Call to Artists

Call to Artists for Site Specific Outdoor Sculpture

The Alexandria Museum of Art in downtown Alexandria, Louisiana issues a call to artists for a site-specific sculpture to be installed on the museum property as part of an NEA funded project related to Environmental Impact. The wish is for a fence type structure to mask the view of a transformer box and offer a more pleasing border to the levee side of the parking lot, while also adding another outdoor sculpture to the museum site.

The museum is seeking an artist to create a sculpture with durable recycled materials (such as metal and glass) appropriate for an outdoor public sculpture. Other materials could be utilized, but recycled/repurposed materials must be included. Additionally, the sculpture should be stable and supported by posts/legs imbedded in the ground at the base of the levee adjacent to the parking lot for the foundation of the sculpture.

A design that is organic in nature is preferred to a straight fence. The work does not need to be opaque, but should draw the viewers gaze to the work rather than what lies behind the sculpture.  Involving volunteers in the creation and installation is welcomed. Photos of the location indicating the site of the proposed sculpture and approximate dimensions are on page two and three of this document.

The winning proposal will be selected by a committee consisting of: Members of the curatorial team from the museum, the board chair, a representative from LSUA (the university AMoA is affiliated with), and an architect from Barron, Heinberg & Brocato Architects (the designer of the modern addition to the museum and the designer of a levee restoration project current improvements behind the installation).

Proposals should be emailed to and should include:

  • A bio and resume including any similar projects
  • A narrative description of the proposed work including process and materials used.
  • A timeline for creation and installation
  • Images of the envisioned piece, either computer generated or hand drawn and scanned
  • A budget not to exceed $10,000 including artist fee, materials, and installation

Proposals due: August 15, 2023

Selection made: September 1

Notification: September 8

Completion/Unveiling date: Saturday, Dec. 2nd

The site is approximately 25 ft long and between the brick chiller enclosure to the outdoor mailbox. The height of the sculpture can undulate, but should be approximately 8 feet tall in front of the green transformer box. Exact placement will be decided with the chosen artist.

The small tree between the lampposts has been removed.

The spot at the end of DeSoto street where he dumpsters currently sit will become a pedestrian walkway to the levee in the next phase of riverfront development. The other two transformer boxes cannot be covered up and we may pursue permission to contract artists to paint them.

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This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit


Competition Calendar

Call Opens: Oct 10, 2023

Deadline to Enter: April 16, 2024

Jury Notifications begin: May 15, 2024

Deadline for Delivery: May 24, 2024

Member Opening Reception: July 14, 2024

Exhibition on view: July 14 – October 5, 2024