Call for entry: Permanent outdoor sculpture contest (Sandy Springs, GA)

ArtSS in the Open 2019
277 Sandy Springs PL NE Suite G Box 76802
Sandy Springs, GA 30328-9997

Entry Deadline: 1/7/19


Images - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 3 
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2 
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2 
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 7 

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This is a new public sculpture competition created to bring art to the parks and public spaces in the City of Sandy Springs and to enhance the $229 million, 14-acre City Springs complex opened in August 2018.  Nine sculptures will be prominently displayed around the 4-acre City Green in April 2019 for the first annual exhibit. The City will purchase one or more sculptures from each competition to add to its growing public art collection.


  • $1500 honorarium per sculpture selected for the exhibition.

  • Sculptures will be displayed in the new 4-acre City Green in the heart of the City Springs Complex.

  • City will purchase one or more sculptures for permanent installation within City.

  • All art is for sale and will be promoted as such.

  • Featured grand opening on April 27, 2019 with gala artist reception events.



A City of the Arts – and a great place for artists to showcase their work


Incorporated in 2005, Sandy Springs is Georgia’s 6th largest city, home to more than 106,000 residents, four Fortune 500 and seven Fortune 1000 corporations.  Last year rated Sandy Springs as one of the country’s 10 best cities for millennials and an Atlanta Journal Constitution poll named it the best suburb in Atlanta.


The new City Springs complex reinforces our community’s dedication to the arts.  Designed as a gathering place for residents and visitors, the 14-acre site features a 1,100-seat performance theater, studio theater, conference center, city offices, a rooftop terrace event space, 4-acre City Green, retail, dining, residential and underground parking. The jewel of the complex is the Byers Theatre, a best-in-class performing arts venue hosting an estimated 300 events annually, with a variety of musical and cultural events attracting local and regional audiences. An outdoor stage on the Green hosts concerts, festivals and a large farmers’ market throughout the year.

Sandy Springs wants to build its brand as a city of the arts. It began with the non-profit volunteer organization, Art Sandy Springs (ArtSS) which launched the Arts in the Open program when the city was formed in 2005.  ArtSS’ first outdoor sculpture competition in 2008 attracted 100 national and international submissions, with four permanent works purchased with private funds to launch the public art collection.  In 2014, underwritten with a private grant from Northside Hospital, The Playable Art Park opened to national praise with six huge sculptures built by artists for kids to play on. It has become a popular regional playground destination for children of every age.

The city has now established an annual program of procurement, using a yearly competition and exhibition as the platform to select and acquire the winning pieces. Working in partnership with the City of Sandy Springs, Art Sandy Springs will manage the competition, including the CFE (Call for Entries), evaluation and jurying of submissions, and installation of selected sculptures.


  • Sculptures selected for exhibition will be located on the 4-acre City Green at City Springs, the 14-acre civic and cultural center.  This ‘heart of the City’ is home to City Hall, the Sandy Springs Byers Performing Arts Center, the Conference Center at City Springs, retail, residential, underground parking and the City Green.  

  • Artists will be featured on three separate websites:

  • The City of Sandy Springs –

  • Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism –

  • Art Sandy Springs –

  • We will provide a link to each Artist’s website for additional exposure to their larger body of work.

  • Social Media associated with the three Sandy Springs entities will showcase the sculptures.

  • Requested media coverage will be an integral part of an active public relations plan.

  • Artists and sculptures will be featured in the City of Sandy Springs e-newsletter.

  • A printed brochure highlighting the sculptures and Artists will be developed by the City and distributed at the Performing Arts Center, City Hall and other City Springs locations.  Additional promotional pieces will be placed in the state’s twelve Visitor Information Centers that welcome over 12 million guests each year.

  • Selected sculptures and Artist will be showcased on the Otocast app that provides photos and information on the pieces as well as interviews with the Artists.  Otocast for IOS and Android devices facilitates discovery and exploration of recommended “points of interest” in any geographic area.

  • The City of Sandy Springs and Art Sandy Springs will promote and host a public opening celebration to showcase the selected sculptures in April 2019.

  • Each sculpture pedestal will feature a plaque with the name of the Artist and title of the work.  The plaque will also provide contact information for potential buyers.

  • Sculptures will be installed on City Green, site of popular City activities including the weekly Farmer’s Market, Heritage Sandy Springs Festival and Concerts, Movies ByMoonlight, Fitness Boot Camp, 1,100-seat Byers Theater and 350-seat Studio Theater performances.

  • Daily foot traffic will include individuals visiting City Hall for business and civic purposes, along with thousands of patrons of the Performing Arts Center, festivals and events, restaurants and retail establishments.

  • Visit Sandy Springs (Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism) will promote the sculptures in their own marketing materials as well as in the marketing materials of of other key programs such as the Atlanta Metro Travel Association co-op marketing program, comprised of 15 municipalities in and around Atlanta and the Hospitality Highway Trail, which includes seven communities along GA 400, stretching from Atlanta to the North Georgia Mountains. 


