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MSA and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum Outdoor Exhibition - RFP

Eligibility: MSA members, 18 years and older.

Exhibition location: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Hamilton Ohio
: $3,000 per sculpture


Submission deadline – April 10, 2020

Notification date – April 17, 2020

Installation dates - May 25-29, 2020

Exhibition dates - May 2020 - may 2021


Mid-South Sculpture Alliance in partnership with Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum seek artists’ proposals for a temporary sculpture exhibition with up to nine sites located on the grounds of the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park. Selected works will be exhibited for one year.


Up to nine selected artists will receive a $3,000 honorarium to cover expenses such as the temporary lease of the artwork, transportation to and from the installation site, and artist fees for on-site availability during installation and de-installation. 50% of the honorarium will be paid after selection and 50% of the honorarium will be paid after de-installation. If multiple pieces are selected from one artist an honorarium will be awarded for each sculpture. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park will provide logistical and staff support and incur the costs associated with site preparation, physical installation and promotional events and materials.

Artist Eligibility

This opportunity is open to all professional visual artists, aged 18 and older, who are current or new professional members of MSA. Each applicant may enter up to THREE works; all entries must have been conceived and created by the artist submitting the work; all media suitable for outdoor exhibition will be considered. Applying for membership can be made when submitting for this exhibition.


All sites are located in the Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum grounds.


Artists will need to provide artwork dimensions and weight with submitted materials. Sculptures will be installed using a caterpillar/forklift. Pyramid Hill will install all artworks that are “drag and drop” or have simple assembly instructions. Anything with sculpture specific intricate installation procedures must be done by the artist.

Artwork Themes

There are no mandated themes for the artwork. However, we encourage the entry of pieces of an exciting, vibrant, and energetic nature. Submitted works must be completed and available for delivery by pre-arranged installation dates in May of 2020.

Artwork Scale

MSA is seeking sculptures capable of creating a visual impact in a prestigious sculpture park environment. All selected works must be able to be installed using a forklift. Sculptures may not weigh more than 6,00lbs. Other dimensions are only limited by their transportation limitations.

Artwork Materials

There are no recommended materials but the artists should consider the viability of the work’s structure and appearance and ability to be displayed outdoors for to twelve months. The Ohio climate is hot and humid with intense sunlight, periodic rain, thunderstorms, and cold with frequent freezing temperatures during the winter. All artwork must, therefore, be durable and require no maintenance.

Artist Responsibilities

  • Sites are for larger stable sculptures that can be securely anchored to steel pads. The installation committee will coordinate with individual artists selected to ensure safe installation. Pyramid Hill will supply power and assistance for installation. The artist will provide hardware, drill bits, and any specialty tools needed.

    Artists selected to exhibit their artwork will be responsible for:

  • ·      Transportation of artwork to and from the exhibition site.
  • ·      Artist must have personal insurance for installation or provide an insured installer
  • ·      Assistance and supervision of the installation of the artwork.
  • ·      Availability for interviews, public interactions and educational dialogue with prior notification, during installation or de-installation
  • ·      Participation in the guided sculpture tour scheduled during the MSA Sculpture Conference on the morning of Saturday November 19th. Each artist will be required to speak about their work at the installation site.  
  • ·      Appropriate installation hardware, drill bits, and any specialty tools required.


Both selected and rejected artists will be notified of their selection by e-mail.

This exhibition will be juried by a committee of representatives of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum.

Application Requirements

Images of up to 3 recent works. If necessary, please include additional detail shots of work submitted. Each image must be:

·      Saved in jpeg format

·      Set color to RGB

·      Image size should not exceed horizontal pixel dimension of 1920 pixels or vertical pixel dimension of 1080 pixels

·      Saved as artist’s last name and image’s title. Example: DOE_UNTITLED.jpg

A complete list of images. For each image, include:
  • Title
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
  • Weight of sculpture
  • Maximum projected wind surface area & estimated center height of projected wind surface
  • Date completed
Short Artist statement or bio (150 words max)

Completed entry form

If you have any questions please contact Baggs McKelvey, MSA Managing Director at admin@midsouthsculpture.org

Call: +423-903-5648

Email: admin@midsouthsculpture.org

PO Box 3505, Chattanooga | TN 37404

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