Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is a free annual exhibit of original outdoor sculptures, on display for 11 months. The Chippewa Valley has enthusiastically embraced the Sculpture Tour and our artists. Sculpture Tour Eau Claire is entering Season our 9th season, and is the 2nd largest tour of this type in the nation. The sculptures are installed in Eau Claire’s downtown area, primarily along Barstow Street, on Water Street, Grand Avenue and the Mayo Clinic Health System Campus.
Safety is our first consideration when evaluating sculptures. Also, the sculptures are outdoors and subject to all weather conditions. They must be able to withstand the temperature extremes of Wisconsin weather, and the interaction of a very enthusiastic public.Each year our tour features over a half million dollars’ worth of art. In the past 8 years, sculptures valued at more than $400,000 have been purchased or commissioned through the tour and remain in the Chippewa Valley.
Sculptures remain the property of the artist, and are “on loan” for the duration of the show. Artists are paid a $1000 stipend for the use of their work, paid in two parts. Upon delivery and installation, artists receive a $500 stipend for the first piece, and $250 for each additional piece. They receive the same fee upon completion of the show. However, the “outgoing” stipend is not paid if the sculpture is sold. Each sculpture must be available for sale. STEC receives a 25% commission on all sculpture sold, and 10% on commissioned work. This supports our program sustainability into the future. Please price accordingly.
For 2019 we will include up to 36 new sculptures in the tour. Go to Sculpture Tour Eau Claire’s website for more information: www.sculpturetour.org
IMPORTANT! Sculptures must be SAFE, appropriate for all audiences, and durable. All submitted works must be constructed from materials that can withstand constant exposure to weather elements and temperature variances. The works will be displayed in an unprotected public forum, so all submitted works must be structurally sound enough to withstand some handling, touching, and possible physical stress. All sculptures need to be in “intended condition” when delivered. We highly recommend that bronze and natural stone be sealed, steel be repainted, or other appropriate measures be taken.
INSTALLATION: Sculptures must be delivered with a steel (preferred) or stainless steel mounting plate on bottom, a minimum of 1/2” (half inch) larger than the sculpture at its base. This allows us to weld the sculptures to our pedestals for a more secure installation. In rare exceptions (generally large scale artworks) other installation methods are utilized.
Sculpture Tour Eau Claire will provide Liability and Inland Marine insurance coverage (collision & comprehensive) on all sculptures.
AWARDS FOR SCULPTURE TOUR
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (as determined by popular vote) PURCHASE AWARD UP TO $15,000! We welcome sculptures of all ranges in value. However, this is a sponsored award and only sculptures that we can purchase at $15,000 or less are eligible.
BEST OF SHOW BRONZE $1000
BEST OF SHOW OTHER MATERIALS $1000
AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS-NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 20, 2019
Please submit entry form and photos or sketch of your piece, along with $25 per sculpture entry fee. All entries must be either mailed or hand delivered by October 1, 2018 to:
Sculpture Tour Eau Claire P.O. Box 1411 Eau Claire, WI 54702
Entries may also be dropped off at the Eau Claire Community Foundation office, 306 S. Barstow, or the Sculpture Tour office at Artisan Forge Studios.