Cape Canaveral’s Civic Scenery program started small, with a few murals around town and a handful of traffic cabinets, all featuring designs from local artists. It was a simple program, designed to introduce varied elements of public art into the Cape Canaveral landscape and foster marketable opportunities for working artists — with room for growth of course. Last month, the community witnessed the beginning of that growth as the City of Cape Canaveral rolled out the next generation of its Civic Scenery program with a Call for Sculptures.
At its meeting on September 30, 2021, the Culture + Leisure Services Board reviewed the submissions from the original Call for Sculptures, listened to input from community stakeholders and unanimously moved to re-issue the Call for Sculptures with revised criteria, aimed towards attracting submissions that fit both the character of the community and the facility that will the installation.
Representing the first of what will become multiple biennial installations in the City, the Call invites artists to submit works to be considered for a 24-month installation beneath the portico of the Cape Canaveral Public Library; located at 201 Polk Avenue in Cape Canaveral. As before, all eligible submissions will be presented to the Culture + Leisure Services Board who will make the final selection. The selected artist will receive a $2,000 honorarium for the exhibition.
The full Call for Sculptures along with the Civic Scenery Artist Application can be found on the City’s website. Artists are encouraged to review the criteria carefully before submitting their application. Applications that are incomplete or received after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 may not be considered.