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2022-2023 Liberty MO Downtown Sculpture Walk

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Entry Deadline: 4/1/22
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 5
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Missouri
Budget: $2,000 honorarium, $10,000 for purchase piece

Nine sculptures will be selected and will be on display September 2022 - September 2023 in Downtown Liberty, MO. A $2000 honorarium will be paid to artists selected. 

Liberty’s Public Art Sculpture Program is a way to expand a permanent collection of public art by featuring additional pieces that would be on display for a limited period of time. Additional locations for sculptures will be added each year.  All work entered must be freestanding and resilient to variant temperatures and outdoor elements as it will be displayed outdoors for long-term public display.  Selected artists will receive a $2,000 honorarium as well as public recognition and an opportunity for sales.  The City of Liberty has the option to purchase at least one piece of art from the art pieces on display each cycle, which would become a part of the City’s permanent art collection.  The purchase price may be up to $10,000. 


The following are the guidelines for the Liberty Public Art Sculpture Program:

· Pieces must be aesthetically appropriate for display in public places.  When reviewing pieces for consideration, safety to the public (i.e. no sharp edges, no points, no breakable or bendable components, no climbing hazards, no barbed wire, etc.) and durability will be priorities for acceptance.  Height shall not create a balance hazard.

·The sculpture must be able to be structurally secured to a concrete pad with bolts.

·Materials may include but are not limited to: metal, wood, plastic, stone, ceramic or any other durable material that can withstand the variant temperatures. Regional temperature rage 120F to -30F

·Artists are responsible for insurance on the artwork, transporting, installing and removing the artwork after the display period in accordance with the timeline agreed upon with the City of Liberty.  The City shall oversee installation.  Any piece purchased by the City will be transported to its permanent location by the City.

·Each artist selected to display will receive a $2,000 honorarium to help defray costs of transportation, installation, de-installation of the sculpture, and all other expenses involved.  Any costs over $2,000 are entirely the responsibility of the artist.

·Selected Artwork must be installed by September 20, 2022 and removed the first week of September 2023.  Any sculpture that cannot meet the scheduled installation and de-installation dates may be disqualified and an alternate piece may be chosen

·Artists may sell the exhibiting artwork during the scheduled time period. However, exhibiting artwork may not be removed until the exhibition has concluded in September 2023. The City of Liberty shall have first right of refusal.


Sculpture entries shall be juried by a jury along with a committee including business and education professionals from the Liberty area.  A selection panel will review all submissions meeting the application requirements and deadline.  The selected artists may be interviewed by phone to discuss their proposed sculpture.  Selected artists must enter into a contractual agreement approved by the City of Liberty.

On or before April 1, 2022 Submission deadline.
On or before May 16, 2022 Notification of Jury results
Week of September 12-19, 2022 Installation and stipend provided to artists
Week of September 1st, 2023 Exhibition closes/ last day to de-install sculptures


Interested artists should submit the following to be considered:

·Completed application

·Artists may submit up to five (5) works for consideration any time prior to the deadline. Existing works and concept proposals will be considered.

·Digital Images of Submitted Work.  Up to five (5) images shall be submitted for each entry.  Each image should be labeled with image number, artist name and entry title.

Each entry shall list:

  1. Artist name
  2. Entry Title
  3. Materials used to construct
  4. Photos with Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth)
  5. How the sculpture will be anchored
  6. Date completed
  7. Description of entry (limit to one paragraph)
  8. Artist Statement and brief Artist Biography
  9. Current Professional Resume
  10. Asking price for the sculpture
  11. Proof of General Liability Insurance if selected.

Deadline for submission is on or before April 1, 2022.

The Liberty Public Art Sculpture Program is open to all artists regardless of location and who are at least 18 years of age.  All entries must be original work and of safe design and construction.