Western Michigan University seeks proposals for the 2018-19 academic year and beyond for new outdoor sculpture loans, a program known on campus as “Sculpture Tour.” Works may be new, existing, or site specific. All works must be capable of withstanding year-round weather conditions. For the 2018-19 year, Sculpture Tour encourages proposals of medium to large-scale outdoor works that will be located in front of the Richmond Center for Visual Arts or in its adjacent sculpture garden. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, but applications received by May 1, 2018 will be given priority. Selected artists will be awarded an honorarium to cover the artist’s fee and expenses associated with installation.
Founded in 1991 by Gwen Frostic School of Art Professor Philip Vander Weg and endorsed by former President Deither Haenicke, Western Michigan University’s Sculpture Tour has featured more than 100 notable artists, including Roxy Paine, Jun Kaneko, Tom Otterness, Patrick Dougherty, Mari Shields, Robert Stackhouse, and David Henderson, among scores of others. Comprised of large-scale exterior sculptures installed across campus, Sculpture Tour continues to be funded by the Office of the President today. Sculptures across campus represent varied conceptual, technical, and stylistic approaches. Typical loan periods span between one and three years and numerous sculptures have involved student and community participation. Sculpture Tour operates under the auspices of the Gwen Frostic School of Art and is administered by the Richmond Center for Visual Arts. See the final pages of this application packet for a brief history of the Richmond Center for Visual Arts.