OMFA is inviting proposals for the Riverartes series, a public arts initiative

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The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art has begun soliciting proposals for its fifth public art proposal exhibition Riverartes V: The Art of Square Design. The exhibition is scheduled for July 30th to October 10th. 23 and is a showcase for art proposals from sculptors of national and regional importance.

The exhibition is a continuation of Riverartes Project that resulted in the placement of 11 outdoor sculptures downtown.

The project follows the national model for leased installations of monumental outdoor sculptures in cities across the country. These sculpture projects have traditionally been supported by a variety of sponsors, including grant agencies and foundations, as well as the public, private and corporate sectors.

About 100 proposals will be selected from the submissions Riverartes V. During the exhibition in the museum, the works are presented through scale models, photographs or other illustrations.

Artists selected to install works will receive a $2,500 stipend for each year of a two-year lease. Artists are responsible for transportation to and from the installation site and for overseeing the installation process.

The city is providing the land and insuring the works for the duration of the two-year lease. All sculptures will be offered for sale and may be acquired at the end of the two-year lease for the City of Owensboro’s public art collection.

Artists can enter the contest by visiting the museum’s website at www.omfa.us or by calling the museum at 270-685-3181.

Selection criteria for leased or purchased sculpture include the artist’s credentials; quality craftsmanship; Attention to the architectural, historical, geographical and cultural context; structural and surface strength; Maintainability and suitability for placement in a public environment.

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art is located at the intersection of 9th Street and Frederica Street. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are requested. Visit the museum’s website or call 270-685-3181 for more information.

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