Greetings!

And Welcome to the Sculpture Tour! We invite you to submit your artwork for consideration for the 2022 Sculpture Tour season. This paperwork is the only application you will need for this juried show. This application will cover the Sculpture Tour in Eau Claire, WI , our partner cities and adjunct programs.

Due to Covid-19, we are waiving all entry fees for the program.

Sculpture Tour seeks to enhance the quality of life through FREE PUBLIC ART. We exhibit original outdoor sculptures for 11 months each year, and are the 2nd largest tour of this type in the nation! We feel our program contributes to tourism, economic development, education, cultural enrichment and community pride. It offers free family fun in a safe, outdoor setting. Free public art removes the socio-economic barriers to art!

Sculptures in the program remain the property of the artist, and are “on loan” for the duration of the exhibit. Artists are paid a $550 honorarium for exhibiting their work. They receive $350 when the sculpture is installed, and $200 at the end of the show. Please note there is not an “outgoing stipend” if the sculpture is sold. All artwork is insured while in our custody.

Each year our tour showcases over a half million dollars’ worth of art. Since our beginning, we have sold over $500,000 worth of sculpture. Sculpture Tour receives a 25% commission on any sculpture sold or commissioned. Please price your artwork with the commission included.

Please submit entry form and photo/sketch of your sculpture(s). All entries must be received by December 10, 2021. Mail or hand deliver to:



Sculpture Tour
P.O. Box 1411 Eau Claire, WI 54702 or
610 S. Barstow Eau Claire, WI 54701


Download the PDF Application here!

Submission Form

 

2022 Call to Artists



Sculpture Tour is open to professional and amateur artists of all backgrounds. Artists may submit up to four (4) of their original sculptures. Photos of a finished or in-progress piece are accepted for consideration, as well as sketches for planned pieces.

NOTE: Your piece must be finished 30 days prior to installation, or it will be replaced by another submission. There will be NO late installations.

CONSIDERATIONS:


Safety is our first consideration when evaluating sculptures for public display. Sharp protrusions, etc., may eliminate an otherwise exceptional piece.

Durability is also a strong consideration, as the piece will be outdoors and subject to extreme weather conditions. It also must withstand the interaction of a very enthusiastic public.

Audience Public art installations must be appropriate for all audiences. It is only after these criteria are met that a piece is considered artistically.

DELIVERY:
Sculptures for the 2022 exhibit must be delivered to Eau Claire or Sioux Falls prior to our Partners Network Exchange. This will take place on April 30, 2022. Other dates for 2022:

May 18-19 Installation of Sculptures in Eau Claire

May 25 Tentative installation in Red Wing, MN

Sculptures must be delivered in “intended condition” and should be treated, sealed, painted, etc prior to delivery.

INSTALLATION:

Sculptures must have a steel or stainless steel mounting plate on the bottom, a minimum of 1/2” larger than the base of sculpture. This allows us to weld the sculptures down for a more secure installation. In rare exceptions (like large scale artworks), other installation methods may be used.

AWARDS:

People’s Choice A purchase award of up to $15,000…chosen by popular vote. Sculptures not available for purchase at $15,000 or less are ineligible for this award.

Best of Show Bronze $1000 (juried)

Best of Show Other Materials $1000 (juried)

Voting closes Dec. 31, 2022. Winners announced Jan 2023 and paid at spring installation (May).