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7th Biennial Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Juried Show or Competition


Deadline August 30, 2023
Sponsor City of Ocala
Location Ocala , FL


The City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office is placing a call for entries for the 7th Biennial Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Ten works will be selected for a two-year outdoor exhibition in Tuscawilla Park located in Ocala, Florida. This competition is open to artists currently working and residing in the North America with experience in large outdoor Public Art. Each artist selected for the exhibition will receive a $2,000 honorarium. Merit Juror, Jade Powers, Curator of Contemporary Art from the Harn Museum of Art, will select Best of Show, Second Place, and Honorable Mention. Selection in these categories will include a cash reward. All work must meet the following criteria to be eligible for consideration:
•Be able to withstand a high traffic, public, family park environment for a period of two years, while taking into consideration the safety of the audience and other outdoor elements.
•Be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions common to the state of Florida (high humidity, high temperatures, heavy rain, frequent thunder storms, high winds, etc.)
•Be maintenance free for the duration of the two-year exhibition.
•Work must have been completed within the last five years (2018 or after.)
•Be built in a manner to allow fastening to a concrete pad with anchor bolts measuring 5/8” (unless an optional anchoring system is provided by the artist and approved by the City prior to installation.)
•Work may not have been previously displayed within Marion County, Florida, or entered into this competition.
Only entries that have been completed, or that are guaranteed to be completed three months before installation, are eligible. If a proposal is submitted and proof of completion is not received by three months prior to installation the work will be disqualified.

How to Participate

To participate in the competition, please submit online at:

This opportunity has been submitted by Emily Parkman. The listing of the opportunity does not imply endorsement by the Division of Cultural Affairs or the Department of State. Contact City of Ocala with questions or for more information.