Call for artists
Site-specific permanent public artwork
M.L. “Red” Trabue Nature Reserve, Dublin, Ohio
Application deadline: Sept. 1, 2021

Dublin Arts Council has issued a national call for artists to award a $150,000 all-inclusive commission for the creation of a site-specific permanent public artwork installation at M.L. “Red” Trabue Nature Reserve in Dublin, Ohio. Named for “Red” Trabue, a Dublin naturalist, journalist and television pioneer, the reserve is a 90-acre park which features restored wetland and vernal pools, biking and walking paths, a fishing pond, an arboretum, wildflower and prairie grasslands, bluebird nest boxes and an 1865-era log cabin. Park entrances are located at 6835 Avery-Muirfield Dr. and 6566 Post Rd., in Dublin. The artwork will be the latest large-scale permanent artwork of the Dublin Art in Public Places program, which was begun in 1988, includes more than 60 large and small-scale permanent, temporary and interactive projects and is valued at $3.8 million. The artwork is slated for installation and dedication in the summer of 2023. The application deadline is Sept. 1, 2021.

The call is open to all professional artists who are U.S. citizens and live and work in the United States. Artist teams will be considered, but only a single artist project manager will be contracted. Dublin Arts Council will collaborate with the City of Dublin and members of the community to award the commission. Creative license with diverse interpretations, including abstract focus, will be considered.

Selection of three finalists will be determined in mid-October by a committee consisting of community representatives, artists, public art experts, and Dublin Arts Council board and staff members. Finalists will present proposals to the committee and members of the community early in 2022.

Dublin Arts Council maintains that public art should inspire an emotional response, provoke questions and invite interaction, while encouraging ingenuity and creative discovery by artists. By creating a collection of public art, Dublin Arts Council and City of Dublin’s goal is to enhance the quality of life for Dublin’s residents and to strengthen the city as a destination for visitors. The award-winning collection of public artworks, distinguishes the Dublin community and creates a sense of place while contributing to Dublin’s aesthetic legacy. The Dublin Art in Public Places program is administered by Dublin Arts Council and City of Dublin and is funded, in part, through an endowment of Hotel/Motel Tax funds from City of Dublin.

Download the call for artists here.

Applications must be uploaded at CallForEntry.org (CaFE), https://bit.ly/3hMy4O1 by Sept. 1, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. (EDT).