RFP for Public Art  

Posted - March 31, 2017
Deadline – April 30, 2017
More information at Lincoln Park Business Group 

The Lincoln Park Business Group requests proposals from regional artists for public art project(s) at the corner park located at 19th Ave West and Superior Street in Duluth, MN. 

Deadline: April 30th at 11:59pm
Panel Decision and notifications: May 2017 
Completion of work: July – Sept, 2017 


The purpose of this Call For Artists is to retain an artist for a permanent public art project for the corner park of Lincoln Park located at 19th Ave West and Superior Street. The aim of this artwork is to celebrate the strength and vitality of the Lincoln Park neighborhood and engage the community in the rebirth of a thriving craft district.  

The corner lot has been maintained by the Parks Department to provide a nature, rest, and shopping amenity to residents and visitors in Lincoln Park’s primary commercial corridor. It is the goal of this project to coordinate efforts through public meetings to rehabilitate the park space and make it more attractive and enhance utilization by area residents and pedestrians. We hope that transformed, this space can again become a contributor to positive community gathering space that encourages community involvement, neighborhood pride, and increased outdoor activity.   

An all-inclusive budget of up to $10,000 is available for this project. This amount represents all professional services and deliverables related to the artwork. Several smaller budget projects with high artistic impact may be selected instead of one large project.  

Residents of Minnesota or Wisconsin are eligible to apply. Artists working in any media are welcome. The finished piece(s) must be permanent and able to withstand Northern Minnesota weather and daily public use.  


Some opportunities for art installations in the park include, but are not limited to: a two story flat brick wall, raised planter beds, electrical service available for decorative lighting, a need for new benches and tables, new pavement/sidewalk art space, etc.

Selection of work:
The selection panel will consist of Lincoln Park artists, community members, and business owners.  

Selection will be based on the artist’s ability to demonstrate an original voice and a mastery of the chosen materials. The selection committee is looking for an artist who will be able to deliver on a large-scale project in the required amount of time.  Artists should take into account history of the neighborhood, and celebratory nature of open call.  

Application Materials 

Apply online at: info@lpbg.org 
There is no fee for submission
The following materials are required for an application to be considered complete:
-Contact information including name, address, email, and phone number
-Cover letter
-Resume / CV
-Work Samples: between 5 and 10 media files (media may include images, text, audio, or video depending on the nature of the artist’s work)
-Artist Statement and vision for public project 

About the Lincoln Park Business Group and the Lincoln Park neighborhood 
The mission of the Lincoln Park Business Group is to lead and promote the revitalization of Lincoln Park through business, economic, and community development. The organization was first created in 1937 as the West End Civic Club and became the Lincoln Park Business Group. There are currently over 110 business members and an active board of directors made up of non-profit organizations, businesses in a variety of sectors, and neighborhood residents. 

After years or empty storefronts and negative perceptions, efforts are transforming Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood into a craft hub with strong neighborhood commitment. The goal of the Lincoln Park Business Group is to implement the Lincoln Park revitalization plan, to support and promote Lincoln Park Businesses and the improve the Lincoln Park community.   


National call for artist opens April 1, 2017
Deadline: May 14th, 2017

  • July -September 2017
  • $1,000 Stipend + Housing for non-local artist
  • Tour small craft business partners for skill-sharing, materials, and more
  • Create a craft-centered, community-inspired art installation

The Duluth Art Institute is excited to announce the national call for our Artist in Residence program in the Lincoln Park Craft District of Duluth, Minnesota. The aim of the Artist in Residence program is to support the role of artists as effective community builders and to expand the revitalization of the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The inaugural year of the residency is scheduled for two terms, Duluth artist Paul LaJeunesse was selected for the first term (March - June 2017), and a national artist will be selected for the second term (July - September 2017). The selected artist will tour participating neighborhood craft businesses (including Bent Paddle Brewing, Aerostich,Frost River, Hemlocks Leatherworks, OMC Smokehouse, and more) to identify potential partners for the artist’s work during the residency. 

Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Applicants need not consider themselves a "craft artist" by traditional definitions, but be committed to hands-on methods of producing. Selection will also be based on the artist's willingness to have an active presence within the Lincoln Park neighborhood, and to increase arts engagement and enhance neighborhood identity.

About the Duluth Art Institute and the Lincoln Park neighborhood
The Duluth Art Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit visual arts organization that has been providing visual arts programming to the region for 109 years. The mission of the Duluth Art Institute is to enrich daily life with dynamic, innovative visual arts programming that upholds excellence and promotes active community participation.

In 1975 the DAI found its first home in the historic Depot Building, 506 West Michigan Street. Today, it houses our business office, galleries, fiber studio, and darkroom.  In 1992, compelled by an increasing demand for further educational programming and access to the ceramics arts, the DAI purchased an authentic Carnegie Library in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood at 2229 West 2nd Street. At this site the DAI offers ceramic studio rentals; multi-purpose studio space; classes for youth and adults; summer art camps; and Free Family Days.

Duluth is a visually stimulating city on a Great Lake and an industrial history, while still being small enough to offer low overhead costs and ample community support. After years or empty storefronts and negative perceptions, efforts are underway to renew Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood as a craft hub with strong neighborhood commitment. The DAI has a unique opportunity, in partnership with area small businesses, for artists to expand their practice with a craft business partnership. The presence of active artists will also aid the area’s creative and economic growth.

Studio and Facilities
One artist per residency term will have a private studio space provided in the DAI Lincoln Center for Education, with daily access during regular building hours (generally 9am-9pm). The studio measures 14 x 19 feet and features large, north-facing windows, several 110 electrical outlets, and two story ceilings with a lofted storage space. A shared restroom, refrigerator, and microwave are available on the same floor. The Lincoln Center is also home to our rented ceramics studio spaces, including three electric kilns, one gas kiln, a glaze room, and ceramics ventilation, as well as an AIM 104J fused-glass kiln and Blick Master Etch printing press. 

The DAI’s main gallery and office location at the Depot in downtown Duluth offers a black and white darkroom (The DAI Darkroom) and a fiber studio maintained by the Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild. All access to DAI studios would be scheduled with facility managers and meet the same policies as regular members or renters. Artists will also have the support of DAI staff for residency-related activities and promotions.

Artists should exhibit the ability to envision and produce a public project, installation, or body of work, with some aspect that engages with and showcases Lincoln Park craft businesses and its residents. Artists should have an understanding and respect of shared workspaces, materials safety and safe studio practices, as well as an openness to the change and evolution of ideas throughout the residency project.

Artists will tour the neighborhood with staff and will partner with a neighborhood craft business. Terms of the partnership will be agreed upon between the artist and the business. 

Artists will be responsible for creating at least one public project in Lincoln Park, informed by their experience in the neighborhood. The project could include performance art in the neighborhood, art filling empty storefronts, public art in the park, pop-up projects, artist-designed plantings, furnishing, or lighting, or any number of outcomes. The artist would work with the DAI staff to coordinate the time and placement of the project, with DAI staff responsible for marketing it.

Eligibility/Selection Process

For the second term of the residency (July through September 2017), the DAI will accept applications from any local, regional, or national artist who is not currently enrolled in an academic program.

The selection panel will consist of Lincoln Park artists, community members, and business owners. 

After the application deadline of May 14th, the selection committee will convene and announce the first selected artist by May 22nd. The residency term will commence on or after July 1st and conclude on or before September 30th, 2017.


Application Process:

Please submit your contact information and up to 10 files via Submittable (media files may include images, text, audio, or video depending on the nature of the artist’s work). An artist statement and resume/CV are optional, but answering the following questions is required:

Deadline for the March - June 2017 residency term: Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on May 14, 2017. The selected artist will be announced by May 22nd and begin residency work in July.

Have questions? Contact Catherine Meier at cmeier@duluthartinstitute.org