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Call for Sculpture
Silverwood Park
2500 County Road E
Saint Anthony, MN 55421

Entry Deadline: 1/31/18
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 15


Silverwood Park is seeking proposals for outdoor sculpture to be installed in September 2018. One proposal will be selected and awarded a $5000 honorarium to support its creation. Deadline is January 31, 2018. Juror: James Brenner

Silverwood Park, a Three Rivers Park District facility located in St Anthony, MN, is devoted to the integration of artistic creation and nature-based experiences. Each year, over 275,000 guests visit the park. We are a unique 120 acre park in the Twin Cities area, offering spectacular views of Silver Lake, restored prairie, and mature oak forests. The main visitor’s center includes a gallery, café/coffee shop, gift shop, and large event hall. Other amenities at the park include education facilities, picnic sites, fishing opportunities, and paved trails. Nature-inspired artwork is exhibited in the gallery, performances are scheduled in a multi-use amphitheater, and art classes are offered throughout the year. More information about the park is available at

Artists 18 years of age or older who primarily live or work in the Midwest are invited to submit proposals individually or collaboratively.

Proposals will be judged on artistic merit, capability, budget, and impact as evidenced by past work and supporting materials. A panel including Jack Becker and Park District staff members will review proposals and select one project. Ideal proposals will support the mission of Silverwood Park and be site-specific.

James Brenner received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the 20 years of his professional career as a sculptor, Brenner has served as a core artist for the Chicago Public Art Group, the director of Chicago Sculpture Works, and the director of the annual “Paradise Pour” iron pour and artist residency in Columbus, IN.  Brenner’s work ranges from large-scale, interactive steel sculptures, to collaborative, public art projects, to synergistic iron casting events.

Integral to their surrounding physical and social environments, his sculptures serve as platforms for social dialogue. His work asks the viewer not only to observe, but also to engage to become a viewer/participant either in the process of the making or the way the sculpture is experienced.  Brenner has participated as a visiting artist on over 20 occasions nationwide, completed over 30 public and corporate arts commissions, and his work has joined numerous public and private collections across the country and abroad.

Proposals are accepted for individual and collaborative works. Artwork may include but is not limited to freestanding sculpture and site-specific installations. Preference given to site specific projects. Due to the 2 year duration of installation, seasonal or ephemeral work will not be given priority. Materials used in construction should be appropriate to an outdoor environment and should not negatively impact natural habitat, wildlife, or park guests. Certain work might require the submission of additional information or materials for consideration.

Artist is responsible for all associated expenses related to design, fabrication, transportation, installation, de-installation, and removal. Artists should factor these costs into their $5,000 budget. Please include a specific budget in your proposal.

Work should be installed by September 2018. Costs related to transport and installation of the work will be the responsibility of the artist unless otherwise stipulated. Limited assistance from Silverwood’s maintenance department is available on a case-by-case basis at park’s discretion. Silverwood will provide signage, a mobile audio/web stop associated with the work, and basic maintenance of site. Upon installation, Silverwood will assume limited liability for any gross damage (unrepairable by the artist) or theft of the artwork, excluding ceramic, glass, and other fragile sculpture materials or damage resulting from faulty construction or materials. 

Duration of installation is a minimum of 2 years. Work is to be continuously displayed during this time. Silverwood Park reserves the right to request that the artist remove or repair a work at any time during this period if circumstances require. At the end of the duration, the artist retains ownership of the work.

Silverwood Park retains responsibility for advertisement of work through listing in a quarterly events calendar and onsite fliers as well as through the Three Rivers Park District website and social media sites. Silverwood may include sculptures in educational programs at the park. Any additional desired advertisement will be the responsibility of the artist. 

Join us on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 from 6-7 pm to ask questions and learn more about the park and how to prepare your proposal.


You must set up an account with CaFÉ in order to submit your entry. CaFÉ will guide you through application process.

Submission must include the following items listed below. Please put first and last name on each document.

1.       Resume. 2 page max.

2.       Artist Statement. 1 page max.

3.       Proposal. 1 page max. Proposal should be clear and specific, outlining a plan. Consideration should be given to location or site, materials, mission of park, connection to natural world, etc.

4.       Budget. 1 page max. Budget should support activities, purchases, costs, etc., related to proposal.

5.       5-10 images of past work. Video (3 max) and audio (2 max) are accepted. You are encouraged to include a rendering of proposed project as one of your images or videos. Image files should be labeled with last name, first name, and number, indicating your preferred viewing order. For example, John Doe would save as doejoe1.jpg.

6.       Title, materials, size, year completed, and optional description for each image. Include corresponding file name to indicate image.

ou will be notified by email of application status by March 12, 2018. No phone calls, please.

For further information about the park or prospectus, please contact Eileen Cohen at or 763-694-2091.


Silverwood Park

Three Rivers Park District

2500 County Road E

St. Anthony, MN 55421