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Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition 2021-22
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Entry Deadline: 5/15/21
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Number of Applications Allowed: 4

Entry Fee (Entry Fee): $8.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 4
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 4
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: National
State: Florida


Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition 2021-2022 (RBSE) (REVISED DATES)

Caring About Tomorrow: Exploring Environmental

Interdependence Through Public Art

 Artists working in the design, construction and installation of outdoor sculpture are invited to submit an application for the third biennial Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition, opening on Labor Day weekend, September 4, 2021 and closing on September 5, 2022. All entries must be submitted online via CaFE´ at Application deadline is May 15, 2021.

We encourage entries that reflect on our state of environmental interdependence and how concerted actions we take today can ensure a healthier population and planet for tomorrow. 

Our environment encompasses all our surroundings – living and non-living – and the health of all the components of the environment are inextricably intertwined.  When in balance, we feel ‘at one with nature’, healthy and thriving. When we are out of balance, we feel unsteady, unhealthy, and disoriented. We are mutually interdependent.

Negative impacts, such as air and water pollution, over-farming, over-fishing, harmful mining and drilling practices, excessive deforestation, improper waste disposal, and technology overload place us and our surroundings at increased risk of disease and dismay. Conversely, we see the positive impacts of our relationships – one creature benefitting another through initiatives to protect and rescue our wild, domestic and endangered animal and marine life, recycling, repurposing, reusing, and refusing single-use plastics, supporting policy makers who commit to protecting our environment, participating in trash removal drives, growing community gardens, building walkable communities, and investing in clean energy production – leading to improved health, harmony, and well-being.

Throughout history, it is the artists who hold up the mirror to our humanity and reflect the world not only as it is, but as it could be. Amid this year of revelation and reevaluation of the state of our world, we look to the tender and concerned hands of the sculptor for expressions of hope and wisdom in the creation of a more sustainable world in order to protect our health and the health of our planet for generations to come.

Between 10 - 14 sculptures will be chosen for this juried exhibition.  A $1,500 honorarium will be awarded to each artist whose sculpture is selected. First and Second Place winning sculptures will be named, with awards of $2,000 and $1,000 respectively.

PURPOSE. The purpose of this sculpture exhibition is to enhance the quality and excellence of Rosemary Beach through complementing its architectural heritage and natural beauty with outdoor sculpture; and, to contribute to the cultural arts environment in our county and surrounding areas.  In addition, it is intended to stimulate consideration, discussion, and action focused on environmental issues.

ARTIST QUALIFICATIONS. Experienced sculptors are invited to submit their work for consideration. Artists must have documented experience with the design and construction of outdoor sculpture.  

This exhibition is open to all artists who meet these requirements.   

DESIGN PARAMETERS. Locations for sculptures have been selected for the greens, gardens and squares that dot the town that accommodate works of art of various dimensions and presence.  Click the dates to see examples from the 2017-18 and the 2019-20 Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibitions.

In addition to stand-alone sculptures, environmental works/site-specific land art that reconnects the urban environment with nature will be considered. 

Sculptures must adhere to the following design parameters: 

  • Pose no risk of injury to the public (i.e. sharp edges, slip hazards, flammable materials). 
  • Must be able to be semi-permanently fixed/not easily removed from a heavy base. 
  • Sculpture must not require maintenance for the duration of the exhibition.
  • Works must be able to withstand all weather conditions, high temperatures, direct sunlight, humidity + salt. 
  • Sculptures must be guaranteed against defects and deterioration.
  • Works in this public art exhibition may be touched, climbed on, etc. by the public and therefore must be safe, stable and durable. 
  • Sculptures will be viewed in-the-round. 
  • Only original, complete works of art created by the artist will be evaluated.   

TIMELINE. Application deadline is May 15, 2021. Finalists will be notified on or by June 15, 2021. 

Artists will be required to deliver their sculpture to Rosemary Beach and assist in its mounting between August 16 - Sept. 1, 2021.  In exceptional circumstances, sculptures may be shipped to and from Rosemary Beach, FL at the sculptor’s expense.

Sculptors are encouraged to attend the Patron’s Party, a sculptors’ panel discussion  and the opening ceremony Sept. 2 - 4, 2021.  Free lodging will be offered for two nights. Events surrounding the opening of the Exhibition are being planned in a manner conformable to any health and safety related restrictions promulgated by governmental or other entities with such authority that may be in effect at the time of the opening; events will not be held if prohibited by such entities. 

DURATION OF EXHIBITION. Opening to the public Memorial Day weekend starting Sept. 4, 2021 and will run through Sept. 5, 2022. 

VENUES FOR SCULPTURES. There are a variety of sites where sculptures will be displayed. These include several expansive greens where sculptures can be seen from numerous angles and locations. Other sites are located within small parks, gardens or squares nestled within residential areas of the town.  

SELF-GUIDED TOUR. A map and self-guided tour will be developed in conjunction with Otocast once sculptures are selected and the placement locations determined. Each artist will be asked to provide a 3-minute verbal introduction to themselves, art-making processes and the selected sculpture. This accompaniment will be downloadable on smartphones.

TO APPLY. Submit the following materials to CaFÉ at

Only complete applications will be considered. 

  • Artist CV, outlining education, training, exhibition + project history 
  • Artist’s statement to include the meaning and interpretation of the sculpture as it relates to environmental interdependence and the environmental issues identified in our introduction. The artist’s statement is a key component of the application.
  • Title, medium, dimensions + year of work being submitted
  • Low res images (multiple angles) of sculpture
  • Low res images of previous relevant projects, substantiating experience in the construction of outdoor sculpture. Please include title, medium, dimensions + year for each work. 
  • Dimensions (no parameters) 
  • Specification of all materials, accompanied by an explanation of how these materials will withstand environmental elements 
  • Contact details: email, address + phone number 

There is a $8.00 application fee per sculpture entered. Each application should contain one sculpture only.  Multiple pictures of the same sculpture are permitted up to 4.  Sculptors wishing to enter multiple sculptures for evaluation will need to submit multiple applications, one per sculpture.    Application deadline is May 15, 2021. Finalists will be notified on or by June 15, 2021.

ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS. Ten to fourteen sculptures will be selected based on the quality of concept, design and execution, as well as how they meet the project goals, by a committee of local and national experts in the field and local art collectors.  

Only finalists will be notified.  

CONSIGNMENT CONTRACT. A consignment contract will be drafted for each selected sculptor, outlining consignment dates, value, authentication of work, photography/reproduction policies and insurance terms. 

Consignment contracts will also specify whether sculptures are for sale through the Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition or on loan.  

A commission of 30% will be deducted from sculpture sales.  

INSURANCE. Artists reserve the right to insure their loaned works. Rosemary Beach Sculpture Exhibition will issue limited insurance and provide security to limit chances of damage or theft.  

HONORIUM AND AWARDS. All artists whose work is selected for the exhibition will be offered a $1,500 honorarium once his/her sculpture has been delivered and mounted.  In addition, an award of $2,000 will be given to the artist whose sculpture is chosen as the First Place winner, and an award of $1,000 will be given to the artist whose sculpture is chosen as the Second Place winner.

At the end of the exhibition, sculptors are required to remove their work no later than September 20, 2022.

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS. Please visit our 2017-18 Exhibition page and our 2019-20 Exhibition page to learn about our previous exhibitions.

MORE ABOUT THE 2021-22 EXHIBITION. Please visit our About page for more information.


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