Thursday, January 13, 2011

Call for Artists, White River State Park Public Sculpture

Call for Artists, White River State Park Public Sculpture (Indianapolis, IN)

White River State Park is pleased to announce that it will continue to support an exterior sculpture exhibition program. The primary purpose of this exhibition is to enhance the artistic and cultural opportunities within the state. After each cycle, the Park has continued to make changes to the program. The program is now open to any sculptor in Indiana or the Midwest. While the Park will continue to display at least six large-scale interior 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 sides of the river) in White River State Park there have been a couple of changes. Rather than change out all of the sculptures every two years, only two sculptures will change every year and the period of time the work is displayed will be 3 years. 

The Park is the only urban 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 in the Park, it is also home to six major tourist attractions, with over 3 million visitors 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. 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 and the installation and removal of the piece from the park. 10-12 electronic images (labeled with name, medium, dimensions and date) on a CD of pieces of art available for the exhibition must be postmarked no later than January 28, 2011. 

Also include the following: image annotation script; resume; artist's vision and thoughts in creating the sculpture; a self-addressed stamped envelope if CD is expected to be returned. Please send the requested information to Jayne Ann Hill, White River State Park, 801 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For more information, please contact Donna Imus at or (317) 636-1420.

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