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Falcon Sculpture
University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 410 S. 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Wisconsin
Entry Deadline: 10/4/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 10, Maximum: 14
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 10, Maximum: 14


The University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) is seeking proposals for an outdoor sculpture of a falcon. Strong preference will be given to the proposal that can have the artwork installed by May 2021. If that deadline is not achievable, submit a proposed deadline for installation. The sculpture will reside outside a newly renovated building, which will become a gateway to the university. As the university mascot is a falcon (Peregrine falcon), the sculpture should be a depiction of a falcon, but not the school’s mascot. It is intended that this sculpture may become somewhat of a talisman-like focal point, where visitors, students, and their families may take photos. Artists are urged to consider the physical placement, lighting, material, and size in their proposals. One proposal will be selected and awarded a $75,000–$100,000 budget to support its conceptualization, creation, and installment. Deadline is October 4, 2019. Jurors: UWRF Art Department faculty and administrative staff.

Founded in 1874, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is one of 13 comprehensive universities in the prestigious University of Wisconsin System. Located in the beautiful St. Croix Valley just 30 minutes from the Twin Cities, UWRF is a leader in exemplary teaching, undergraduate research, and sustainability. Our mission is to help prepare students to be productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective.

Artists 18 years of age or older are invited to submit proposals individually or collaboratively.

Proposals will be judged on artistic merit, capability, budget, and impact as evidenced by past work, supporting materials, and educational effectiveness around leading a student-centered activity. A panel including UWRF Art Department faculty and administrative staff will review proposals and select one project for funding. Ideal proposals will support the mission of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and be site-specific.

Proposals are accepted for individual and collaborative works. Artwork proposals are limited to a permanent, freestanding, site-specificsculpture of a Falcon. Artists are urged to consider the physical placement, lighting, material, and size in their proposals. Preference will be given to site specific proposals. Due to the permanence of the installation, seasonal or ephemeral work will not be given consideration. It is expected that the selected sculpture will remain in good working order over time, withstanding harsh Wisconsin weather. Materials used in construction should be safe, appropriate to a public outdoor environment, and should not negatively impact landscaping, the university environment, and 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 of the falcon sculpture. Artists should factor these costs into their $75,000–$100,000 budget. Please include a specific budget in your proposal.

Work is to be installed by May 2021. Costs related to transport and installation of the work will be the responsibility of the artist unless otherwise stipulated. Limited assistance from UWRF’s Facilities Management department is available on a case-by-case basis at the University’s discretion. UWRF will provide electricity, signage, and basic maintenance of site. Upon installation, UWRF 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 permanent. Work is to be continuously displayed with open access. UWRF will retain ownership of the work.

You must set up an account with CaFÉ in order to submit your entry. CaFÉ will guide you through application process. Submission must include the following items listed below. Please put first and last name on each document.

  1. Resume. Two-page max.
  2. Artist Statement. One-page max.
  3. Proposal. Five-page max. Proposal should be clear, specific, and outline a plan. Consideration should be given to Guidelines, Budget, and Installation.
  4. Budget. Two-page max. Budget should support activities, purchases, costs, etc., related to proposal.
  5. 10 images. Video (3 max) and/or audio (3 max) are accepted. You are encouraged to include a rendering of proposed project as one of your images or videos. Image files should be labeled with last name, first name, and number, indicating your preferred viewing order. For example, John Doe would save as doejoe1.jpg for first image.
  6. Image list:Title, material(s), size, year completed, dimensions, and optional description for each image.

You will be notified by email of application status by November 15, 2019. No phone calls, please. 

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