Call Detail
Call for Sculpture
Entry Deadline: 12/15/19
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 10, Maximum:Max. 10
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 10, Maximum:Max. 16
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Minnesota

Silverwood Park is seeking proposals for outdoor sculpture to be installed in June 2021. One proposal will be selected and awarded a $10,000 honorarium to support its creation. Info session: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6-7 pm.  Deadline: Juror: Betsy Alwin 

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 the amphitheater, and art & nature classes  are offered throught the year. 

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 Betsy Alwin 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.

Betsy Alwin received a BFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato and an MFA from Illinois State University. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2001. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens (Mass MoCA), the National Botatic Gardens in Washington D.C., The University of Washington, Tacoma, AIR Gallery, New York, and No Globe Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY. Public commissions include a permanent sculpture in Tokyo, Japan.  Recent exhibition venues include De Chiara Projects, Stone Ridge NY; Kolman and Pryor Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, the Waiting Room Gallery, Edina, MN, the Marian Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, and Rubine Red Gallery in Palm Springs, CA.  She was awarded a 2017 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Alwin has forthcoming exhibitions at the Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI and Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis. 

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. In your proposal, you may suggest a specific location or site in park that is ideal for your sculpture. However, the final site will be determined once work is accepted. The park and artist will work together to determine this.

Artist is responsible for all associated expenses related to design, fabrication, transportation, installation, de-installation, and removal. Artists should factor these costs into their $10,000 budget. Please include a specific budget in your proposal.

Work is to be installed by June 2021. 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 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. The artist retains ownership of the work. If agreed by both parties, the duration of display can be extended. 

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, October 22, 2019 from 6-7 pm to ask questions and learn more about the park and how to prepare your proposal.

Deadline:  December 15, 2019

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

You can begin here: 

Submission must include the following items listed below. Please put first and last name on each document.

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. You are encouraged to submit a rendering as one of your images or videos.

4.       Budget. 1 page max. Budget should support activities, purchases, costs, etc., related to proposal.

5.       10 images. Video (3 max) and 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.       Title, materials, size, year completed, dimensions, and optional description for each image. 


Info Session: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 6 – 7 pm

Submission Deadline: December 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time Zone

Artist Notification: February 15, 2020

You will be notified by email of application status by February 15, 2020. 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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