for all shipping charges.  Accepted work must be received around Friday, April 25, 2015 by appointment.  Artists will be required to reclaim their work by Friday, April 10, 2016.


Other Responsibilities:

Selected artists must sign a loan agreement in which they agree to: 1) permit the City of Lawrence to install the artwork; 2) promise that the artwork will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition and 3) recognize that, in the interest of public safety and community priority, the City has the right to remove damaged sculpture unless promptly and satisfactorily repaired by the artist.  Work will be insured against property loss up to a maximum of $5,000.


Additional Information/Questions:

Christina McClelland, Director of Arts and Culture and liaison to the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission

785-832-3402 or arts@lawrenceks.org

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