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Artists Wanted for Outdoor Sculpture Project

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Bernalillo County - The Bernalillo County Arts Board solicits a call for artists to propose conceptual sketch ideas for outdoor sculpture to be located along highly visible avenues and boulevards within Bernalillo County, New Mexico.

Regional artists residing in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and Texas are invited to propose conceptual mid-size sculptures. The call for art opened Dec. 1, 2020. The deadline is Jan. 29, 2021.


The project, aptly named “Outposts,” is conceived by the Bernalillo County Arts Board and evolved from an idea of combining the duality of the communities of Bernalillo County and the Southwestern region to include the co-existence of mountains and the valley, the urban and the rural communities, the monsoon season and the dry season and the ancient and modern cultures of the area.

The entire scope of the project is to locate sculptures in each of the five Bernalillo County commission districts for a total of 25 sculptures by 25 artists. Phase I was completed in 2020 with the installation of five sculptures located on Second Street from Montaño Road to Osuna Road. This call is for Phase II of the project for an additional five sculptures. The established budget for Phase II is $25,000 per sculpture.

The artworks for Phase II will be installed near highly visited tourist and local attractions within Bernalillo County and the city of Albuquerque, such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Park and the Rio Grande Valley State Park.

Examples of artworks from Phase I of the Outposts project can be found here.

How to Apply: Artists may find more information and can apply online on the Call for Entries (Café) website.


This is a regional call open to artists living in New Mexico and the immediate surrounding states limited to Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. The Arts Board believes that this will bring a variety of sculptural concepts to the county while acting as an economic incentive for broader audiences and participants. Limit one proposal per artist or design teams. No prior experience in public art is required to submit to this call.

About the Bernalillo County Arts Board:

The Arts Board is guided by the following mission: Public art has the power to inspire curiosity, encourage contemplation, facilitate dialogue, foster community engagement, and create a sense of place. Located throughout the county, the Bernalillo County public art collection enhances quality of life through the acquisition of exceptional works of art by artists at various career stages.

Contact: Please contact the county’s public art project coordinator with any questions you may have about the application process.

Kent Swanson
Public Art Project Coordinator


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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $650 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer.


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