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Call to Artists

Call for Artists

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour 2020: May, 2021 – April 2022.
Entry Deadline: November 1, 2020 by 5:00 P.M.

2021 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour is an exciting exhibition of outdoor sculpture displayed in the heart of downtown Mankato and North Mankato. Each year the CityArt sculpture exhibition draws thousands of community members and visitors to explore the wonderful art, making the Greater Mankato arts community well regarded around the state. Founded in 2011, the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour program will celebrate its 10th Anniversary in 2021!

The sculpture tour is a collaborative program between Twin Rivers (TR), Greater Mankato’s arts commission, and the City Center Partnership (CCP), a downtown development organization representing Mankato and North Mankato. Both organizations are committed to creating a vibrant community through arts and culture programming.

Since its inception in 2011, CityArt has added 24 sculptures to the city’s permanent public art collection and sold many sculptures to private businesses and individuals. Additionally, multiple artists have received commissions because of the exposure received from the program.

CityArt is a member of the Partner Network, a sculpture exchange program based out of Sioux Falls, SD.

What Sets CityArt Apart
The CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour is managed by the CityArt Committee and is supported by full time staff from both TRCA and the CCP ensuring there is timely and clear communication between the program and the artists.  The staff work year-round promoting the sculpture walk and the artists to facilitate sales and make Greater Mankato an arts destination.

Teams of volunteers give of their time for take-down and installation making the process smooth and efficient. There is a strong partnership between the CityArt program and the cities of Mankato and North Mankato. Each city provides staff and needed equipment to assist our teams during take-down and install. As an artist, you can rest assured that your sculpture will be well managed and taken care of.

The CityArt installation weekend is full of fun, artistic events to make our artists feel welcomed by the community and appreciated for sharing their talents with us.

How It Works
The 2021 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour will include approximately 25 sculptures in the core blocks of Mankato and North Mankato, MN. CityArt obtains sculptures on loan from selected artists and provides each artist $1,000 per sculpture. The sculptures are displayed for about one year (May to April).

Artist Stipend
$1,000 per sculpture

Shipping Reimbursement: Artists will receive up to $250 in shipping reimbursement if their sculpture is not sold and needs to be shipped back to them at the end of the tour. Anything over and above this amount is paid by the artist.

Juror’s Choice Award

The Juror’s Choice sculpture (the sculpture selected by the CityArt Committee Jury) is purchased by the CityArt program (up to $15,000) for permanent installation in the City Center.

People’s Choice Award
The People’s Choice sculpture (the sculpture with the most votes from the public) receives a $1,000 cash prize.

Best of Show Bronze – $1,000      Best of Show Other Material – $1,000

Artists will be provided a two-night hotel stay during installation weekend in May. Throughout the weekend we will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of CityArt with several special events including a Sponsor/Artist reception as well as special honors and recognitions for sponsors and artists who have participated in the CityArt program since the early years. *

*Note: Accommodations and celebration events may be changed, postponed or cancelled due to the status of the Covid pandemic and public health concerns and regulations.

Sculpture Selection
Entries will be critiqued on artistic merit, creativity, public safety, and durability in an outdoor, cold weather climate. The CityArt Committee made up of representatives from TR, CCP, the city of Mankato and North Mankato and local business and art leaders, lead the selection process. All artists will be notified by December 13, 2020.

Artist Call for Entries
CityArt is open to professional and amateur artists of all backgrounds. Artists may submit up to three (3) of their own original sculptures (in concept, composition, or execution). The total entry fee is $35.00. We welcome all sculptures and asking prices.



Other Information

  • All sculptures need to be in like-new condition when delivered to the CityArt program. We highly recommend that bronze be sealed and steel be repainted.
  • The bases have a stainless steel plate that some sculptures are welded to. If your sculpture is made from a metal that is not compatible with stainless steel, you need to attach a steel plate or steel welding tabs to the bottom of your sculpture to ensure the weld will hold.
  • CityArt provides liability and Inland Marine (collision and comprehensive) insurance coverage on all sculptures while on display.
  • CityArt provides installation and volunteer support during installation weekend in May and during take down in April.
  • CityArt receives 25% commission on sculptures sold and on any commissioned sculpture.
    If a selected artist declines to include his/her work in CityArt, an alternative artist will be selected.

November 1, 2020 Entry postmark deadline
December 13, 2020 Notification of selection results
May 1, 2021  Deadline for sculptures being shipped to Mankato
May 15, 2021 Mankato sculpture delivery & Artist Reception
May 16, 2021 Installation & Artist Dinner
November, 2021 People’s Choice Award announcement

For more information contact
Kathy Kereks, Office Manager
507-387-1008 /

  • Walking Sculpture Tour
  • Public Art