A mural and a statue are shown in Downtown Iowa City.

The Iowa City Public Art Program's mission is to enhance our public spaces, to capitalize on Iowa City's reputation as a cultural center, and to build on Iowa City's image as a vital place to live and work. By providing Arts and Culture programs that educate, entertain, stimulate and engage the public, Iowa City works to support the vitality of its diverse population, preserve and interpret Iowa City’s rich heritage, and enhance the desirability of Iowa City as a residence and destination.

The Public Art Advisory Committee was established to oversee the operations of the Public Art program and advise the City Council on potential sites that can be enhanced by the addition of public art and also recommend various pieces of artwork.

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Iowa City Sculptor’s Showcase 2022

Call for Submissions

Online Submission Form

Submissions are due by Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST

The City of Iowa City’s Public Art Advisory Committee is expanding upon the 2021 Sculptors Showcase by adding 3 additional sculpture pads to the existing 5 that were created in 2021, the first year of the exhibit.  The eight showcase pads provide the opportunity for Iowa sculptors to showcase their work for one year on one of the pads located throughout the community. See location map for more details.

These temporary exhibits will be on display from August 5, 2022 through July, 2023.

Required Artist Information

  • Artist’s bio and resume/CV
  • Brief statement or explanation of the proposed sculpture and other information related to the materials, installation needs, and potential siting
  • Photos or renderings of multiple views of the proposed sculpture (with maximum of five images)
  • 2 Professional references

Artist Benefits

  • $1,500 artist’s honorarium ($500 upon agreement execution, $500 upon installation, and $500 upon removal)
  • The opportunity to interact directly with the public for about 2 hours at the Grand Opening event on Friday evening, August 5, 2022
  • Sales opportunity for exhibited sculpture

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:              

  • a 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, 319-356-5248 with questions or need for additional information.


The Oracles of Iowa City

conceptualized by Antoine Williams and Donté K. Hayes

The Oracles of Iowa City is a partnership between Public Space One and Center for Afrofuturist Studies funded through the Iowa City Public Art Program and the University of Iowa Office of the Vice President of Research.

“The concept and ultimate vision for this mural is a visual call out or beacon to the community and to the greater region of people who will visit Iowa City. The starting thoughts for the theme of this mural comes from Double Consciousness, the term created by African American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois as the internal conflict experienced by Black people or colonized groups in an oppressive society.”

“The artists…Antoine Williams and Donté K Hayes, want to make it clear that this mural is not the end of any conversation or action in regards to improving the lives and well-being of Black people who live in and or visit Iowa City. Both murals…exhibit colorful pattern work similar to the ones found in West African traditional rituals and ceremonies. The patterns will furthermore resemble sound waves which connect the murals to their placement on the downtown parking garage across from the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building. Such placement is for the white community, government officials, community leaders, and all people who view the mural or have heard of the mural’s existence to acknowledge the systematic oppression of Black people and be accountable to do more in the community. Most importantly, the mural will speak to Black people’s humanity and not just their pain, giving expression to Black aesthetics in order to create a much-needed social transformation regarding race and not only acceptance, but respect.”

 -PS1

For addition information about the Oracles of Iowa City project, please visit the Public Space One website. 

THE PROJECT TEAM:

  • Antoine Williams, co-designer
  • Donté K Hayes, co-designer
  • Jill Wells, lead painter
  • Marissa Hernandez, painting fellow
  • Janiece Maddox, ICRU painting fellow
  • Fred Ebong, videography fellow
  • Nichole Shaw, ICRU storytelling fellow
  • Dr. Dellyssa Edinboro, CAS education coordinator
  • Loyce Arthur, project advisor
  • John Engelbrecht, PS1 executive director