Artists whose work is selected for exhibit acknowledge that the City of Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism and Art Sandy Springs may use photographs and videos of the artwork to promote the Public Art Program and visitation to the City of Sandy Springs.  The Artists are invited to be interviewed and videotaped and to allow the interviews to appear on community websites, apps and marketing materials that may include but not be limited to:

ArtSS in the Open is an ongoing public art program providing a dynamic cultural experience for the Sandy Springs community and an opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their work.

The theme for this year’s sculpture competition is:

“Inspired. By Nature.”

Artists are inspired by their very nature to be creative and innovative.    Likewise, the City of Sandy Springs is inspired to innovate and lead the way in support of the arts.  We are a strong community of neighbors and businesses, seek to make the most of our abundant natural resources and urban setting to provide a high quality of life for its residents.

Works submitted to this year’s competition can be inspired by anything from the natural world or the urban environment.


2018 – 2019 Exhibition Guidelines

  1. Artwork shall be undamaged and unblemished, fabricated and finished with non-hazardous materials.

  2. Artists are encouraged to visit the site during the application period and before the final jury decision.

  3. Artwork will be on loan to the City during the exhibition period and may be available for sale to the public. If a sculpture sells, the Artwork cannot be removed before the end of the exhibition period. There will be a 20% commission paid to Art Sandy Springs.

  4. It is the Artist’s responsibility to deliver and oversee installation of their sculpture in April 2019 and to be present for the removal at the end of the exhibition in March 2020. Artwork cannot be shipped as there is no available storage space or staff available for this purpose.

  5. The City and ArtSS reserve the right to reject work that is not the same Artwork as was selected in response to this call. Artwork may also be rejected if does not meet call requirements.

  6. All Artwork shall be structurally able to be secured to a concrete pad with anchor bolts. Concrete pads are provided for the display of each sculpture. The anchoring method will be approved by the City Engineer.  For selected art work, each Artist will be required to submit detailed information relating to the proposed anchoring method and provide any and all mounting bolts and hardware. Exhibits A, A1 and A2 provide diagrams with location, dimensions and weight capacity.

  7. No Artwork shall be exhibited without the Artist and City executing a document acknowledging that the Artwork has been installed properly and satisfactorily and that the City accepts responsibility for the Artwork from the time it is properly installed to the time it is de-installed.

  8. No Artwork shall be exhibited without the City first having obtained an Artist Agreement/Contract, executed by each Artist selected for exhibition in the Competition.

  9. During the exhibition period, City of Sandy Springs will maintain liability insurance to cover damages incurred.

  10. Artists must be 18 years of age or older.



01/07/2019 Midnight, Mountain Time –Artist deadline for electronic submissions

02/13/19–Artists will be notified of selection

02/28/19–Agreements/contracts signed with Artists

04/08/19 – 04/18/19– Sculpture delivery & installation

04/18/2019–All sculptures must be installed at their specified sites

04/27/2019–Official Opening Reception. Artists are invited but not required to attend.

TBD–Artists will be invited to be interviewed about their work. Recordings will be made available on the City website and

03/2020 - Sculptures selected for purchase by City

03/2020–De‐installation of the sculptures by the Artists


Each Artist may submit up to three (3) sculptures for review using Each sculpture must be submitted by separate application. 

Submissions will be initially screened by representatives from Art Sandy Springs and the City for overall compliance with the Call and technical feasibility.  

Art Sandy Springs and the City and will determine the selection of artwork for the exhibition and site placement of each sculpture.

During the exhibition a jury of recognized art experts will make recommendations for artwork to be acquired by the city. The jury will include a City representative, and one juror will be the “People’s Choice”, a popular vote using the online IOS and Android app, Otocast.  

Art Sandy Spring will make the final recommendations to the City Council.


  1. Artist’s Resume or Bio

  2. Artists Statement

  3. Artist’s Contact Information

  4. Artist website, if available

  5. Description of Sculpture

  6. Purchase Valuation

  7. 2-3 Images with annotated Image List: (2000 words)

  8. 1-2 videos with annotated List

  9. Acknowledgement of review of Contractual Arrangement (see Attachment B, Contractual Agreement)

The City of Sandy Springs and Art Sandy Springs have licensed CaFE ( to facilitate the application process of this CFE. Artists must submit the following through the CaFE web site:

(1) The artist must submit up to 3 images per entry with a minimum of 2 images per entry.  The images must be numbered and in the format specified by Artist may upload up to 2 videos per entry.  Please use standard image formatting. 

(2) An Image Inventory document. This document must be uploaded to as instructed on HtmlResAnchor The following information must be given for each image:

Number on the image:

  • Artists Name

  • Medium/media used

  • Title, Year, Size, Sale Price and Location (for previous works)

(3) One to two page (maximum) current resume that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist. This document must be uploaded to as instructed on HtmlResAnchor

Submissions must be completed and received by Monday, January 7, 2019 5PM EST.



