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Kokomo Sculpture Walk

Submit your piece for the new sculpture walk!

 Downtown Association, City of Kokomo seeking submissions for next round of Kokomo Sculpture Walk
 
The City of Kokomo invites you to participate in our 2021-2023 juried, on-loan, outdoor, sculpture exhibit in downtown Kokomo, Indiana. Selected artists must be willing to enter into a 2 year Art Loan Agreement with the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance and will be awarded an honorarium of $2000 per piece. Kokomo Indiana is located in north central Indiana just 45 minutes from Indianapolis with a vibrant and growing arts community. The sculptures will be installed on concrete sculpture platforms or on grassy areas in beautiful downtown Kokomo along the Kokomo Industrial Heritage trail and the Walk of Excellence. This exhibit will be on display from April 2021 through March 2023.

Eligibility: Artists must own the rights to the artwork, which must be available for the duration of the two-year exhibition period. Only completed artwork will be considered. Artwork must be ready to set on 8’ x 8’ cement pads. The installation method for each sculpture should be welded tabs or similar easy-install method. The exhibit is outdoors and open to the public, and because of this, certain requirements must be met in order for a sculpture to be considered for display. Fragile or dangerous works will not be accepted. Artwork must be available for the duration of the two-year contract, and must be constructed of durable materials that will withstand year-round Indiana weather.

Transportation: Selected artists are responsible for transportation of the artwork to and from the installation site. The artwork must be delivered as exhibition-ready. The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance with the City of Kokomo will supervise installation of the work, and will insure the artwork for the duration of the exhibit.

Submission Details:  Artists may submit up to three sculptures for consideration, but each submission will be considered separately.  Each submission must include the following:
·         A bio/resume describing your experience and exhibition history.
·         Three images of the work (front, back and one detail).
·         Dimensions (HxWxD) for each submission (For a sculpture to sit on a base it must be no larger at its base than the  8’ x 8’ concrete platform. There are options for sculptures to rest on the ground if appropriate and thus, those sculptures may exceed 8’ x8’ at the base.)
·         Stated insurance value for each work.
·         Each sculpture entry must be submitted individually.

Please register at CaFE.org and complete your profile to sign up for the Kokomo Sculpture Walk Call for Entry. Please read it carefully and if you have any questions please contact:  salexander@greaterkokomo.com. A contract will be sent upon your acceptance.

 
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Sculpture Walk winds through downtown

Walk features 9 large-scale pieces from artists across Midwest

A self-guided tour offers Kokomo visitors and residents the chance to explore unique art while enjoying the great outdoors.

A partnership between the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance and the City of Kokomo, the Kokomo Sculpture Walk is an outdoor exhibit featuring nine large-scale sculptures along beautiful downtown trails and waterways.

“We think the community will be impressed with the variety of designs and structures of these pieces from artists across the Midwest,” said Susan Alexander, manager of downtown creative place-making for the Alliance. “Some of these pieces are strikingly large. The largest sculpture weighs 2,000 pounds.”

A steel sculpture titled “Everything,” the first piece was installed Wednesday, March 20, near Mulberry and Buckeye streets. During the following two weeks, all nine pieces were installed on 8 foot by 8 foot concrete bases. The exhibit stretches from Madison Street to the Wildcat Creek along the Industrial Heritage Trail and from 306 Riverfront District to Apperson Way along the Walk of Excellence Trail.

Nearly 100 sculptors responded to the Greater Kokomo Downtown Association’s public call for art in February. A jury then selected the nine pieces, which are on loan and are included in the inaugural 2019-2021 exhibit of the sculpture walk.

“The chosen pieces are well-made and visually interesting,” said Gregory Steel, associate professor of fine art at Indiana University Kokomo and jury member. “Like all artwork, they’re designed to enrich the lives of the people who see them.”

Alexander said the sculptures also enrich our community’s economy.

“Public art benefits our community through placemaking and bringing people together,” she said. “It is a tool for economic development that can provide the spark for new investment and build community momentum by reinforcing civic pride and community ownership.”

The pieces were strategically placed throughout downtown to increase usage of the trails.

“Because this art exhibit is placed along our walking trails, we hope more residents and visitors will access our trail system and enjoy the added bonus of better health,” said Alexander. “And, because we hope to change this exhibit every two years, it makes all these spaces dynamic and exciting places to visit.”

The first exhibit took a year of planning.

“This is a project that flowed out of the Kokomo Public Art Action Coalition,” Alexander said.

Through the downtown association, Alexander brought the coalition together to produce and promote public art. It includes artists, filmmakers and art professors, among others.

“We created this coalition because we understand that public art is an opportunity to engage in a new perspective while also furthering our community’s positive image, both to those who live here and those who visit.”

The exhibit was made possible through key support and land usage from Howard County Government, Kokomo School Corporation and Sunbelt Rentals.

Click here to see a map of the sculpture walk! 


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Contact Information

Chamber of Commerce Downtown Association
765-457-5301
700 E. Firmin Street, Suite 200
Economic Development Inventrek Technology Park
765-457-2000
700 E. Firmin Street, Suite 200
Visitors Bureau
1-800-837-0971
765-457-6802
700 E. Firmin Street, Suite 200

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