Call Detail
Call for Art: Outdoor Public Art Sculptures Frankfort, KY

Entry Deadline: 10/22/21
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 4
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 4
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Kentucky
Event Dates: 12/1/21 - 10/31/23

Arts Downtown: Frankfort Sculpture Trail 

Call for Art: Outdoor Public Art - Sculptures Frankfort, KY

The Josephine Sculpture Park and FrankArts are seeking contemporary public artworks for a 2 year outdoor exhibit in public spaces through the downtown Frankfort area. 

Entry Deadline: October 20, 2021.


Arts Downtown is a multifaceted, national juried exhibition in historic downtown Frankfort, KY curated by the Josephine Sculpture Park and Franklin County Arts Council (Frank Arts). Frank Arts seeks to connect, engage and instill an appreciation for art throughout the Frankfort/Franklin County community. The group’s mission is to use public art to create vibrant spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy and to encourage economic development.

Frankfort Sculpture Trail is a curated exhibition of outdoor sculpture displayed throughout the heart of downtown Frankfort. Frankfort is the capital of KY,  a small town with a population of 50,000. Frankfort is conveniently located within 80 miles of Lexington, Louisville, and Cincinnati, OH and draws over 300,000 visitors each year.  The Sculpture Trail is a collaboration between FrankArts, Josephine Sculpture Park, the City of Frankfort, and Frankfort Tourism Commission. Over the next 2 years, the Trail will highlight over 25 sculptures, including pieces from private and permanent collections. Up to 15 of the sculptures will be on loan from selected artists and on display for 2 years. This is an opportunity for artists to showcase and sell their creations, while enhancing the cultural environment of Frankfort. 


There is no specific theme, however, artwork should be physically and thematically suitable for exhibition in public spaces throughout Frankfort, KY.  Sculptures will be placed in both city spaces/sidewalks as well as in public parks and walking trails.

We encourage proposals that show creativity as well as a broad range of appeal to the general public.  We are looking for works that capture attention and engage the public. We encourage artwork that is whimsical, kinetic, eye-catching, sound-making and/or physically interactive in some way, including art that you can sit on, climb into, photograph yourself inside, etc. 


This Call for Art is open to all artists 18 and over. Proposals can be new or existing work. If existing, work must have been created within the past 3 years. Artists working in a variety of materials are encouraged to apply, including but not limited to stone, metal, wood, concrete, found objects, natural materials, plastics, fiberglass, light, sound, etc. Artists must be able to adhere to the project timeline. A certificate of general liability insurance is necessary for all selected artists, proof of which will be required upon signing the Exhibit Contract. 


  • Art must be suitable for a hands-on outdoor exhibition in a public space.
  • Art must be a minimum of 4’ in at least one direction and no taller than 20’.
  • Art must be ready for installation in Frankfort KY by December 2021 and will remain on exhibit for 2 years. Sculptures will be de-installed October 2023, exact dates TBD.
  • Art must be able to be installed in a manner with sufficient anchoring to prevent the sculpture from being removed, tipped, broken or overturned due to adverse weather conditions.
  • Art must be maintenance free for the duration of the two-year exhibition.
  • All art must be an original creation by the artist.
  • Works of art shall not create inordinate safety problems or liability problems for the general public, the Franklin County Arts Council or the City of Frankfort.


Up to fifteen works will be selected for the 2 year exhibition. Entries will be critiqued on artistic merit, creativity, and durability.  Entries will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of art and design professionals, key funders/sponsors, and community members. Artists that are accepted for the exhibition will be required to sign an Exhibit Contract and adhere to the terms therein.

Sculpture Trail will bring significant exposure for participating artists. Artists are encouraged to sell their sculptures during the exhibition period, but it is not a requirement. Participating sculptures will receive widespread marketing including photos in a print brochure as well as online websites and social media. Each sculpture will have a sign indicating the title, medium, artist, and contact information for purchasing artwork, if applicable. The Josephine Sculpture Park will handle all sales and retain a 30% commission for any sculpture purchased during the exhibition. Every effort will be made to promote sales.  

All artists whose works are installed will receive an artist stipend of up to $2,000 per sculpture: $1,000 upon delivery to the site in Frankfort and $1,000 upon removal. Sculptures that are sold during the exhibition will not be awarded the $1,000 removal stipend.  

In addition to the stipend, all selected artists are eligible to be reimbursed for up to $500 in actual expenses related to shipping/delivery of the sculpture to Frankfort.  

Prizes will be awarded as follows in Fall 2022:

  • $1,000 Best of Show
  • $500 People’s Choice Award


Works will be installed December 2021, exact dates TBD. Selected artists are responsible for shipping, delivering, and removing their sculpture/s in close collaboration with the Josephine Sculpture Park. The Josephine Sculpture Park will provide professional installation of sculptures with crane service available. Any costs incurred due to untimely installation/removal will be deducted from the 2nd installment of the artist stipend.  

Date Activity 
August 30, 2021Call for Art issued 
October 20, 2021Deadline to apply 
October 20-31, 2021 Applications reviewed
November 3, 2021Artists Notified
December 2021  Sculptures Installed 
October 2023De-installation of Sculptures 


  1. Current CV/resume.
  2. Artist Statement limited to 1 page.
  3. 2-4 images of the art to be considered for this exhibition, showing all sides of the work. Showing the scale of the work is helpful.
  4. Sculpture information which includes:  title, date created, material, size, (height, width, depth), weight, special installation requirements, value of sculpture, selling price, and an artist's statement about the specific piece.
  5. If the sculpture has sound or light components and/or is kinetic, artist can email a max of 1 short video to: No more than 3 min. is preferred.


Submissions may only be submitted electronically through the CaFÉ website ( Artists may submit up to 3 works for consideration. Each sculpture must be submitted as a separate entry through the CaFÉ website.  


All materials must be received by 11:59:00 p.m. Mountain Time Zone (Denver, CO, USA) on October 20, 2021. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. 


Please direct all questions or requests for assistance to:

Josie Kirker, Arts Consultant

Application Requirements


Submissions may only be submitted electronically through the CaFÉ website ( Artists may submit up to 3 works for consideration. Each sculpture must be submitted as a separate entry through the CaFÉ website.  

Eligibility Criteria

Artists must be 18 to apply.