Sculpture Public Art

The Avenue Concept’s sculpture program displays large scale sculpture on several curated sites throughout downtown Providence. The streets of Providence are transformed by the addition of artwork placed by the Avenue Concept. Sculptures and murals create destinations, unexpected moments, and opportunities for contemplation and inspiration. The Avenue Concept brings new artwork to the community every year. Walking from one artwork to the next is an extraordinary way of navigating Providence, the creative capital.

Call for Entry 2020

The Avenue Concept's 2020 Call For Entry for Public Sculpture has closed. Application materials are being considered by jury. Notifications will be made by early March, 2020.

If you are a sculptor interested in getting involved with the Avenue Concept, but missed the Call for Entry deadline or your artwork did not meet the criteria for submission, please review the Rolling Submissions Opportunity below.

Interested in other opportunities?

The Avenue Concept acts as a conduit for artwork to reach the community. The sculpture program has opportunities in the form of sculpture pad locations in Downtown Providence that showcase artwork on an annually rotating basis. To have your artwork considered for exhibition, see the listing on CaFE. Application deadline is January 19th, 2020.

In addition to these regularly programmed spaces, the Avenue Concept also places artwork in locations with partner businesses, organizations and neighboring towns. These opportunities arise throughout the year and are not part of our annual call for entry. The nature of these partner exhibition opportunities are varied and have criteria specific to each and for that reason artists are encouraged to submit a comprehensive representation of artwork they have available, including indoor sculpture, outdoor sculpture, drawings, paintings and maquettes.

If you are an artist and you would like to have your artwork on file with us for consideration for these opportunities please send an email to  artwork@theavenueconcept.org including:

  • Artist bio.
  • Contact information (mailing address, telephone number)
  • Artist statement.
  • Website link and/or your art social media accounts.
  • Cover sheet with artwork title, size, medium, valuation, year of completion, and location of artwork.
  • up to 10 images that represents available artwork. Image file should be labeled artwork title, a comma, and the artist’s last name. Example: Angel of the North, Gormley

Jury for Call for Entry 2020

The Avenue Concept is helped by accomplished individuals every year to select artwork for the regularly programmed sculpture sites located throughout Downtown, Providence, RI. The Jury has multiple intersection points with Providence, the creative community, the Avenue Concept and have insights into contemporary art.

The Jury for the upcoming exhibition:

 

Janaya Kizzie is an archivist and historian living in the Providence area. She processed the AS220 Collection, documenting the history of arts and placemaking, at the Providence Public Library in 2016, and was named the Rhode Island Arts and Culture Research Fellow for the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities in 2019.

 

Carla Ricci is an Emmy nominated filmmaker featured on Rhode Island PBS, and is a prolific painter and an enthusiastic supporter and participant in the arts community. She served as a founding Board Member for the Avenue Concept and has also served on the Board of the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. Carla Ricci lives in and has her studio in Providence, RI.

Cade Tompkins has been a contemporary art dealer for over 30 years, featuring work by emerging artists as well as mid-career and established artists in various mediums including painting, sculpture, drawing, installations, printmaking, and photography. Her gallery opened in 2009 and has to date featured over 45 exhibitions. Collaborations with many important institutions as well as national and international museum exhibitions and collections include, but are not limited to, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; International Print Center, NY; Brown University, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI; The Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; Columbia University Rare Books & Manuscripts Library, NY; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, NH; RISD Museum, Providence, RI; The Library of Congress and the Art in Embassies Program, Washington, DC; Saint Louis Museum of Art, MO; Florence Griswold Museum, CT; and Yale University Art Gallery, CT. Cade Tomkins gallery is located at 198 Hope St. in Providence, RI. 

 

Prior year jurors:

Paul Amaral          Karen Beebe          Gillian Christy

Yesica Guerra       Xander Marro       Bob Rizzo

Make your mark on Providence!

“By far, the best experience we have had working with another public art organization.” Gilbert Boro, 2019-2020 Participating TAC Sculpture Artist



“I felt that The Avenue Concept knew the best spot for the scale of my sculpture. I will always speak highly and enthusiastically about what the Avenue Concept is doing at any opportunity!” Leslie Fry, 2019-2020 Participating TAC Sculpture Artist