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Art In Public Places - Dogwood Arts Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition - Knoxville, TN
Entry Deadline: 4/26/21
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Art In Public Places - Dogwood Arts Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition - Knoxville, TN): $25.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 9
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 9
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Tennessee
Event Dates: 6/12/21 - 6/13/21

Art In Public Places Sculpture Exhibition (AIPP) is open to artists 18 years of age or older residing in the United States. Sculptors may enter three (3) completed artworks. All works entered must have been created in the last five years and not previously exhibited in AIPP Knoxville.


April 26, 2021: Application Deadline 9:59PM EST [$25 Fee]
May 6, 2021: Notification of Acceptance via Email
June 11 -12, 2021: Installation Dates [Weekend]
June 15, 2021 – June 17, 2022: Exhibition Dates
June 17 – 18, 2022: Removal Dates [Weekend]

Work must be suitable for outdoor installation: a) must be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions (high winds, below zero temperatures, snowstorms); b) must withstand high traffic environment; c) should take into consideration the safety of the audience and d) artwork must be durable and require limited to no maintenance e) concrete sculptures pads and electricity will be provided for installation and removal. 

Sculptures must be installation-ready. Artwork will be reviewed by Dogwood Arts staff and City of Knoxville officials upon arrival. If the piece is deemed structurally unsound or misrepresented by the corresponding application, acceptance into the exhibition and the artist stipend will be revoked.

Artists are responsible for shipping and delivering the sculpture to and from the installation site. Artists are also responsible for timely installation/removal of the artwork within scheduled dates and times. Any additional cost incurred by Dogwood Arts due to untimely installation/removal will be deducted from the 2nd installment of the artist stipend.

Dogwood Arts will provide equipment (crane & forklifts) and expert hands-on assistance. However, the artist will oversee and participate in the installation/removal process and should bring the required tools and appropriate hardware to secure or remove their work. Dogwood Arts staff, contract labor, and volunteers shall not be held responsible for loss or damage to the artwork during installation or removal. 

If an artist is unable to be present during the designated installation and de-installation dates, he/she will be 100% responsible for additional costs that may be incurred during an installation or de-installation outside AIPP’s schedule. Additional costs could include those resulting from crane rentals and road closures.

Copyright of the artwork remains with the Artist. Dogwood Arts will credit the Artist whenever the artwork is exhibited in public or published by Dogwood Arts. Dogwood Arts may use images of the artist and artwork in promotional or educational materials.

$3,000: Best of Show
$2,000: 2nd Place
$1,000: 3rd Place
$1,000: People’s Choice Award
$500: Two (2) Honorable Mention Awards
Total: $8,000

In addition, all finalists whose works are installed will receive an Artist Stipend of $2,000 per sculpture ($1000 upon delivery to the site and $1000 upon removal). The sculptures that are sold during the exhibition will be delivered by Dogwood Arts to the buyer at the close of the exhibition, and there will not be a $1000 removal stipend awarded to artists on those sold sculptures.

Our non-refundable application fee is $25 per application. Artists may submit up to three (3) artworks per application with three views of each piece. Upload 1-3 views of each sculpture (9 photographs total). Please address the sculpture's footing method, installation requirements, and overall dimensions.  

Previous jurors have included John Henry, Isaac Duncan III, and Justin Rabideau. Our 2021 Juror will be sculptor and Public Art Committee Representative - John Douglas Powers. Jurors are chosen for their expertise in the field or extensive curatorial experience. After the juror makes his/her selections, the artworks are reviewed by the City of Knoxville's Engineering Department and the Public Art Committee. 

Artists are encouraged to sell their sculptures during the exhibition period. However, the work must remain on-site for the duration of the exhibition. Every effort is made to promote sales. All sales are handled by Dogwood Arts. The commission split is 80/20, with 80% going to the artist and 20% donated to Dogwood Arts. To date, Dogwood Arts has permanently placed over 16 sculptures. 

Contact Kate Creason: Emails are typically answered M-F 9 am-5 pm or text 423-7710-6610 to schedule a phone call.