2017-2019 Sculpture Walk – HarborPark
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The mission of the Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund is to encourage and enhance cultural life and public art in the Kenosha (WI) area through facilitation, recognition, and financial support. The Arts Fund initiative is a sculpture walk consisting of a two-year installation of sculptors’ work for which each artist will receive an honorarium of $2,000. The Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund is soliciting artists for the 2017-2019 Sculpture WalkHarborPark Exhibit.
HarborPark is located along Kenosha’s active lakefront. This area is home to parks, beaches, harbors, local cultural amenities and events, an upscale residential development, local businesses, restaurants and Kenosha’s historic business and municipal district. An existing pedestrian promenade accommodates the placement of the Sculpture Walk project. The promenade meanders through HarborPark providing brilliant views of Kenosha’s harbor, Lake Michigan, and various amenities of the area. The sculpture walk adds to the scenic walk offering residents and visitors a pleasant, cultural experience. The art sculptures are enjoyed by thousands and provide varying views of the landscape throughout the four seasons. The HarborPark-Sculpture Walk allows opportunities for artists to exhibit their work in a unique setting year round.
2. PROJECT SCOPE & REQUIREMENTS
PUBLIC ART SCULPTURES
Artists will be commissioned to exhibit original sculptures from their existing collections. Works are required to be created in any durable media. High winds and lake effect conditions are a significant factor. Sculptures must withstand weather elements and abuse of an outdoor display. The HarborPark area is not secure and is not surveyed by security cameras. Content must be appropriate for all ages. Sculptures should not have sharp edges or be an
endangerment to the public. The committee reserves the right to inspect all pieces and instruct the removal of a sculpture if the committee feels it presents any hazards.
HarborPark offers the opportunity for a variety of sculptures. Life size and/or monumental sculptures of varying sizes are recommended. The public art will be mounted on square, concrete foundation slabs measuring 6’x6’ or 10’x10’. The piece must be structured so that the concrete slab is capable of supporting the art. Selection of sculptures and sizes may be dependent on the available sizes of foundation slabs. Sculptures must be ready for outdoor installation with a minimum mounting system of no less than 3/8” bolts and no greater than 3/4” bolts. A minimum 3-point bolting system is required. A template board with exact bolt locations is required and must accompany sculptures. Please indicate if you cannot provide your own drill equipment or power tools for installing and de-installing the sculptures – assistance may be available. Crane equipment for lifting and setting sculptures will be provided during installation and de-installation.
To accommodate interested parties, all pieces must be available for sale. The Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund will collect a 20% commission on sculptures sold during the period of the exhibit. The artist’s name, title of sculpture, material of piece, year the sculpture was created, and sponsor of the sculpture will appear on a recognition plaque mounted on the base of the concrete foundation slab.
Sculptures will be located on the walk for two (2) years. Artists are responsible for delivery of and the removal of their sculpture at the expiration of the exhibit. If sculpture is not removed upon removal deadline, the sculpture becomes the property of the Arts Fund. Details of installation and removal dates will be submitted upon selection of art and artist. The 2017- 2019 Installation is expected the mid to late September 2017.
Artists will receive a $2,000 honorarium per piece for the two-year period. The honorarium will be distributed over the two-year period per the following breakdown:
$1,000 upon installation of the sculpture
$500 at the start of the second year of the exhibit.
$500 upon de-installation of the sculpture. Please note: Final payment will not be given until sculpture is de-installed from the exhibit.
Each artist will be under contract with the Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund for the duration of the exhibit. Selected artists are responsible for transportation to and from the site, and are required to be on site to oversee installation.
Midnight, March 15, 2017 – Midnight, April 17, 2017.
Review and Selection: April 30, 2017 (Selected sculptures must be approved by City of Kenosha)
Artist Notification: No later than May 15, 2017 (Dependent on approvals by City of Kenosha)
Installation Dates: Anticipated week of September 11, 2017
The Arts Fund reserves the right to update or revise the schedule as necessary.
A selection panel composed of community members and facilitated by the Arts Fund will choose the finalists. Selections will be presented to the City of Kenosha review boards for final approval. Artists will be contacted once the decision has been made in a timely fashion to allow for planning of installation of sculpture.
Selection criteria including but are not limited to:
- Durable media, must withstand all weather elements, including high winds off Lake Michigan
- Suitable for an outdoor setting and safe to the public
- Represents diverse materials and perspectives
- Overall appeal and aesthetic quality
The Sculpture Walk – HarborPark 2017-2019 Exhibit Application Form (follows the Call for Art) including required supporting information must be received by
midnight, March 15, 2017 Midnight, April 17, 2017.
Kenosha Community Foundation – Arts Fund
Please indicate “2017-2019 Sculpture Walk – HarborPark Submittal” in the subject line
Kenosha Community Foundation
Attention: Arts Fund
600 52nd St #110
Kenosha, WI 53140
For more information on the Sculpture Walk-HarborPark and to view previous exhibits, please
If you have questions, please contact the Kenosha Community Foundation office at:
Phone: (262) 654-2412 or
We look forward to your submittal!