A rendering of Dix Park Plaza & Play by MVVA featuring a curved pathway through gardens and trees. People are walking on the path and throughout the park.

Call for Artists: Dorothea Dix Park Plaza & Play Public Art

Apply Online Through June 7

Image Above: Rendering produced by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA)

The City seeks several artists to work closely with the community and design team to create artworks for the Plaza & Play that speak to the themes of the Dorothea Dix Park Master Plan.

Project Summary

  • Work with the community and design team to design and create artwork at Dorothea Dix Park Plaza & Play.
  • Opportunities include creating an entrance experience including the grand stair, art interventions along pathways, creative shade structures, historic interpretation, creative play elements, and other placements for integrated art elements.
  • Semi-finalists will be selected to interview for the project and paid a $200 stipend.
  • Two to four artists/artist teams will be selected to design and fabricate artworks and assigned a tentative scope of work.
  • The Phase I public art budget for detailed concept design (location and integration method) is $10,000 per artist/artist team.
  • The Phase II public art budget for final designs, construction documents, fabrication, installation is up to $340,000 split between 2-4 artists/artist teams. The fabrication budget will be allocated at a later date by the Public Art and Design Board.
  • Qualifications must be submitted by Monday, June 7 at 10 a.m. EST. There is no fee to submit qualifications.

Learn more about the public art project and apply

Artist Call Presentation and Question & Answer Session

Public Art Director Kelly McChesney will give an overview of the project and potential art opportunities/locations followed by an open question and answer session on May 17, 2021, noon - 1 pm. The meeting will be held via Zoom, a free video-conferencing software. The meeting will be recorded and available online for anyone who cannot attend.

Learn more about how to attend the event



Kelly McChesney
Public Art Director

Dorothea Dix Park