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2017 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

On Broadway - Prospectus

The City of Cape Girardeau Public Art Committee is now accepting submissions from qualified sculptors to participate in the 2017 - 2018 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Now in it’s fourth year, the location of the exhibition will be along the Broadway Corridor, a nine-block span in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

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. Missouri Main Street Connection has named the exhibit a finalist and semi-finalist for two State Awards in 2015 and 2016, 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.

Download the Full Prospectus: 2017 Cape Sculpture Prospectus
Apply Online: 2017 Cape Sculpture Entry Form


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 6, 2017 to April 6, 2018.

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.
- concrete pads are 4' x 4.'
- 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 6, 2017 to April 6, 2018. 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 6, 2017 and removed by April 6th, 2018. 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 6, 2018. 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 6, 2017 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 24, 2016 by 11:59 pm. All entrants will receive email notification of results by December 10, 2016.

All entries must be entered through our online entry form, and all questions must be emailed to No late submissions will be accepted. 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.

Jennifer Torres is a tenured Professor of Art & Design and the 3D Arts Coordinator at The University of Southern Mississippi. Currently she also acts as Interim Chair of the Department of Art & Design. She has taught sculpture, ceramics, and foundations at the University for over 16 years. She is also a working artist showing her sculpture all around the United States. She has been in numerous juried shows, outdoor sculpture shows and has won a number of awards and commissions. She started the USM Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition almost a decade ago and continues to organize and help jury the show to this day. She has acted as a consultant for the Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art and was hired as a professional consultant and organizer for the Gulfport Outdoor Sculpture Show in 2015. She is very active in promoting outdoor sculpture and continues to build networking opportunities for artists and local organizations to get involved with creating shows in their own communities.


September 9, 2016
   Prospectus made public.
October 24, 2016
November 7, 2016
   Deadline for email submissions at 11:59 pm. No late submissions will be
    accepted. Email notification will be sent to verify receipt of submissions.
December 10, 2016
   Email notification to artists of selected work.
   Contracts mailed and installation requirements requested.
December 30, 2016
   Contracts and installation requirements due.
April 5 & 6, 2017
   Installation of artwork to be completed by 2 pm on April 15th.
April 6, 2017
   Exhibition Reception.
April 7, 2017
   Honoraria mailed.
April 6, 2018
   Exhibition closes. De-Installation of artwork.