Public Art Sculpture Program

2017 Call for Artists


The City of Liberty Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the 2017 Public Art Sculpture Program. This annual sculpture program will include three original, three-dimensional works of art to be displayed for a one-year period at pre-selected sites within Liberty’s historic downtown that yield high visibility with both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

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 each receive a $1,000 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 for each piece submitted cannot exceed $3,500.

Applications are due by May 1 at 5 p.m. The sculptures selected will be on display from Fall 2017 to July 19, 2018.

Program Guidelines


The Liberty Public Art Sculpture Program is open to all artists at least 18 years of age. You do not need to be a Liberty resident. All entries must be original work and of safe design and construction.

The following are the guidelines for the Public Art Sculpture Program:
  • Pieces must be 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 not limited to: metal, wood, plastic, stone, ceramic or any other durable material that can withstand the variant temperatures.
  • 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 after the artist removes the piece from the display pad.
  • Each artist selected to display will receive a $1,000 honorarium to help defray costs of transportation, installation, de-installation of the sculpture, and all other expenses involved. Any costs over $1,000 are entirely the responsibility of the artist.
  • Selected Artwork must be installed Fall 2017 and removed on July 19, 2018. 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 exhibit has concluded on July 19, 2018.
A printed brochure will be produced to promote the exhibition and the exhibited artists. A Public Art Sculpture Program unveiling and reception will be planned and all artists are invited and encourage to attend.

Application Requirements


Interested artists should submit the following to be considered:
  • A completed online application, which includes:
    • Artist name
    • Entry title
    • Media
    • Dimensions and weight
    • Date completed
    • Description of each entry
    • Value
    • Three (3) digital images of each submitted work. Each image should be labeled with the image number, artists name and entry title.
    • Artist statement and brief artist biography
    • Current professional resume
    • Proof of insurance
  • Artists may submit up to three (3) works for consideration. Existing works and concept proposals will be considered. 
Deadline for submission is Sept. 29, 2017 by 5:00 pm. No late submissions will be accepted. Each artist will receive an email confirmation on receipt of each entry. Online applications are preferred. Please email Jeanine Thill if you need to submit an application by mail or in person.

Selection Process


Sculpture entries shall be reviewed by a guest juror 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 three selected artists will be interviewed by phone to discuss their proposed sculpture. Selected artists must enter into a contractual agreement approved by the City of Liberty.

Exhibition Deadlines & Schedule


Sept. 29, 2017: Submission deadline
Early Oct. 2017 : Notification of jury results. Contracts will be emailed to selected artists and artists will submit installation requirements at this time.
Mid Oct. 2017: Executed contracts due
Fall 2017: Installation
Fall 2017: Stipend provided to artists
Summer 2018: Acquisition sculpture selected
July 19, 2018: Exhibition closes