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2018 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island
Wendy Jones
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Public Art Exhibition
PO Box 23019
Hilton Head Island, SC 29925

Entry Deadline: 1/31/18
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 1
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 1

Entry Fee (2018 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton head Island): $50.00

Extended Deadline Alert! We are excited to announce that we are EXTENDING the deadline to Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s 2018 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
seeks proposals for large‐scale outdoor sculpture engaged in a contemporary conversation about art within a natural environment. The biennial Public Art Exhibition will be held October 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019 on the grounds of the beautiful Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island. 

The 2018 theme "Envisioning Connections" is intended to inspire submissions that foster a sense of discovery, exploration, interaction, recreation, education and an element of surprise within the beauty of the Lowcountry region. Artists are encouraged to consider the theme both broadly and personally, and interpret connections that can be made around ideas such as: people and place, history and future, local and global, humanity and nature, and the material and ephemeral worlds. The Exhibition will showcase works in a variety of styles and media and will strongly consider pieces that respond to site and the notion of place.

Up to 20 large-scale outdoor sculptures will be selected by an esteemed jury based upon artistic excellence, innovation, interactivity, originality, and the work’s ability to interpret the exhibition’s theme.  

The Exhibition will be planned along the “Around the Horn” trail at Coastal Discovery Museum's historic Honey Horn. The site is a 68-acre property with a history dating back 300 years and is described as the last significant parcel of open space on Hilton Head Island. This majestic visitor friendly venue consists of salt marshes, open fields, stands of centuries-old live oak trees, the state's largest Southern Red Cedar tree dated at 1595, and a collection of some of the oldest buildings that exist on Hilton Head Island. All sculptures will be installed into the natural landscape adhering to Town and Museum standards to ensure that the integrity of the site and grounds will remain intact. The Exhibition layout will be designed by a committee of professionals with experience in areas such as: land planning and environmental stewardship. 

The mission of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's Public Art Exhibition is to be an important, internationally recognized platform for sculpture while educating and inspiring the Hilton Head Island community and its visitors. Community Foundation of the Lowcountry and the Public Art Advisory Committee oversees the Public Art Exhibition. The Public Art Advisory Committee is made up of Foundation board members, staff, professional consultants, Town of Hilton Head Island staff, local arts professionals, and community activists. The Public Art Fund Committee boasts a 10-year history of planning and programming, leveraging the arts to enhance the Town’s overall livability and create a distinct sense of place for residents and visitors alike. More than 15,000 residents and visitors are expected to attend the 2018 Exhibition.  

Deadline for application is December 31, 2017.

Click here to learn more about the Exhibition.

Click here for a map of the Coastal Discovery Museum grounds.

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2018
Selection Notification: March, 2018
Installation Dates: September 26-27, 2018*
Exhibition Patron Party: September 27, 2018
Exhibition Dates: October 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019
People’s Choice Award voting: October 1-December 31, 2018
People's Choice Award winners and Purchase Prize winner announced: Late January, 2019
Removal Dates: January 31 - February 1, 2019*
*subject to slight modification

The Public Art Exhibition is open to all artists from any country. Proposals should be for finished large-scale outdoor sculptures of any medium that will be available for display during the specified exhibition period. Works selected will vary in medium and size, representing styles both literal and abstract.  Additional criteria include public safety, durability, and the overall feasibility of the artwork to meet constraints such as budget, construction feasibility and Town codes. Proposals for site-specific installations and works not yet fabricated will be considered. Please do not submit pieces that are “representations of your work.” Sculptures should be designed and built to withstand the natural elements of coastal South Carolina with little to no maintenance required. The Exhibition site is Coastal Discovery Museum's historic Honey Horn, a landscape including a dense canopy of live oaks, palmettos, and other indigenous trees, shrubbery and plants; marsh, creek, and tidal areas; oyster shell walkways and trails; and designed gardens. Therefore, sculptures must be able to withstand rain, wind, sunlight, and audience interaction. Please note: entries may not exceed 4,000 pounds.

•    Artists will be required to give their name, address, title of sculpture, date, medium, dimensions (height including base, base width and depth) and price of work (if for sale). 

•    Artist Statement

•    Interest level in participating in educational outreach opportunities with area elementary, middle or high school students.

•    $50 non-refundable processing fee per entry. 

Artists selected by jury will receive a $2,000 participation stipend for travel, shipping, meals and lodging. (Please note: $2,000 stipend is firm. Lodging during the installation is provided. No additional monies are available for transportation costs.)

•    One sculpture may be purchased and then donated to the Town of Hilton Head Island’s growing public art collection for permanent placement. 

•    Three additional sculptures will be selected as "People's Choice" award winners. These artists will be awarded cash awards.

Educational outreach is an important component of the Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head. In 2018, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry will once again partner with Island School Council for the Arts (ISCA) to offer educational outreach opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students. Artists are encouraged to consider participating in these valuable hands-on learning experiences. Past opportunities have included speaking to elementary schools about the value of public art; building model sculptures with middle school students; and offering high school students a chance to help install and build Exhibition pieces on site. An additional small stipend may be available through ISCA for artists who participate in educational outreach.

All participants will be asked to sign a brief contract stating their agreement to exhibit their accepted works on Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's website. Your participation in this exhibition shall be understood to imply your agreement to these terms. 

Insurance for individual works in transit is optional and is the responsibility of the individual artist.

A price list will be created for the works in the Exhibition. A commission of 30% to benefit Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s Public Art Fund will be charged on all sales made through the Exhibition. Please make sure to consider this as you set your price. Sculpture prices are set as determined in the artist signed contract and are not subject to change. The maximum price for any work should be set at $75,000.

An online Exhibition catalogue and curatorial essay will be developed and made available to the audience. The pieces may feature acknowledgements, images, artwork, artist biographies, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Public Art patrons, Town of Hilton Head Island, and Coastal Discovery Museum content. 

An Otocast mobile audio guide will be produced for visitors to access information about exhibition artworks using their cell phones. Selected artists will be required to record a segment that pertains to their work, providing an added link between the artists and audiences.

The perpetual archive is kept online at