Call for Entries

ART on POVERTY BAY – 2018-2020

The Des Moines Arts Commission invites you to participate in a Sculpture Gallery to be exhibited along our Marina District streets and at waterfront locations at the Marina, Beach Park and Redondo for two years from May 2018 to May 2020. NO ENTRY FEE

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – January 15, 2018
Art on Poverty Bay invites professional and emerging sculptors to submit their outdoor art pieces to be displayed for sale or not in the City of Des Moines for two years. This rotating exhibit may include up to 9 pieces of art to be sited on 216th St., Marine View Drive S., at the Marina and Redondo Beach or in our Parks. Artists whose art is chosen will be required to sign a loan agreement with the City of Des Moines. The Des Moines Arts Commission will receive a 20% commission on any of the art that is sold during the agreement period, which will go toward purchase of sculptures for a City’s Sculpture Garden.

The work must be made of the highest quality materials that hold up in a  variety of outdoor conditions, demonstrate structural soundness, safety and stability for an unsupervised general audience, be guaranteed against defects and deterioration and fit into a downtown, marina or park setting. Each piece must be of sufficient size to be easily visible to passersby, on foot or in vehicles, when attached to a foundation/pedestal and has a steel plate that will be attached with bolts and/or welded during installation.  

Maximum parameters for sculpture:  Weight, 1,000 pounds, Height, 12 feet, Width, 6 feet.
Artists are required to provide transportation to the site for installation, positioning the art on the plinth and overseeing the installation, then transporting the art from the site at the end of the exhibition.

Artists of selected art are paid a stipend of $500 each year to defray expenses related to this exhibit. Each sculpture is insured by the City of Des Moines for replacement value up to $25,000 not including the artist’s time. The artist is responsible for a $1000 deductible.

The Art on Poverty Bay sculpture gallery provides wide exposure of the artists’ works. Full color brochures including map of sites, photos of sculptures and brief information regarding sculptures, artists and how to purchase sculptures are widely distributed. Sculpture sales will be promoted through special events and advertising within the community and surrounding areas. Installation will be done by the artist and an experienced crew.


January 15, 2018       
Entries Due
February 2018
Artists Notified
April 2018
Artist Contracted
May 2018
Installations - Dates TBD
June 2018
Opening of Arts on Poverty Bay 2018-2020
May 2020
Removal of Art


  • A CURRENT RESUME that includes day/evening/cell phone, fax, email, internet and mailing address.
  • A BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT in 200 words or less that best describes yourself that we will place on our website.
  • AN ARTIST’S STATEMENT that describes your work (inspiration, personal statement) particular to each entry and suitable for publication.

APPLICATION:  Complete one application form for each sculpture submitted (3 maximum) and all other information required (resume, biographical and artist’s statement) must be received by January 15, 2018

All applications must include one copy of the following:

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Artist’s statement
  • Current resume (two page limit) including contact information from two references knowledgeable about your work.
  • Digital images of the sculptures being submitted for consideration
  • Three sculptures can be submitted for consideration
  • Digital images per sculpture, maximum 5, minimum 3
  • jpg files, no larger than 1MB
  • jpg files should be saved “Lastname_artworktitle1.jpg”, “lastname_artworktitle2.jpg” etc.
  • Annotated list of digital images submitted with sculpture  title, materials, selling price, replacement value up to $25,000 not including the artist’s time and any other information of note, such as specifications of installation
  • Height, weight and depth of sculpture

Application materials submitted will not be returned

Multiple emails can be sent with application materials, but .zip files are not accepted and there is a 20MB size limit.

Mailing Address:
Art on Poverty Bay
City of Des Moines, Parks, Recreation and Senior Services
1000 S. 220th Street
Des Moines, WA  98198

If submitted digitally, email all materials to Parks & Recreation Director Patrice Thorell.  
Applications must be received by mail, hand or electronically by January 15, 2018.  
Please direct inquiries to: Des Moines Arts Commissioner Fred Andrews