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Budget: $35,000
Activated: 08/26/2021
Deadline: 09/30/2021
Call Summary
The Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) Class of 1970 is leading the effort to commission a meaningful suitable sculpture to be placed in front of DWU's newly constructed School for Business, Innovation and Leadership.
Budget Description
$35,000 maximum amount to be paid to the artist, to include the completed sculpture, its foundation or base (if required), delivery to the DWU campus, and installation at the site. The three final artists will each receive a $500 stipend to create a required maquette model of his/her proposed work. Selected artist must state in his/her proposal whether a deposit is needed to proceed with creating the work, the $ amount required, and when it must be paid.
Project Description
This call is for a commissioned work for a new building on campus. The work will be located in the outside area in front of the building so must be created of durable and permanent material(s). (The approximate area is marked by white X in the headline photo on this call.) Stone, bronze, mosaic, stainless steel, other metal, and/or all other suitable material(s) will be considered. All forms of three dimensional work will be considered and may be realistic or abstract, but should be representative of the goal in some way. It can be freestanding or on some kind of foundational structure. DWU staff will prepare the display site and assist with installation and lighting where necessary. Suggestions from the artist in these areas are welcome and DWU staff will work with the artist to achieve the best display of the work.

Artwork Goals
The goal of this project is to honor the work of women of Dakota Wesleyan and others from the past and present - and to encourage and support current and future women students. The sculpture will add to the landscape and culture of the university and be a symbolic reminder of the contributions of women in all professions and areas of work.
Artwork Location Description
DWU is a a small private liberal arts college with 950 students located in Mitchell, South Dakota (area population about 17,400). The sculpture is to be placed outside in an area in front of the entrance to the new DWU School of Business, Innovation and Leadership (area marked by the white X on the headline photo of the building on this call.) The work can be placed on a pedestal or on some kind of foundation but the work needs to be of the scale of a larger outdoor “public” work that is easily visible.
Site History
The building is new construction and the area where the work will be is open and visible to the interior and exterior areas of the campus. See construction and other campus information at:
The Call for Entries is open to professional and amateur sculptors of all backgrounds/ethnicities and there are no specific eligibility requirements. However, the artist commissioned to create the work must have a proven ability to execute the proposed work in a timely and professional manner.
Application Requirements
Resume: 5 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 8
Artist Statement: 1500 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 1000 word maximum
In the Letter of Interest, artists are asked ONLY to state and elaborate on any particular interest they have in the subject matter of the artwork, connection to South Dakota, and/or Dakota Wesleyan University.
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Additional Supporting Materials
Installation and Attendance at Dedication of the Work (September 26, 2022) Text
Selection Information
Selection Process
Online proposals are preferred, however proposals may also be submitted by mail to:
Anna Marie Thatcher, DWU Women's Sculpture Project, 3213 West Main Street #272, Rapid City, SD 57702
Mailed entries must be postmarked by September 30, 2021. Please notify Anna Marie Thatcher in advance (605-787-7099 or if you are submitting your entry by mail.
Entries will be juried in three rounds by a committee of five persons, in consultation with Dale Lamphere, Artist Laureate of South Dakota, to determine the appropriate work:
1) September 30, 2021 - Deadline for Proposals
2) Jurying of Entries to Select Three Finalists (October 1 - 15, 2021).
3) Finalists to Submit Models - The three finalists will be required to create small models of their proposed work and each finalist will receive a $500 stipend to create his/her model. Artists must submit enough photos or video to show a 360o view of the models of their proposed work from ALL angles. Photos/video of the models must be submitted online or postmarked by November 14, 2021.
4) Jurying to Select the Final Artwork Based on Submission of his/her model and related materials. (November 15 - 30, 2021)
5) Winning artwork announced and artist notified no later than December 1, 2021.
Selection Criteria
Special consideration may (but not necessarily) be given to a woman artist, an artist from or living in South Dakota, and/or graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University. However, the commission will ultimately be awarded to the most appropriate proposal and suitability of the artwork that meets the goal of the project.

August 26, 2021: Call for Entries Released
September 30, 2021: Online and Postmark Deadline for Submission of Proposals
October 15, 2021: Notification of Three Finalists
November 14, 2021: Online and Postmark Deadline for Finalists to Submit Photos/Video of Models of the Proposed Work
December 1, 2021: Announcement of Artist and Work to be Commissioned
September 25, 2022: Deadline for Completion and Installation of the Work
September 26, 2022: Dedication of the Work on DWU Campus with Artist In Attendance
Additional Resources
Women of Wesleyan (PDF)
Contact Information
Anna Marie Thatcher
Project Administrator
3213 West Main Street #272
Rapid City SD 57702 United States



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