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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
In 2017, the Keller Public Arts Board implemented a rotating public art program for outdoor sculptures in the newly updated Old Town Keller area. A $1,500 honorarium is available for each piece selected by the Board for the fourth year of the program. The City of Keller invested over $4 million in improvements for the Old Town location, including the construction of a linear pedestrian promenade, addition of outdoor seating and community areas and installation of 11 concrete sculpture pads. Old Town is home to an eclectic blend of restaurants and small businesses that attract a variety of visitors and provide great exposure for art in the area. For 2020, the Board will select up to 6 sculptures for a two-year exhibit beginning in June 2020. The artwork will be for sale for the duration of the exhibit with a 25% commission collected by the City of Keller. The selected artists will be recognized at the fourth annual Keller Art Walk event on November 14, 2020. 

The Keller Public Arts Board is seeking six sculptures that are appropriate for public viewing and support the family friendly atmosphere of the City of Keller. Sculptures remain under the artist’s ownership and are loaned to the exhibit for a two-year period. All sculptures must be “family appropriate” and pose no risk to public safety; no sexual, bloody or violent content shall be accepted. Sculptures must be made of materials that can withstand the harsh Texas weather and require no maintenance by the City of Keller. Pieces sold while on display may be removed but the artist must replace the sold artwork with a different sculpture, with approval by the Board, within 60 days of removal of the sold piece. Selected artists will be required to enter into a two-year loan agreement with the City of Keller. Click here to view the agreement.
 
BUDGET
A $1,500 honorarium shall be awarded for each piece for the installation, exhibition and removal of the artwork for a two-year period. One-half of the stipend will be provided to the artist upon selection and the remainder shall be paid upon successful installation. The existing 5’x5’ concrete pads shall be used for display and the City of Keller may provide some assistance with installation and removal of the artwork. One Best in Show winner shall be awarded an additional $500.
 
ARTWORK GOALS
The Keller Public Arts Board aims to install sculptures that are diverse in style and media. The Board hopes to expose the local community to different types of art, increase tourism and encourage visitors to the Old Town area by providing a dynamic and engaging exhibit.

ARTWORK LOCATION DESCRIPTION
The Old Town Keller West area is located on the west side of U. S. Highway 377 near the city’s border with Fort Worth. Please see Exhibit A for sculpture pad locations. The Keller Public Arts Board has sole discretion on site selection for each sculpture.
 
SITE HISTORY
The Old Town Keller area originally developed along the railroad tracks that served as the impetus for the founding of Keller. Once the site of a bustling train depot, city leaders now aim to establish Old Town as a destination for pedestrian-oriented businesses offering a variety of shopping, dining and other services.
 
ELIGIBILITY
Artists must reside in Texas. All works must be original.
 
 ARTWORK SPECIFICATIONS

  • Base must fit on 5’x5’ concrete pad.
  • Max Height of 12’
  • Max Weight 2,500 pounds
  • Sculpture must be ready for installation no later than June 1, 2020 (exact installation date shall be coordinated with City of Keller staff).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • One sculpture submission per application, 5 applications per artist limit – PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT IMAGES OF MORE THAN ONE SCULPTURE PER APPLICATION
  • Résumé
  • Artist Statement: 1000-word maximum
  • Sculpture Description*: 1000-word maximum

*Sculpture description should include the following information:

  • Title and statement on piece
  • Media/materials
  • Size (height, width, length and weight)
  • Year completed
  • Purchase price
  • Information on how piece will be installed and any special considerations (need for forklift, etc.)
  • Location(s) and total number of current and future copies of the proposed sculpture(s)

Applications shall only be accepted through the CaFÉ website starting January 24, 2020. Questions regarding the Old Town Keller Rotating Sculpture Program should be directed to City of Keller staff by emailing publicarts@cityofkeller.com or call 817-743-4000. Click here for a PDF of the program guidelines detailed above.