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2016 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
On Broadway - Prospectus

Downtown is where we find our history, sense of individuality, and the mighty Mississippi – where the river turns a thousand tales! It is also home to locally owned businesses that bring flavor and matchless experiences. Places such as the city hall and federal courthouse, as well as Southeast Missouri State University and Media Row, are also found in Cape Girardeau’s Downtown. Together, these entities keep us connected and informed.

The Public Art Exhibition has been identified as yet another dynamic revitalization strategy to elevate the arts community within the region, as confirmed by the success of the past two years of exhibits. In fact, last year’s exhibit was named a finalist for the Missouri Main Street Connection’s State Award for Top Special Event, and a piece was sold for permanent placement on Broadway!

Several locations along the Broadway Corridor in Downtown Cape Girardeau have been selected for public sculpture and yield high visibility with both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. All work entered must be freestanding and “suitable” for long-term outdoor public display within the space provided. The durability of the work and safety of the public will be a consideration for selection.


The Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition is open to all applicants 18 and older. All entries must be original work and of safe design and construction. Acceptable entries may be existing works, completed prior to the submission, or detailed sculpture proposals. The selected works are to be on display in Cape Girardeau, MO from April 15, 2016 to April 7, 2017.

Suitable outdoor work ready for installation must be:
 - able to be structurally secured to a concrete pad with 3/8 to 1/2 inch anchor bolts, or able to sit safely on the ground with no possibility of tipping.
- capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions, high winds, extreme summer heat, and freezing conditions.
- maintenance free for the duration of the exhibition.
- safe for the general public (no sharp edges, no climbing hazards, no breakable or bendable components, of a height that would not create a balance hazard etc.)

Works judged as unsuitable will not be considered for the exhibition.

The City of Cape Girardeau will provide general liability insurance coverage during the exhibition from April 15, 2016 to April 7, 2017. The City of Cape Girardeau will not cover repairs to damaged artwork during installation, exhibition, or de-installation. Artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance for travel to and from the exhibition.

Each artist selected for the exhibition will receive a $1,000 honorarium to cover transportation, installation and de-installation of the sculpture, and all other expenses involved. Any costs over $1,000 are entirely the responsibility of the artist.

Artists are responsible for the delivery, installation, and removal of the artwork according to the timeline agreed upon with the City of Cape Girardeau. The City of Cape Girardeau will provide limited assistance and supervision of the installation and de-installation of artwork. Sculptures must be installed no later than April 15, 2016 and removed by April 7th, 2017. Any sculpture that cannot meet the scheduled installation and de-installation dates will be disqualified and an alternate piece will be chosen.

Artists may sell the exhibiting artwork during the exhibition period. However, exhibiting artwork may not be removed until the exhibition has concluded on April 7, 2017. The City of Cape Girardeau stipulates a 10% commission on all sales of exhibited artwork.

A printed brochure and online catalog will be produced to promote the exhibition and the exhibited artists. The Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition reception will be on April 15, 2016 and all artists are invited and encouraged to attend.


All entries must include the following. Incomplete entries will not be considered.

 1. Completed Entry Form.
2. Digital Images of Submitted Work. Maximum of three entries per artist. Maximum of three images per entry. Each image should be labeled with image number, artist name, and entry title.
3. Digital Image List with image number, artist name, entry title, media, dimensions, and date completed.
4. If submitting a proposal, artists must submit three detailed, digital renderings of proposed work (jpeg) with a statement describing material, dimensions, and process for completion. In addition, artists submitting a proposal must also submit three images of past, completed artwork.
5. Artist Statement and Brief Artist Biography.
6. Current Professional Resume.
7. Deadline for submission is October 20, 2015 by 5:00 pm. All entrants will receive email notification of results by December 4, 2015.

All entries must be entered through our online entry form, and all questions directed to Murielle Gaither at: Each artist will receive an email confirmation on receipt of each entry.


Artwork entries will be juried by a guest juror along with a committee consisting of local artists, city, and business professionals from the Cape Girardeau area. The selection process will reflect diversity of sculptural practices while maintaining high standards of professional artwork and safety.

The artistic career of this year's juror, James Johnson, spans over 40 years. As a sculptor/artist, he has participated in over 60 regional and national juried and invitational exhibitions, completed numerous Large-scale public sculptures in aluminum and cor-ten steel, ranging in size from 12 to 25 feet in height which are on permanent and temporary exhibit in Kansas, Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri, and Iowa. He has received six grants from state and local institutions to develop glassblowing and bronze casting facilities and was selected as one of five sculptors to participate in a research project at the University of Costa Rica. In addition, he served as an artist-in-residence at Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana, where he designed and fabricated a 17’ 2,000 lb. large-scale public sculpture. He was selected as guest instructor at the Texas Tech University summer program in Junction, Texas and the Penland School of Arts and Crafts in Penland, North Carolina. A 1963 graduate of Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art, he went on to receive his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1970. He spent nearly a decade teaching at the University of Kansas and Arkansas State University before making his way to Eastern Illinois University where he served as Professor and Chairperson of the Art Department and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.


August 20, 2015
   Prospectus made public.
October  20, 2015
   Deadline for email submissions at 5 pm. No late submissions will be
    accepted. Email notification will be sent to verify receipt of submissions.
December 4, 2015
   Email notification to artists of selected work.
   Contracts mailed and installation requirements requested.
December 15, 2015
   Contracts and installation requirements due.
April 14 & 15, 2016
   Installation of artwork to be completed by 2 pm on April 15th.
April 15, 2016
   Exhibition Reception.
April 19, 2016
   Honoraria mailed.
April 7, 2017
   Exhibition closes. De-Installation of artwork.