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Call For Artists 2021-2022 Sculpture WalkAbout

13th Annual Outdoor Sculpture WalkAbout will be on display in Wichita, Kansas July 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022

Call for Artists The Arts Council and the City of Wichita present an opportunity for regional sculptors to display their work by creating the outdoor Sculpture WalkAbout exhibit. This project is meant to advance the cultural awareness of the arts in our community, as well as enhance the aesthetics in Wichita. Each chosen sculpture will be on display for one year, beginning July 1, 2021. All sculptures must be installed no later than August 1, 2021.

Entry Procedure & Artist Responsibilities Artist may enter up to three (3) works in jpg format on a compact disc. An entry form, along with artist statement and bio, must accompany the jpgs submitted. Maximum of three (3) alternate views of each work submitted is acceptable. Please clearly label all material with artist’s name, title of work, dimensions and media. All submitted material becomes the property of the Arts Council. Selected artists must sign a contract in which they agree to the following: To allow the artwork to remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. In the interest of public safety, the City of Wichita has the right to remove damaged sculpture in the event the repairs are not promptly and satisfactorily completed by the artist.

Criteria for Selection Open to all regional artists 18 years or older. All artwork must have been completed within the last five years. Artwork selected must be free-standing, made from suitable materials for long-term outdoor displayAttention to scale and presence of the sculpture in an open outdoor venue should be considered.

Pedestal & Site Location Pedestal heights vary from 18” – 30”. All entries must be capable of being securely installed to the pedestal mounting base plate. Arts Council, Inc., reserves the right to select the location for the sculptures but will make efforts to accommodate requests for specific locations by the artists on a first come, first served basis. Detailed information concerning the base plate is available from Bernadette Bradshaw, 316-303-8663 or bbradshaw@wichita.gov.

Honorarium Artists who are selected for the 2021 Sculpture WalkAbout will receive a $750 honorarium for the participation of new works. Artists selected to retain a work for a second year will receive a $250 honorarium. Artists selected for the exhibition will enter into a one-year contract with the Arts Council, Inc., upon notification of acceptance.

Delivery and Return of Artwork Artists are solely responsible for the delivery and installation arrangements of their artwork. Artists will be required to contact Bernadette Bradshaw prior to the installation and again at the removal of their artwork at the exhibit’s end.

Organized by:

Sponsored by: Dr. Alan and Sharon Fearey | The Arts Council | City of Wichita

Information: Bernadette Bradshaw Arts Council, Inc. 334 N. Mead, Wichita, KS 67202 316.303-8663 bbradshaw@wichita.gov

Pedestal Locations

51 | The 2020 Art Awards – Less Gala, More Giving

Given the growing concerns around COVID-19, the Arts Council’s Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel what would have been the 51st Annual Art Awards. This was a tough call to make – this event is one of our favorite ways to honor deserving artists and art advocates and to celebrate the many ways art impacts the Wichita community, from education to entertainment, economic development, and everything in between.

In lieu of the in-person Art Awards this year, we are committing the budget for our annual event to support local artists during these trying times. In addition, we are thrilled to announce that $25,500 has been pledged as matching funds for the Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund. WCERF provides rapid response, need-based grants to independent artists, musicians, performers and others who work in a creative capacity and whose livelihoods have been impacted by the current public health crisis.

We hope that you will join with the Arts Council in supporting this important effort to aid our creative community. To take full advantage of these matching dollars, we must raise the same by November 5 for a total of $51,000 on what would have been Wichita’s 51st Annual Art Awards!

Local artist Wade Hampton has created a custom illustration (you can see a sneak peek in the “51” above) that may be downloaded with your donation of $50 or more. Wade asked that his fee be donated to WCERF, to get us started off right!

Please consider making a personal or business donation before November 5, 2020 to double your support of Wichita artists.

Take The Kansas ArtsVote Pledge

Americans for the Arts Action Fund has launched an exciting and educational ArtsVote campaign with artwork designed by renowned contemporary artist and Americans for the Arts Artists Committee member Shepard Fairey. Entitled “Make Your Vote Count,” the focus of the campaign is to educate artists and arts advocate voters on the important and clear steps they need to take to make their vote count and to do it EARLY. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many states are dramatically changing the way citizens can vote with confusing new rules, new deadlines, and new certification systems.

Arts Action Fund has created State Voter Factsheets for all 50 states and 6 territories so that artists and art advocates have the tools they need to make wise choices this November. Download the Kansas ArtsVote Pledge one-pager for the latest election rules and deadlines to help voters to check the status of their registrations, request an absentee ballot (if applicable), learn when early voting begins, and find exactly where to vote. 

Once the pledge is taken, signers will be provided exclusive access to high resolution, downloadable images of the bold, new ArtsVote graphic. Exclusively designed for the Arts Action Fund, Shepard Fairey’s ArtsVote artwork is in both English and Spanish and comes in a variety of sizes for social media, websites, and Zoom virtual backgrounds.

Wichita Creatives Fund | Emergency Relief for Wichita-area Artists

Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund

Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund | Donate Now

The Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund was created for individuals working in the art and creative sector who have been impacted by the current public health crisis. The primary concern is for the well-being of our community’s creatives – specifically, independent artists, musicians, performers and others who work in a creative capacity. The fund will provide $500 rapid response, need-based grants to help offset the lost wages affecting so many in our creative community.

The fund launches with $25,000 from the COVID-19 Connection Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation and $10,000 from the Arts Council (who will also act as the fiscal sponsor). Organizers would like to raise at least $50,000 by this Friday, April 17th when applications open. The first round of grants will be awarded on Friday, April 24th.

Arts supporters may DONATE to the relief fund via their website, or by using the PayPal donation button below:

The idea arose from a collective zoom cocktail hour with a group of Wichita arts and culture organizers and advocates a few weeks ago, including Kristin Beal (Co-Founder, Program Director, Harvester Arts), Shannon Boone (Owner, Chief Chaos Coordinator, Shay Chic Productions), Emily Brookover (Director of Community Development, Downtown Wichita) Ann Keefer (Vice President Program Development, Wichita Festivals, Inc.),  Lela Meadow-Conner (CEO & mother/founder, mama.film) and Kate Van Steenhuyse (Co-Founder, Executive Director, Harvester Arts). Local artist Hannah Scott has been hired to design graphics for the campaign.

“We all work for arts and cultural and/or advocacy organizations. In our daily practice and throughout history, we know that the arts are fundamental to human existence. Preserving our local culture and the health of our community’s creatives is essential to the health of our ecosystem, which requires the constant infusion of artistic energy,” said the group. 

“People have historically turned to the arts during times of strife, and now this cultural moment is no different. Artists are our keepers of history, they will reflect on the unprecedented times we are living in. If we want to have a vibrant city to come back to we have to support and engage our talent. If there ever was a time, it’s now. No donation is too small and we hope to continue our community fundraising efforts through the week (and beyond) so that we can support as many creatives as possible.”

For more information and to apply,

Applications open at 9:00am on Friday, April 17th.

See the Arts Council’s COVID-19 Resource List for more helpful links.

COVID-19 resources for the Wichita Arts Community

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

The Arts Council has been anxiously monitoring the spread of coronavirus and the ongoing impact it will have on the Wichita arts community. This page is meant to serve as an informational resource for local artists and arts organizations, to help us all get through this situation together.

We are pleased to support the Wichita Creatives Emergency Relief Fund.


United States Regional Arts Resilience FundNominations close June 24