Annual Call for Entries: Public Sculpture

Quad City Arts Annual Call for Public Sculpture

WHERE: 6 or more sites throughout the Quad Cities
DEADLINE: April 1, 2017

Sculptors working within a 350 mile radius of the Quad Cities are invited to participate in an outdoor sculpture exhibition with 6 or more sites throughout the Quad Cities. (Artists residing further away will not be excluded, but must understand that no additional funds will be expended to cover mileage.)

Artists may submit up to five pieces to be considered for all sites. Past sites have included The City of Bettendorf, The City of Davenport, the Davenport RiverCenter, Downtown Rock Island, and the Kone Centre in Moline.

Sculpture Criteria

Work must be of the highest quality. Materials and construction must be able to withstand adverse weather conditions typical in the Midwest, including high winds, heat, ice, rain, and freezing temperatures with an unsupervised general audience. Sculpture must be original and appropriate for a pedestrian environment. The work must be able to be secured to a concrete pad with anchor bolts unless otherwise pre-arranged and approved. Unstable, poorly constructed, fragile, dangerous, inappropriate or small, lightweight works will not be accepted. Quad City Arts and its partnering organizations reserve the right to reject any sculptures that do not meet these qualifications. In consideration for other applicants, please do not enter a piece that is pending a call for entry or sale elsewhere.


All selected artists will be paid a $1,200 stipend for the loan of their sculpture for the duration of the exhibition (one year). The exhibition will be promoted in the media by Quad City Arts and the presenting organizations. Sculptures will be for sale. Fifteen sculptures have been purchased since the beginning of this program in 2002.


The selected artists will sign an exhibition agreement stating:

  • The presenters and facilitator of the competition will choose the site for the piece.
  • Artists are responsible for costs, equipment and labor necessary for the installation and removal of art work. A boom truck and electricity is available upon request and pre-approval of Quad City Arts. Artists and City employees, along with Quad City Arts representative, will work together on sculpture installation.
  • Artwork(s) will remain for the duration of the exhibit.
  • The presenters and facilitator, in the interest of public safety, have the right to remove any damaged sculpture in the absence of prompt and satisfactory repair by the artist.
  • Photos of the works may be used in marketing, promotional, and educational materials. If the work is not sold, artists will be required to pick up their sculptures promptly after the end of the exhibition period.
  • The presenters and facilitator are not liable for any claim, loss, theft or damage of any kind during transportation. The presenters will provide insurance coverage for 65% of the retail value of the work during the exhibit. Some deductibles and exclusions apply. Additional items may be included in the formal agreement.
  • A 35% commission is collected on items sold as a result of the exhibit. All commissions on sold work will go back into sustaining the sculpture program of the town. Payments to artists for pieces sold will be made after the close of the exhibit.

Application Instructions

Required items:
-Up to 2 images of each sculpture (Each artist may submit up to 5 sculptures)
-Sculpture title, materials, dimensions, weight, sale price, installation requirements, and a brief optional statement about each sculpture.

There is no submission fee.

Submissions will only be accepted through the online form.

The submission process for 2017 is complete. Artists will be notified by May 5th. 

To be notified when the 2018 process begins, subscribe to our e-mail newsletter on our homepage.

For help with the submissions process, contact Community Arts Director Tyson Danner at (309) 793-1213 ext. 102 or

About Quad City Arts…

Quad City Arts is dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts. Located in a bi-state region serving six counties in Iowa and Illinois, Quad City Arts provides opportunities for the public, artists, and arts organizations in performing, visual, and community arts.

About the Quad Cities…

The Quad Cities metropolitan area is located along the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, approximately 165 miles west of Chicago and midway between Minneapolis and St. Louis. The area is said to actually consist of 17 cities and is home to over 350,000 people, making it the largest metropolitan area between Chicago and Des Moines. With cultural amenities rivaling any big city setting and the mighty Mississippi at everyone’s front door, the area is seeing resurgence in the focus on downtown development that invites residents and visitors to shop, eat, live, work, and play!