This annual public art program gives Iowa sculptors the opportunity to showcase their work around the Iowa City community. The City of Iowa City’s Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) selects sculptures based on submissions to be put on display for a year.

In 2022, there are eight locations scattered throughout the community at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area, along the Iowa River Trail, in Riverfront Crossings Park, and at Mercer and Scott parks. Visit the online location map for more detail. 

These temporary exhibits will be on display through July 2023. Artists will receive a commission of $1,500 for the one-year display.

Watch this video overview of the selected works of art, or scroll below for a short feature of each artist.


2022/2023 Selected Artists and Work

Artist: Tim Adams
Sculpture: HoopLA at Mercer Park
Bio: Tim Adams is a 1985 Landscape Architecture graduate of Iowa State University and is a Registered Professional Landscape Architect. Tim owns Stony Creek Landscapes, Inc., Webster City, Iowa, a full- service landscape design/build firm. Tim is a lifelong student of the arts. His career has been built around creating and installing "One Off" sculptures and designs for gardens, entry features, parks, churches, municipalities, and schools. Tim's primary medium is weathered steel, stainless steel, aluminum, acrylic sheet/Lexan, and native limestone. 

Artist: Hilde DeBruyne
Sculptures: Emerging and Wings of Change along the Iowa River Trail
Bio: Hilde DeBruyne is a Belgian-American artist living in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a sculptor and designer in clay, metal and bronze. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is included in public and private collections. She has successfully completed multiple public art projects throughout Iowa, California, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Belgium. Her artwork in metal is contemporary in style, often abstracted and organic in nature. She uses mild steel, cor ten steel or aluminum and usually enriches the work with the use of bold, attractive colors. Overall, her artwork has an energetic, warm and welcoming feel to it. She usually works around a certain theme and explores this theme throughout a series of works and does extensive research and makes maquette in clay or paper. 

Artist: Kristin Garnant
Sculpture: Scions Bee at Riverfront Crossings Park
Bio: With a background in graphic arts, Kristin Garnant has dealt with the design and construction of books, black and white photography, letterpress and offset printing. She has used portions of my design background to create pieces in metal. The distinct quality of steel and the combinations of textures reveal unique compositions much like the layering of fine handmade papers. Reinterpreting ideas in metal can turn the most ordinary form on its head and give it a distinctly new identity. Kristin enjoys envisioning this transformation and witnessing all the twists and turns that often take the piece into a completely different realm from the one she had planned on. It is this creative unfolding of each piece that has captured her interest in this form.

Artist: Mike Sneller
Sculpture: Succulent Bloom at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area
Bio: Mike Sneller grew up and live in Cedar Rapids but went to school at the University of Iowa and learned metalworking and sculpture there. For the last 15 years, he has been building sculptures and entering shows across the Midwest, but mostly in central Iowa around Des Moines. Mike has also had the opportunity to work with other artists such as Bounnak Thammavong and Tom Newport on various projects. For the past three years, he has been working in Iowa City as a resident artist at M.C. Ginsberg. 

Artist: Skip Willits
Sculptures: Figure and River at Riverfront Crossings Park, Chimera at Scott Park
Bio: The welding technique Skip Willits uses to create art was learned from his father, who was a shop welder for 40 years. In 1983, Skip created his first large scale public sculpture. Since that time, he's continued to make things. Yearly, Skip participates in numerous outdoor public exhibitions and produce commissioned work across the USA, Canada and Europe. His work contains the strands of his identity and directly reflects his experiences.


Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on artistic merit, creativity, public safety, appropriateness to its location, and durability in the outdoors. Work must be able to be securely installed on a 4’ x 4’ cement pad, be of the highest-quality design incorporated into its construction and be able to withstand adverse weather conditions (high winds, rain, heat, snow and freezing temperatures) and an unsupervised general audience. Unstable, fragile, dangerous, inappropriate or small, lightweight works will not be accepted.

Installation/Removal

Selected artists will be responsible for delivering, installing, and removing their work of art, working closely with City of Iowa City staff as necessary. The City of Iowa City may be able to provide installation assistance in the form of person power and some onsite transportation or moving equipment.  These needs should be detailed appropriately in the application. 

Works must be installed between July 23-August 5, 2022 in advance of the public reception on Friday, August 5, 2022 (tentative).

Deinstall must take place between July 18-22, 2023. Early pick-up of the work is not permitted.

Insurance and Sales

The City shall maintain insurance coverage on the work while on display at the Iowa City Sculptors Showcase for vandalism, theft, or damage. Insurance coverage is not provided on any works of art while in transit to or from the installation locations.

The sculptures are encouraged to be for sale and will remain on display for the time frame noted in the Artist Agreement. During the course of the year, special efforts will be made to promote the Iowa City Sculptor’s Showcase to encourage purchase the sculptures. Any unsold artwork must be removed by the artist at the end of the exhibition period.

Project Timeline
  • Friday, May 20, 2022 - Applications due by 11:59 p.m. CST
  • June 2, 2022 – Review and selection of submissions by the Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Week of June 6, 2022 - Notification of selected artists, contracts awarded
  • July 23 through August 5, 2022- Delivery and installation of sculptures
  • August 5, 2022 - Grand Opening Reception (tentative)
  • July 18 through July 22,2023 - Removal of Work
Responsibilities of the City of Iowa City:              
  • 4’ x 4’ concrete sculpture pad
  • $1500.00 honorarium ($500 upon agreement execution, $500 upon installation, and $500 upon removal)
  • $10,000 vandalism/theft/liability insurance, once the sculpture is installed    
  • oversight of the installation process        
  • a plaque adjacent to the sculpture stating: the title of the sculpture, name of the artist, a QR code leading to the artist’s website and contact information, "Available for Purchase" (if applicable) and "Iowa City Public Art Program"         
Responsibilities of the Artist
  • delivery and installation of selected artwork (with City oversight)
  • meeting all contract deadlines
  • any travel expenses
  • insurance in excess of that provided by the City (optional)
  • repairs and any other necessary work while on display

Contact Wendy Ford, Iowa City Public Art Coordinator at wendy-ford@iowa-city.org or 319-356-5248 with questions or need for additional information.