Annual Outdoor Sculpture Entry Info

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Artists may enter 3 sculptures with a limit of 5 photos for each sculpture.

Entries must include the following:

  • Completed entry form
  • Photos for each sculpture submitted (only 3 entries per artist with a maximum of 5 photos per entry)
  • Artist’s statement about each entry
  • Explanation of how to install and secure the sculpture
  • All sides of a sculpture must be represented

All work submitted must be original, of sound design, free standing, suitable for public display, safe under conditions of direct public access, and finished as represented.

Entries open on September 13, 2019. Entry deadline has been extended to January 31, 2020. (Note: Artwork previously selected for display is ineligible.)

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Entries are juried from photographs. High resolution digital images preferred. Documentation of the images (via accompanying text files) must include the artist’s name, title of work, media dimensions, weight, and listed value.

StringsTo enter, use one of the following ways: 
Photos on CD, DVD, or printed
  • Mail to City of Ames Public Art Commission
    P.O. Box 811, Ames, IA 50010

Submissions on CDs or by FTP are accepted. Click here for FTP instructions.
Hard copy prints are acceptable with appropriate documentation; however, digital images are preferred.

Jurors & Awards
A panel of individuals from the Iowa art community will jury entries. Artists whose work is selected for exhibition will receive a $1,000 honorarium per sculpture. In addition, a $500 ‘Best in Show’ award is given in Fall.

The Public Art Commission advertises the availability of the sculptures for private purchase. No commission is charged on the sale of any artwork. For insurance purposes, all sculptures must have a value placed on it. The Ames Public Art Commission selects art for a variety of public places and buildings, and may recommend that the City purchase or commission a sculpture for the City’s Ames permanent art collection.

Neighborhood Sculpture Program
The Ames Public Art Commission sponsors a companion program called Neighborhood Sculpture. For each of the past several years, the City has purchased at least one of the exhibition sculptures for placement in an Ames neighborhood.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the artist to transport the selected sculptures to and from Ames, Iowa. A level, 36” square concrete pad will be provided and bolts in the pad will be installed upon request. One 42” pad and one 96” pad are also available. Artists will work with City staff to install sculptures. Artwork must remain on display throughout the duration of the exhibition.

The City of Ames will insure the sculptures up to a maximum of $10,000 property loss after installation. The City retains the right to remove damaged sculptures in the absence of prompt and satisfactory repair in the interest of public safety.



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