Mount Vernon Area Arts Council
Mount Vernon, Iowa, United States
Mount Vernon Area Art Council
Request for Proposals (RFP) from interested artists
Entry Deadline: February 28, 2024
The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council (MVAAC) is seeking proposals from artists for a three-dimensional artwork to be installed in the Mount Vernon Sculpture Trail.
Background: The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council has partnered with the City of Mount Vernon, IA, and the Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation Board to create a sculpture trail along an existing walking path in Mount Vernon. The trail runs through Nature Park, along Hahn Creek, and intersects the route of the old Lincoln Highway. The path is concrete and lighted by reproductions of old-fashioned streetlamps. The land is owned by the City of Mount Vernon and is part of its park system. In 2023, four sculptures were installed along the path, with multi-year plans to add sculptures along this trail.
Description of Opportunity Project Goals: The selected artist(s) will provide or create a three-dimensional piece which will serve as part of a multi-piece, multi-year installation. Four pieces were installed in 2023. The artwork will be site specific but is not limited to a particular medium. Artwork will be installed outside and must be able to withstand the elements for years to come. Iowa weather can range from from -25F to 105F. Prospective artists are encouraged to view the space if possible. Photographs of the space are attached in this application. The sculpture site is visible from the city’s main street. Foot traffic visitors can park adjacent to the trail for easy access from either Nature Park or the First Street Community Center.
The artwork must follow city ordinances. Most notably, any lighting must be in a downward direction. Prior pieces have been installed on 4’ circular, concrete pads, with identifying plaques measuring 8” wide by 6” tall.
Plaques are adhered to the surface of the concrete. Future pieces will be installed in a similar manner unless the artwork requires different installation.
Budget: The budget for the artwork(s) placed in 2024 may not exceed $15,000, including design, fabrication, transportation and installation. Multiple pieces may be selected for installation in 2024.
Process: A selection panel will review proposals for the project and select a finalist or finalists to purchase or commission pieces for the sculpture trail.
Deadline for submittal of proposals: February 28, 2024
Artist(s) Selection: March 15, 2024
Completion of installation: Summer 2024
Artist or artist team must submit the following, preferably in one document (PDF preferred):
Deadline: Artists must submit their applications by February 28, 2024 via email [email protected]
For questions about this project or the application process: [email protected] and include Sculpture Trail in the subject line.
For more info, please see the commission document link at the top of this page.