Call for ILLINOIS Artists: Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum

  • Commissioning Entity: Illinois Art-in-Architecture Program
  • Budget: $73000
  • Open Date: 02/25/2020
  • Commissioning Location: United States
  • Geographic Eligibility: Applicants in state of installation
  • Close Date: 04/10/2020

Brief Description

The Committee is interested in an exterior sculpture or installation that will activate the new entry plaza area being created for the Coliseum restoration project. In addition to artwork the area will provide a sense of arrival to the building and incorporate seating and landscaping. The themes that the Committee is most interested in exploring are the importance of agriculture to Illinois as well as the Coliseum as a site of joyful gathering. A long, low building, the Coliseum epitomizes the fertile, flat, loess prairies that have nurtured agriculture in Illinois for millennia. It is at the heart of the State Fair, the state’s annual celebration of its agrarian heritage and reconnects the state’s urban and suburban centers to its rural roots. It is also the site of over a century of joyful gatherings for families, friends, and communities. The piece must be durable, safe, and cost effective to maintain and must be able to endure the rigors of the Illinois climate.

  • Contact Name: Art in Architecture Coordinator
  • Contact Email: [email protected]
  • Contact Phone: (217) 782-9561