New in 2021, the City of Iowa City’s Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) is introducing a project providing the opportunity for five local Iowa sculptors to showcase their work for one year on one of five pads located throughout the community. Three pads are located in the Riverfront Crossings Park, one in the Terry Trueblood Recreation area, and another at Mercer Park. See location map for more detail. The PAAC will be responsible for review of the submissions and determining the most appropriate location of the sculptures.

These temporary exhibits will be on display from August 6, 2021 through July 2022. The proposed sculptures will be evaluated on artistic merit, creativity, public safety, appropriateness to its location, and outdoor durability. 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 consideration of an unsupervised general audience. Unstable, fragile, dangerous, inappropriate or small, lightweight works will not be accepted.  

Artists will receive a commission of $1500 for the one-year display. Deadline for submissions is Monday, June 28, 2021. Detailed information and the online submission form are located at

Date of publication

Friday, May 28, 2021