Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County Calls for Outdoor Sculpture for Wilmington, NC – Deadline Feb. 1, 2016

The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County invites sculptors to submit proposals for its Pedestrian Art public sculpture program. Up to 12 works will be installed at various locations in Wilmington, NC, from March 2015 for one year.  The deadline for consideration is Feb. 1, 2016.

Wilmington is renowned for its natural beauty, culture and history. The outdoor sculptures will represent a wide range of artistic styles, themes and media. Sculptures will be placed primarily in downtown Wilmington, which features nearly two miles of Riverwalk along the Cape Fear River and a 230+ National Register Historic District.

Eligibility – Artists or artist teams may submit up to six sculptures for consideration.

Artwork Specifications – The work should:

* Be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions including high winds, high temperatures, heavy rain, storms, etc.

* Demonstrate structural soundness, safety and stability for an unsupervised general audience

* Be maintenance-free during the exhibition period

* Fit into a downtown setting

* Be structurally secured to existing 4’ x 4’ concrete pad with anchor bolts or similar devices


* Applications are available online at the Arts Council of Wilmington’s website at (

* Submissions are due on February 1, 2016.

* Notifications will be made by February 15, 2016.

* Artwork will be installed on March 19, 2016.

Submission Requirements:

Entrants should e-mail the following to the Arts Council of Wilmington no later than February 1, 2016.

* Completed signed application

* Artist statement

* Artist resume or CV

* Digital images of completed work or artist’s renderings of work in progress. Images should be submitted in JPEG format, 150 dpi, no larger than 1MB. You may submit up to six sculptures, 1-2 views of each.

Stipend – The artist will be awarded $750 per artwork loan contract. This award is all-inclusive, i.e. the artist is responsible for transportation, installation and de-installation of the artwork.  Any additional costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Insurance – The Arts Council of Wilmington assumes no liability for damage or theft of the artwork.  The artist shall decide whether or not to insure their artwork.

Purchases – Artists may sell work during the project period, however, the work must remain on site for the duration of the exhibition.  The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC shall receive 25% commission on the sale of the exhibited artwork.

Promotion – The Arts Council of Wilmington & NHC will provide signage to identify the artwork which will be featured on the Arts Council of Wilmington’s audio-described mobile app, website and included in other promotions.  A reception event will be hosted featuring the artists.

Submission Deadline – Applications must be delivered electronically by February 1, 2016. The application may also be downloaded at (

Send all application materials to (


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