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Silverwood Park

Call for Sculpture (2025)

Location: MN — Twin Cities Metro
Type: Call for Submissions
Visual Arts

Deadline: 07/31/2024

Other Criteria:
No entry fee required
Open to artists statewide
Paid opportunity ($10,000)



Silverwood Park is seeking proposals for outdoor sculpture to be installed in August 2025. One proposal will be selected and awarded a $10,000 honorarium to support its creation. Info session: Monday, July 8 from 6 – 7 pm. Deadline: July 31, 2024. Juror: Aaron Spangler


Silverwood Park, a Three Rivers Park District facility located in St Anthony, MN, is devoted to the integration of artistic creation and nature-based experiences. We are a unique 120-acre park in the Twin Cities area, offering views of Silver Lake, restored prairie, and mature oak forests. The main visitor’s center includes a gallery, café/coffee shop, sales gallery, and large event hall. Other amenities include education facilities, picnic sites, fishing opportunities, and paved trails. Nature-inspired artwork is exhibited in the gallery, performances are scheduled in a multi-use amphitheater, and art and nature classes are offered throughout the year. More information about the park is available at


Artists 18 years of age or older who primarily live or work in the Midwest are invited to submit proposals individually or collaboratively.


Aaron Spangler is best known as a sculptor, where he reimagines the traditional medium and technique of woodcarving with a contemporary eye. The detailed scenes and motifs in Spangler’s work are enigmatic, often surrealistic scenes and figures, which often grapple with issues such as the strife and remnants of war and imperialism.

He has received grants and fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation. Spangler’s sculptural work is held in the collections of The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Hammer Museum, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Walker Art Center, among others.

Aaron Spangler (b. 1971) lives and works in Park Rapids, MN.


Proposals are accepted for individual and collaborative works. Artwork may include but is not limited to freestanding sculpture and site-specific installations. Preference given to site-specific projects designed for Silverwood. Due to the 2-year duration, seasonal or ephemeral work will not be given priority. Materials used in construction should be appropriate to an outdoor environment and should not negatively impact natural habitat, wildlife, or park guests. Certain work might require the submission of additional information or materials for consideration. In your proposal, you may suggest a specific location or site in park that is ideal for your project. However, the final site will be determined once work is accepted. The park and artist will work together to determine this and approve final site.


Proposals will be judged on artistic merit, capability, budget, and impact as evidenced by past work and supporting materials. A panel including Aaron Spangler and Park District staff members will review proposals and select one project. Ideal proposals will support the mission of Silverwood Park. Work designed specifically for the park and interactive designs are encouraged.


Artist is responsible for all associated expenses related to design, fabrication, transportation, installation, de-installation, and removal. Artists should factor these costs into their $10,000 budget. Please include a specific budget in your proposal.


Work is to be installed by August 2025. Costs related to transport and installation of the work will be the responsibility of the artist unless otherwise stipulated. Limited assistance and equipment from Silverwood’s maintenance department is available on a case-by-case basis at park’s discretion. Silverwood will provide signage, an audio stop associated with the work, and basic maintenance of site. Upon installation, Silverwood will assume limited liability for any gross damage (unrepairable by the artist) or theft of the artwork, excluding ceramic, glass, and other fragile sculpture materials or damage resulting from faulty construction or materials.


Duration of installation is a minimum of 2 years. Work is to be continuously displayed during this time. Silverwood Park reserves the right to request that the artist remove or repair a work at any time during this period if circumstances require. The artist retains ownership of the work. If agreed by both parties, the duration of display can be extended.


Silverwood Park retains responsibility for advertisement of work through listing in a quarterly events calendar and onsite fliers as well as through the Three Rivers Park District website and social media sites. Silverwood may include sculptures in educational programs at the park. Any additional desired advertisement will be the responsibility of the artist.


Join us in person on Monday, July 8 from 6 – 7 pm to ask questions about your proposal and learn about the park. Please RSVP to


Info Session: Monday, July 8 from 6 – 7 pm

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2024 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time Zone

Artist Notification: October 1, 2024


You will be notified by email of application status by October 1, 2024.


For further information about the park or prospectus, please contact Eileen Cohen at or 763-694-2091.

Silverwood Park / Three Rivers Park District

2500 County Road E

St. Anthony, MN 55421