Submitting an entry form to this exhibition through Call for Entries ( constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist with all conditions set forth in this Call. No work accepted for the exhibition may be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition. After acceptance, the artist cannot substitute another work for the accepted one or change the sales price.

The City of Sandy Springs and Art Sandy Springs reserve the right to refuse to install any work that, upon arrival, differs markedly from the images submitted or that does not, for any reason, meet the exhibitions standards of excellence.

By submitting work, the Artist acknowledges that the City of Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism, and Art Sandy Springs may use photographs or videos of the Artwork to promote the Sculpture Competition. The Artist is encouraged to be interviewed and videotaped and have the interview appear on community websites that may include but are not limited to:

Art Sandy Springs –
City of Sandy Springs –
Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism – (available for IOS from Apple, for Android from the Play Store)


The Artist will be entering into an agreement with the City of Sandy Springs. An Artist Contract/Agreement is attached as Exhibit B. The artist should review to ensure he/she can comply with the stated terms and conditions.



Art Sandy Springs encourages sales of your work.  Art Sandy Springs will collect a 20% commission on all artwork sold to a private buyer as a result of this exhibition.  Private sale prices should include the 20% commission for Art Sandy Springs and 7% Georgia sales tax.




Exhibit  A:      Description of Sculpture Locations and Technical Requirements (see below)

Exhibit A1:     City Green Sculpture Base Locations (see site plan)

Exhibit A2:     City Green Sculpture Base Footing Design (see site plan)

Exhibit A3      City Green Site Plan (see site plan)

Exhibit  B:       Artist Contract/ Agreement (see Legal Agreement)





The nine (9) individual sculptures selected will be displayed on each of the nine pre-prepared concrete bases located within landscape beds on the periphery of City Green. 


Exhibit A-1: Sculpture Site Plan, indicating the 9 numbered locations within the City Green, L1.4

Exhibit A-2:  Art Sculpture Base Detail for 9 locations, L1.4.1

The foundation bases are two (2) sizes, as determined by their support conditions.  Maximum sculpture weight is the same for both base sizes.

Exhibit A-3:  Technical Requirements, SK-1 for specific information regarding the structural design assumptions.  Should the Artist have any reason to believe that the sculpture they plan to submit would vary dramatically from these assumptions, Artist shall provide supporting information with respect to the deviation(s).  ArtSS reserves the right to request that an engineering analysis be performed for any sculpture deviating from the overall size and weight limitations described above.

Submitting artists are encouraged to visit the park.  Appropriate times will be scheduled and indicated on the site (Call For Entries site portal) for tours to be conducted by ArtSS and the City of the exhibition site and base locations. 


Structural design considerations established for the concrete base require that all sculptures fit within a 4’-0” x 4’-0” footprint and be no taller than 8’-0”.  Bases have been designed for a maximum weight of 2,000 pounds.

Limited consideration will be given to any sculpture that has a portion of it extending beyond the above-described overall envelope, depending on the size, weight, material and nature of the extension.  Artists are encouraged to provide sculpture within this envelope.  Any extensions or deviations from this envelope should have the majority of its weight and size within the overall envelope.  ArtSS may request and require additional information concerning the sculpture be provided by Artist in order to be accepted as a submission.  


Delivery and Installation - Artist will be responsible for timely transportation of sculpture to the City Green installation site on a schedule to be determined with ArtSS and the City within the two weeks prior to the exhibition unveiling.  The Artist is expected to be present during the installation and once installation is complete will signify appropriate installation jointly with the City, in writing on a form to be provided.

The City is responsible to provide equipment and personnel required to lift sculpture from Artist’s transportation and place it on the designated base, with guidance from the Artist.  Artist is required to provide and execute appropriate anchoring of sculpture using the corner bolts provided in base or provide and install bolts appropriate to the sculpture base and attachment.  Artist shall provide his equipment necessary to make installation.  Power for tools will be made available by the City.

Removal if Not Purchased - Should sculpture not be selected for purchase by the City, Artist is responsible for transportation from the installation location.  Per the schedule of removal, The City will provide equipment and personnel required to lift sculpture from base and place on Artist’s transportation, with the Artist present during the removal.  Once removal is complete, the Artist and City will signify appropriate removal, in writing on a form to be provided.

Removal & Installation if Purchased - Should sculpture be selected for purchase by the City, the City will provide equipment, personnel and transportation required to lift sculpture from base, transport the sculpture to its permanent location and install on a new base.  The Artist shall be present and provide guidance during the removal and installation at the permanent location.  Once the permanent installation is complete, the Artist and City will signify approval of the installation, in writing on a form to be provided.

Inability to Remove – Should the Artist be unable to remove the sculpture at the conclusion of the exhibition or not take control of the sculpture upon removal, the City may place the sculpture in storage at the expense of the Artist.  If the sculpture is not reclaimed within 60 days after completion of the exhibition, the sculpture shall become the property of the City and the City shall have the right to determine its final disposition.