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Saturday, December 19, 2015



by Michael Dillon of Milton, GA
The Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art (HAPA) is pleased to announce a call for entries for its second annual outdoor sculpture competition. Scenic Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with historic roots in the railroad and timber industries, is situated among longleaf pine forests at the juncture of the Leaf and Bouie Rivers 75 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. Hattiesburg is home to two universities, state-of-the-art medical facilities, a large military mobilization center at Camp Shelby, beautifully restored historic neighborhoods, and a thriving music scene anchored by a diverse, international influx of students and a highly acclaimed symphony orchestra.

The sculptures selected in this competition last year, as well as two that were purchased for HAPA’s permanent collection, have been extremely well received and are placed throughout Hattiesburg’s historic downtown district.

HAPA seeks five striking outdoor sculptures to be exhibited for one year, with installation occurring in mid-March 2016 and de-installation in March 2017.

ELIGIBILITY AND HONORARIA: Entries must be suitable for display in a public outdoor setting and must be available for the entire exhibition period (March 2016 – March 2017). Preference will be given to works available for purchase although availability for sale is not required.

Each of the five selected artists will receive a $2,000 honorarium, with $1,000 paid immediately following installation and the remaining $1,000 paid upon de-installation. A $500 Mary Dixon Montague award will be presented to the work deemed best in show.

Artworks will be insured for the duration of the exhibition only, commencing upon successful installation.

All costs for delivery and retrieval of the artwork are the responsibility of the artist, although one night’s lodging in Hattiesburg will be provided, if necessary. Any special installation hardware other than standard concrete anchor bolts is the responsibility of the artist.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: All applications must be electronically submitted, and complete applications must be received by 5:00 pm on February 19, 2016. 

  • Work may be of any media, but must be impervious to the elements, require no maintenance, and be safe in a public outdoor setting that includes active pedestrian traffic and exposure to weather conditions.
  • The artworks will be installed on concrete pads located throughout historic downtown Hattiesburg. All pads are at ground level, and all works will be bolted at ground level; if a work requires elevation on a base, the base must be incorporated into its design.
  • Work must be able to be secured using anchor bolts.
  • HAPA will provide limited assistance and machinery, if necessary, for installation, but the artist must direct installation and provide any specialized hardware required.
  • Work must be available for installation on March 14, 2016, and remain available for the duration of the exhibition.
  • If a work is sold during the exhibition, a 20% commission will be paid to HAPA. 
SELECTION PROCESS: Works will first be assessed for durability and structural integrity. Those works accepted will be judged by a three-person selection panel of two professional artists and one community member via a blind review process. Please ensure that no identifying information is embedded in the images submitted.


  • Each artist may submit up to three works of art for consideration.
  • No late or incomplete applications will be considered.
  • There is no application fee.
The following materials are required:
  • A short (two-page maximum) bio and artist statement which includes artist contact information
  • Three digital images, of 300 dpi at 4x6 inches, of the work, labeled with a shortened title and “A,” “B,” or “C” .jpg. (E.g., pineA.jpg, pineB.jpg, pineC.jpg)
  • Description of the work, including title, date of completion, materials, dimensions, weight, installation requirements, and price if available for purchase (please indicate NFS if not).
  • Email application materials to with subject line “Sculpture Competition.”
If more than one work is submitted, separate email applications must be sent for each work.

  • Application deadline: February 19, 2016
  • Finalists notified: February 29, 2016
  • Contracts completed: March 7, 2016 
  • Installation: March 14-18, 2016
  • De-installation: March 2017
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: HAPA reserves the right to reject any sculpture that does not conform to stated specifications, is markedly different from the submitted images, or poses public risk.

For questions, email For more information about the Hattiesburg Alliance for Public Art, or our Facebook page

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