Call to Artists: Sculpture on the Lawn

Deadline: July 1

Artists are invited to submit work – existing or conceptual – for the 5th annual Sculpture on the Lawn exhibition, an outdoor display at the entrance to the Orange County Administration Center (201 S. Rosalind Ave.) in the heart of downtown Orlando, where works are visible to approximately 10,000 people daily.

Sculpture on the Lawn is open to experienced professional sculptors as well as students and emerging artists who specialize in the design, construction and installation of outdoor sculptures. Up to three sculptures will be selected for display from October 2019 to September 2020. One of the sculptures will be selected from a student or emerging artist, if suitable.

Selection Criteria: The three main considerations are creativity, site appropriateness and durability. Images of finished works and conceptual drawings can be submitted. If the proposed project is not a finished work, artists need to provide information to assure the Selection Panel of what it will look like and that it will be completed and installed as designed.

Artist Responsibilities: Selected artists must transport the artwork to the site on the specified date and install it with minimal assistance, then remove the artwork after the exhibition.

Sites and Safety: While artistic quality is very important, works will be reviewed for durability, safety and appropriateness to the site. Artworks must be structurally sound and able to withstand a hot, humid outdoor environment with seasonal heavy rains and hurricane-force winds, in a largely unsupervised area that is not protected from weather or curious viewers. Avoiding potential problems such as rust and fading should be considered.

Installation: Orange County provides 12-by-12-foot concrete pads. Sculptures must be firmly secured to the pads.

Selection Panel: Members of the Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs Public Art Review Board will make the selections.

Honorarium: Each artist will be awarded $3,500 as a fee for the annual loan of the artwork and to help offset any necessary transportation, installation and housing costs. A payment of $3,000 will be made upon installation and processing of required paperwork, and $500 will be paid upon removal.

Insurance: Orange County will insure the artwork up to its stated value or $50,000, whichever is less, for theft or major vandalism. The artist will be responsible for any repairs needed due to fabrication defects or reasonable wear and tear of the object in a public location.

Size: There is a 6-foot minimum height preference. The sky is the limit for the maximum height.

Sales: Sales of the works will be encouraged and promoted. Any sales inquiries will be forwarded to the artist or designated agent. No commission will be charged. Sculptures must remain on site until September 2020.

– Proposals due: July 1 at midnight
– Notification of acceptance: July 12
– Installation time frame: October 1 to 12, 2019
– Sculpture on the Lawn Opening Reception: October 21, 2019, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
– Sculpture removal: October 1 to 11, 2020

Details and an online application can be found here.