Williamsburg Arts District Puts Out Call for Sculptures to Display

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This sculpture was one of 22 placed around the City of Williamsburg. (Ian Brickey/WYDaily)
Pennsylvania artist John Parker’s “Daddy Longlegs” is currently on display in the Arts District. (Ian Brickey/WYDaily)

The City of Williamsburg is now seeking proposals for outdoor sculptures to display in the Arts District beginning this July.

Artists have until April 15 to submit a proposal for a piece they would like to have considered for display at one of the 10 locations participating along Richmond Road and Lafayette Street.

The exhibition is open to sculptors ages 18 and older who are working independently or as a group. Each artist or group may submit up to five existing works completed within the last five years for consideration.

The selected sculptures will be on display from July 2016 to June 2017, and artists must be willing to loan their work to the city for the entirety of the exhibition period. Sculptures are offered for sale during the run of the exhibition but they must remain on site until the closing date.

Sculptures must be weatherproof and made of durable material designed to withstand outdoor climate conditions. They must not have moving parts or flashing or trailing lights.

Each artist is responsible for the installation of the sculpture and for providing a stand or base if needed. The city will insure each artwork while on display and a stipend of $2,000 for participation in and travel to the exhibition is available to all selected artists.

Two awards will be given out during the exhibition: the Juror’s Choice and Peoples’ Choice purchases. Both will be purchased by the City for permanent display at the conclusion of the exhibition.

In order to submit a proposal for a piece to be displayed, send an artist’s vitae, list of proposed sculptures, dimensions, weights, materials, dates of completion, retail value, insurance value and at least two photographs taken from different perspectives of each work to the Sculpture Committee at 401 Lafayette St., Williamsburg, Virginia 23185-3617.

In addition to the completed application materials, interested parties must submit a nonrefundable handling fee of $25 for professional artists or $20 for full-time students.