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City of Sandpoint Silver Box Project
City of Sandpoint
Attn: Melissa Bethel; Planning Department
1123 Lake Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Contact Email:
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Idaho
Entry Deadline: 8/15/17
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3

Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 5

DEADLINE EXTENDED until August 15th!

Silver Box Sculpture Project

Sandpoint Arts Commission
1123 Lake Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864

The purpose of our public art programs is to enhance the public spaces of the city of Sandpoint by the introduction of art into the city environment and to promote the city as a center for artistic and cultural excellence by such provision.

Sandpoint is the largest town in, and the county seat of, Bonner County, Idaho and has an estimated population of 7,984  based on the 2010 census.

Sandpoint's major economic contributors include forest products, light manufacturing, tourism, recreation and government services. As the largest service center in the two northern Idaho counties (Bonner and Boundary), as well as northwestern Montana, it has an active retail sector.

Sandpoint lies on the shores of Idaho's largest lake, 43-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille, and is surrounded by three major mountain ranges, the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot ranges. It is home to Schweitzer Mountain Resort, Idaho's largest ski resort, and is on the International Selkirk Loop and two National Scenic Byways. Among other distinctions awarded by national media in the past decade, in 2011 Sandpoint was named the nation's "Most Beautiful Small Town" by Rand McNally and USA Today.

Entry Deadline:  August 8, 2017
Maximum number of Applications Allowed by each artist: 3

Application fee: None


A completed application form and the following media.

Project Description:

The Sandpoint Arts Commission invites artists to apply for the Silver Box Project, an art on loan competition.  

Three sculptures will be selected by jury process, for a one year loan. Artworks that are selected to participate in the project will be promoted to city visitors and residents between October 2017 and August 2018. The project culminates in a community wide vote to select a sculpture for the City of Sandpoint to purchase at the end of the project timeline.  Participation in the project implies that the winning artist is satisfied to sell their sculpture to the city for no more than $5,000, including taxes.

The artwork will be located on a highly visible, heavily trafficked pathway near the entrance to the Sandpoint City Beach.  These sculptures will be promoted to residents through print and social media, as well as highlighted in numerous community arts and culture events.

Timeline 2017/2018

August 8, 2017                                   Artist submission deadline                             

August 29, 2017                                  Artists/pieces selected                       

September 6, 2017                             Artist contracts mailed

October 6, 2017                                  Installation of art                    

Middle of August 2018                        Community Vote results announced

September 1,  2018                            Removal of art


The project is open to all residents in the states of Idaho, Montana, Washington and Oregon regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or physical or mental disability, etc.

Selection panelists and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate.

Submission Requirements:

Applications must be received through the Café website (www.callforentry) no later than 11.59 PST on August 8, 2017.

IMPORTANT:  This application represents ONE art work, with up to three images which accurately represent the work.  PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER MORE THAN ONE WORK OF ART PER ENTRY FORM.  If you wish to enter additional art works (limit 3 submissions per artist), checkout and submit the first application, then return to "Apply to Calls" and choose APPLY AGAIN TO THIS CALL.
•    Artists must include a description of each submitted work including medium, dimensions, weight, title, date of construction, cleaning and maintenance instructions and sale price.
•   Only completed original artworks will be considered.

Budget and Payment Schedule

The selected artists will be provided $500 for the provision, installation and removal of the art. The winning artist as the result of the community wide vote will receive $5,000, including taxes, at which point the City will take ownership of the piece and all insurance and liability obligations. The city will not take any commission if art work is sold as a result of project participation.

The Artwork

Sculptures will be selected on the basis of their artistic merit, artistic content, maintainability and suitability for public display.
In addition:

  • The footprint of the sculpture must be able to be securely bolted onto a 16” x 16” x 1/4" powder coated steel attachment plate. City will provide a mounting plate template at time of selection.
  • Artwork must weigh no more than 300 pounds.
  • Any projections beyond the perimeter of the plate must occur at a maximum point of 36” at the width.
  • Sculptures must be structurally safe for display in public and must not have the potential to cause injury. All components must be securely fastened.
  • Sculpture surfaces must not be prone to environmental degradation, e.g. unsealed rust.
  • Sculptures must arrive in the same condition as portrayed in the photographs. The commission reserves the right to refuse a sculpture if it does not match the photographs submitted.   

Location of the sculpture bases are on a highly visible and heavily trafficked pathway near the access to the City Beach. Sculpture bases/plinths are made of stainless steel and measure:

1.    24”x 24” x 24” high

2.    24”x 24” x 36” high

3.    36”x 36” x 36” high

Artist Responsibilities:

  • Accompany his/her artwork to town and complete the installation of the sculpture. All works must be ready for exhibition upon installation no later than October 6th.
  • Complete and sign the Voluntary Artist Loan Agreement with the City of Sandpoint.
  • Provide instructions for maintenance of the art work.
  • Maintain insurance for the sculpture at the value as stated on the loan agreement form.
  • Provide information on request for website, Arts & Crafts Brochure and other promotional materials.
  • Maintain up to date contact information with the city for correspondence.
City Responsibilities
  • Make a $500 provision to the artist for the provision, installation and removal of the art.
  • Maintain the sculpture according to the specifications outlined by the artist.
  • Promote the sculpture and artist including, but not limited to:

            1.  Inclusion in the printed and downloadable Arts and Crafts brochures.
            2.  Recognition on the City of Sandpoint’s website.

            3.  A plaque/signage at the base of the sculpture.
4.  Include the artist and highlight the sculpture at a Silver Box Project or 
                event reception.                 

Contact Information:
City Liaison to the Arts Commission:
Melissa Bethel: Associate Planner

Phone:    (208) 255-2747

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