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2019 Sculpture Walk Peoria
ArtsPartners of Central Illinois
820 SW Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61602

Contact Email:
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Illinois
Entry Deadline: 1/13/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 9
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 9
Entry Fee (ArtsPartners of Central Illinois: 2019 Sculpture Walk Peoria): $20.00

The Fifth Annual Sculpture Walk Peoria Exhibition for 2019.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is currently accepting submissions for an outdoor sculpture exhibition in 2019.

Sculpture Walk Peoria is an annual, juried, outdoor exhibit offering local, regional, national, and international sculptors opportunities to showcase and sell their creations, while enhancing the cultural environment of Peoria and providing opportunities to educate the public. All sculptures are to be for sale. In its first 4 years, Sculpture Walk Peoria has sold 9 sculptures.  We anticipate additional sales.

Sculptures will be placed in highly visible locations along Washington Street in close proximity to the Peoria Riverfront Museum which features over a dozen permanent pieces of outdoor public art. The Peoria Warehouse District has been included on the National Register of Historic Places. Peoria, Illinois is a city of 119,000 with a regional population of about 400,000, located 2 ½ hours from Chicago, 2 ½ hours from St. Louis and 3 hours from Indianapolis. For more information about Peoria please see:

Sculpture Walk Peoria is an initiative of ArtsPartners of Central Illinois with the full support of the City of Peoria and private businesses. This is our fifth annual event and we are seeking professional sculptures appropriate for public viewing from local, regional, national, and international artists. Sculptures are owned by the artist and loaned to the exhibit from May 18, 2019 through March of 2020. All sculptures must be made of materials that can withstand outdoor weather and not require any maintenance. The Honorarium is $2,000 dollars, payable $1,500 on delivery and $500 at pickup of the sculpture. There will be an additional $1,000 People’s Choice Award given to one artist in October 2019.

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Submission and Selection

Required Artist Information: artist’s resume, photos of a maximum of three sculptures (with maximum of three images of each), and a brief description of each sculpture submitted (500 words max). One application per artist. The call for entry on the Call for Entry website ( has complete information needed to apply. A $20 application fee applies per artist.

All sculptures must be made of materials that can withstand outdoor weather and not require any maintenance.

Sculptures are selected using a juried sculpture selection process and the selections of the jury are final. The jury will be approximately 7 jurors with 4 having an art/art leadership background and approximately 3 having a business/community leadership background.  Submissions will be evaluated on artistic merit, creativity, public safety, appropriateness, and durability in the outdoors. Further instructions will be provided if selected.

There is no age restriction on the artwork, but sculpture must appear as new. Jury will give priority to newer sculptures when making the final selections. The artist must bring the sculpture that was selected, no substitutions.


Selected artists will be responsible for delivering, installing and removing his/her work of art, working closely with Sculpture Walk Peoria. Sculpture Walk Peoria will provide a complimentary boom truck and install volunteers on Friday, May 17, 2019 for install, and on Saturday, April 4, 2020 for de-install. No boom/volunteer assistance will be provided outside of these dates.

Sculpture pad size is approximately 5 feet x 5 feet; a limited number of larger sites are available.

Sculpture will be bolted to the concrete sidewalk. All finalists will be asked to describe the installation requirements and any special equipment that may be required.

All sculptures must be installed between May 1 and May 17, 2019 for the opening event on May 18, 2019. Artists must de-install and remove their artwork on an agreed date during the month of April 2020. Early pick-up of the work is not permitted.

Artist Benefits

  • $2,000 artist’s honorarium ($1,500 upon installation, and $500 upon removal)
  • An additional $1,000 People’s Choice Award given to one artist in October 2019
  • A “concierge” assigned to each artist to help with logistics while the artist is in Peoria
  • Complimentary Boom Truck available for install on Friday, May 17, 2019
  • The opportunity to interact directly with the public for about 2 hours at the Opening Event on Saturday morning, May 18, 2019
  • Free hotel accommodations for up to 2 nights during installation: One night provided for installation and one additional night provided for artists able to attend opening day.
  • Complimentary Boom Truck available for de-install on Saturday, April 4, 2020


The sculpture must be for sale and the artist must price the work. The Sculpture Walk Peoria program will receive a commission of 20% of the sales price for any sculpture sold during the exhibition. As of 2018, nine sculptures from Sculpture Walk Peoria have been sold. We anticipate the sale of additional sculptures. The press release for each sale can be seen at:

Project Time

January 11, 2019: Deadline for submissions

January 29,  2019. Notification to artists as finalist or alternate

February 12, 2019: Notification to artists of selections

May 1 – May 17, 2019: Selected artists deliver and install sculptures to Peoria, IL, on agreed date. Note: Complimentary Boom Truck will only be available on Friday, May 17, 2019.

May 18, 2019: Opening Event (9am – Noon) Artists are invited to describe their sculpture to the public

October 2019: People’s Choice Award Winner announcement

April 2020: Artists de-install and remove sculpture on agreed date/ Note, Complimentary Boom Truck will only be available on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

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