We invite you to submit your artwork for consideration for the 2021 Sculpture Tour season. Page 3 of this document is the only application you will need to submit your work to this juried show.
Like most organizations, Sculpture Tour has had to make operational adjustments to survive the effects of Covid-19. Please note the changes in our stipend amounts. We also, this year, are waiving any entry fees to encourage participation in our program.
Sculpture Tour works to enhance the quality of life with free public art—contributing to tourism, economic development, education, cultural enrichment, active lifestyles and community pride. We seek to eliminate any socio-economic barriers to art.
Our annual exhibit features original outdoor sculptures! We are proud to be the 2nd largest tour of this type in the nation, with adjunct programs in other neighboring cities. We will be looking for 40 to 50 new pieces this season. Your work will be considered for our entire program.
Each year our tour showcases over a half million dollars’ worth of art. Over the past 9 years, sculptures valued at more than $420,000 have been purchased or commissioned through the tour and remain in the Chippewa Valley.
Sculptures in the program remain the property of the artist and are “on loan” for the duration of the show. Artists are paid a $550 stipend for the use of their work, paid in two parts. Upon delivery and installation, artists receive a $350 stipend for the first piece, and $200 for each additional piece. When artists retrieve their work at the end of the show, they receive an additional $200 per piece. Please note there is not an “outgoing stipend” if the sculpture is sold.
Sculptures must be delivered to Eau Claire, or to Sioux Falls prior to our Partners Network Exchange. Sculptures must be picked up after the show in a timely manner.
Each sculpture must be available for sale. Sculpture Tour receives a 25% commission on all sculpture sold, and on related commissioned work. This supports our program sustainability into the future. Please set your price with this commission included.
The Eau Claire program is open to professional and amateur artists of all backgrounds. Artists may submit up to four (4) of their own original sculptures. Photos of a finished or in-progress piece are accepted, as well as sketches of a planned piece. For this year only, we are waiving all entry fees.
PLEASE NOTE: SCULPTURE MUST BE FINISHED 30 DAYS PRIOR TO INSTALLATION OR YOUR PIECE WILL BE REPLACED BY ANOTHER SUBMISSION. There will be NO late installations.
While art is our driving force, SAFETY is our first consideration when evaluating sculptures for public art. DURABILITY is also a strong consideration, and the piece must be appropriate for all audiences.
The sculptures are outdoors and subject to all weather conditions. They must withstand the temperature and weather extremes, as well as the physical interaction of a very enthusiastic public. Please bear safety and durability in mind when creating your masterpiece.
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 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 insure all sculptures while in our possession.