Call for Regional Public Art: Region 6W

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6w benchRegion 6W seeks artists interested in creating a public art project for the region, including the counties of Big Stone, Swift, Lac qui Parle, Chippewa and Yellow Medicine along the upper Minnesota River Valley in Western Minnesota.

While our communities have had occasional public art projects, our goal is to increase the amount of public art in our region. Two recent projects have been mosaic benches in Appleton, MN and a sculpture along a trail near Ortonville, MN.

Region 6W is looking to create a regional public art project including multiple towns or locations that will connect our region. The time frame for this project is 12-18 months. This call is to find qualified and interested artists, and to align them with our committee to create a proposal for a regional public art project, such as:

  • a theme of artwork addressed differently in each town.
  • similar objects, such as bike racks or benches, in two or more towns in our region.
  • artwork along trails or sidewalks in two or more towns or locations.

6w seatsWe are open to all mediums and ideas, but projects should address the majority of our outlined project goals:

  • Be unique and have a high artistic quality.
  • Include multiple towns or locations, and be something that connects our region. Each city should have the opportunity to structure the project slightly to their unique features.
  • May address a city/county need.
  • Artists may involve community members in process.
  • Artists may involve students through artist in residence or other methods.

We are not looking for a full proposal at this time, but your letter of interest should briefly identify how your project idea will meet these goals.

Click here for the full Request for Qualifications.

June 15: Request for Qualifications due. Deadline extended to June 23!
End of June: Three artists selected and paid $250 each to prepare full proposal with design concepts and budget.
Beginning of July: Artists notified and contracts written.
August 22: Full Proposals due.

Kristi Fernholz
Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission
323 W Schlieman Ave
Appleton, MN 56208

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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