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Call for Outdoor Sculpture
Silverwood Park
Three Rivers Park District
2500 County Road E
St. Anthony, MN 55421

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Call Type: Proposals
Eligibility: Regional
State: Minnesota
Entry Deadline: 1/15/17
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 5
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 15


Silverwood Park is seeking proposals for outdoor sculpture or site-specific installation to be installed in September 2017. One proposal will be selected and awarded a $5000 honorarium to support its creation. Deadline is January 15, 2017. Juror: Jack Becker

Silverwood Park, a Three Rivers Park District facility located in St Anthony, MN, is devoted to the integration of artistic creation and nature-based experiences. Each year, over 275,000 guests visit the park. We are a unique 120 acre park in the Twin Cities area, offering spectacular views of Silver Lake, restored prairie, and mature oak forests. The main visitor’s center includes a gallery, café/coffee shop, gift shop, and large event hall. Other amenities at the park include education facilities, picnic sites, fishing opportunities, and paved trails. Nature-inspired artwork is exhibited in the gallery, performances are scheduled in a multi-use amphitheater, and art classes are offered throughout the year. More information about the park is available at

Artists 18 years of age or older who primarily live or work in the Midwest are invited to submit proposals individually or collaboratively.

Proposals will be judged on artistic merit, capability, budget, and impact as evidenced by past work and supporting materials. A panel including Jack Becker and Park District staff members will review proposals and select one project. Ideal proposals will support the mission of Silverwood Park and be site-specific.

Jack Becker founded Forecast in 1978, and now serves as director of Forecast’s Community Services program. As a public artist, administrator, and veteran consultant, Jack specializes in developing projects and plans for communities large and small. He especially enjoys projects that connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. He has organized more than 70 exhibitions, 50 publications, and numerous special events.

Jack received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, studying under such artists as Siah Armajani and Andrew Leicester. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, he also studied there at Washington University and Webster University, as well as the Croydon College of Art and Design in Great Britain. Widely acknowledged as a leader in the field, Jack is the founding publisher of Public Art Review. In 2007, he received the Public Art Network Award of Excellence from Americans for the Arts, and in 2014, he received a lifetime achievement award from the College Art Association, through their Public Art Dialogue program.

Proposals are accepted for individual and collaborative works. Artwork may include but is not limited to freestanding sculpture and site-specific installations. Preference given to site specific projects. Due to the 2 year duration of installation, seasonal or ephemeral work will not be given priority. Materials used in construction should be appropriate to an outdoor environment and should not negatively impact natural habitat, wildlife, or park guests. Certain work might require the submission of additional information or materials for consideration.

Artist is responsible for all associated expenses related to design, fabrication, transportation, installation, de-installation, and removal. Artists should factor these costs into their $5,000 budget. Please include a specific budget in your proposal.

Work should be installed by September 2017. Costs related to transport and installation of the work will be the responsibility of the artist unless otherwise stipulated. Limited assistance from Silverwood’s maintenance department is available on a case-by-case basis at park’s discretion. Silverwood will provide signage, a mobile audio/web stop associated with the work, and basic maintenance of site. Upon installation, Silverwood will assume limited liability for any gross damage (unrepairable by the artist) or theft of the artwork, excluding ceramic, glass, and other fragile sculpture materials or damage resulting from faulty construction or materials. 

Duration of installation is a minimum of 2 years. Work is to be continuously displayed during this time. Silverwood Park reserves the right to request that the artist remove or repair a work at any time during this period if circumstances require. At the end of the duration, the artist retains ownership of the work.

Silverwood Park retains responsibility for advertisement of work through listing in a quarterly events calendar and onsite fliers as well as through the Three Rivers Park District website and social media sites. Silverwood may include sculptures in educational programs at the park. Any additional desired advertisement will be the responsibility of the artist. 

Join us on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 6-7 pm to ask questions and learn more about the park and how to prepare your proposal.

You must set up an account with CaFÉ in order to submit your entry. CaFÉ will guide you through application process.

Proposals must include the following items:

  1. Resume. 2 page max.

  2. Artist Statement. 1 page max.

  3. Proposal. 1 page max. Proposal should be clear and specific, outlining a plan. Consideration should be given to location or site, materials, mission of park, connection to natural world, etc.

  4. Budget. 1 page max.

  5. 5-10 images of past work. You are encouraged to include a rendering of proposed project as one of your images.

  6. Title, materials, size, year completed, and optional description for each image. Include corresponding file name to indicate image.

You will be notified by email of application status by March 1, 2017. No phone calls, please.

For further information about the park or prospectus, please contact Eileen Cohen at or 763-694-2091.

Silverwood Park
Three Rivers Park District

2500 County Road E
St. Anthony, MN 55421


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