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The Feeling is Monumental Exhibition Open Call

Call for Art

Theme: The Feeling is Monumental 

The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, in collaboration with the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA), invites artists to submit outdoor sculptures that either are or feel monumental. In a world of hyper-connectivity, loneliness, isolation, and information overload, we have become convinced that this is the normal state of being. We are looking for works that invite a sense of reconnection and grounding in response to the times we live in and through AEIVA’s surroundings.

About Mid-South Sculpture Alliance: The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance is dedicated to advancing the creation and awareness of sculpture in its many forms. We promote a supportive environment for sculptors and seek to foster dialogue between artists, art professionals, and the wider community.

About Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA): AEIVA’s mission is to provide a cultural gateway that enriches and supports accessible learning, research, and thinking for the University of Alabama Birmingham community, Birmingham, and beyond. The mission is accomplished through transformative and challenging exhibitions, engaging programming, and purposeful collecting.

Open to the public since January 2014, AEIVA exhibitions focus on artists of regional, national, and international significance, works from the AEIVA permanent collection, and exhibitions of student work, such as the annual graduating BFA Exhibition each spring.

The facility is named for lead donors Hal and Judy Abroms, Ruth, and the late Marvin Engel. Los Angeles-based architect Randall Stout designed the building. “AEIVA creates a dynamic indoor and outdoor public space that physically and visually connects with the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center across the street,” said UAB President Ray L. Watts, M.D.

Location: AEIVA’s Courtyard

Submission Guidelines:

  • Artists are invited to submit three images of  pre-existing outdoor sculptures that address the theme of emotional and/or monumentality, reconnection, and restoration.

  • Submissions must include a detailed proposal outlining the concept, materials, dimensions, and installation requirements of the proposed sculpture.

  • Artists must provide installation hardware suitable for outdoor installation.

  • Artists may submit up to three works for consideration. Please submit as separate applications

  • All submitted works must be accompanied by a current resume/CV, artist statement, and a portfolio of up to 5 images of previous, relevant work.

  • An exhibition catalog documenting all accepted works will be produced for the conference. A representative image and an artist statement for each performance will be included. Artwork images, artist statements and biographies submitted for the jurying process will be used for the catalog production. 

  • Submissions should be made using the Google Form located here. Detailed instructions for each required element are available on the form.

Eligibility: This call is open to all artists. MSA members are free to apply, non-members must pay a 50.00 application fee. Pay application fee here.

Selection Process: A jury of art professionals and representatives from the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance and AEIVA will review all submissions and select sculptures for inclusion in the outdoor exhibition.

Exhibition Details: Selected sculptures will be installed onsite at AEIVA. 

  • Awarded artists will receive $2000 for the 6-month exhibition.

Important Dates:

  • Call published: June 27, 2024 

  • Deadline for submissions: July 31st 2024

  • Notification of acceptance: August 15th 2024

  • Sculpture delivery date: October 10-12, 2024

  • Exhibition dates: October 12, 2024 - April 9, 2025

Contact Information: For inquiries and submission guidelines, please contact Miranda Kyle, MSA Outdoor Committee Chair, ADMIN@MIDSOUTHSCULPTURE.ORG 

We look forward to receiving your submissions and exploring the transformative power of sculpture in our communities.

Call: (803) 956-9876


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Murfreesboro, TN 37133

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