The City of Ocala Cultural Arts: 7th Biennial Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Deadline to Apply: August 30, 2023
Call Summary:

The City of Ocala Cultural Arts 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.


Each artist selected for the exhibition will receive a $2,000 honorarium to cover transportation, installation, and de-installation of the sculpture.  Any additional costs are the sole responsibility of the artist.  Honoraria checks will be presented to the artist at the time of installation.


Best in Show: $2,000

2nd Place: $1,000

Honorable Mention: $500

People’s Choice: $500

Grand Total $24,000


This call is open to artists currently working and residing in the United States with experience designing, fabricating, and installing large outdoor Public Art.


August 30, 2023


The City of Ocala Cultural Arts creates opportunities for public art to transform ordinary spaces into destinations. The goal of our Public Art Program is to foster creativity, discovery and thoughtfulness among our citizens and visitors. The selected works will be on exhibit in Tuscawilla Park, considered the “crown jewel” of Ocala’s parks, the 45-acre green space is an extension of the downtown and the adjacent Tuscawilla Art Park, hosting arts events throughout the year.


Postmark Deadline for Entries:  August 30, 2023

Notification of Acceptance/Decline: Week of October 15, 2023

Install Accepted Sculptures: January 8 – 19, 2024

Tuscawilla Park Sculpture Stroll and Beginning of Bolted Art (BOBA) Brunch: Saturday, February 17, 2024

Deinstallation of Sculptures: January 2-5, 2026

Sculptures MUST be installed no later than January 19, 2024 as scheduled with the City prior.  Any sculpture that cannot be installed by that time will be disqualified, and an alternate will be chosen.  Sculptures must be removed by January 5, 2026.  Sculptures cannot be removed prior to the end of the show.

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