Call For Artists

Chicago Public Art Group, in partnership with Grove Parc Venture Partners, LLC invites artists to submit proposals to create a sculpture that will reflect the Woodlawn neighborhood. The sculpture will be located in front of the new Jewel/Osco at 61st and Cottage Grove. One lead artist will be chosen to work with CPAG to create the sculpture with community and stakeholder input.

Artist Fee: $10,000

Foundation, fabrication and installation: $20,000

Location of proposed site:
61st and Cottage Grove in the Woodlawn neighborhood

Project Timeline Information:

July 20, 2018: Application Open
August 20, 2018: Application Deadline
Sept 7, 2018: Artist Chosen
Sept 17 - Sept. 28, 2018: Hold one community workshop to gather ideas/stories for the design
Sept 28 - Oct. 31: Artist creates design and any revisions
Nov. 2018 - Feb. 2019: Sculptural foundation laid and fabrication completed
Feb. 28, 2019: Installation
Mar. 2019: Unveiling Celebration

Project Description

Chicago Public Art Group and Grove Parc Venture Partners, LLC are seeking community-driven artists to create a sculptural piece located at 61st and Cottage Grove in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. A committee of individuals representing the partner groups will manage a community process that convenes neighborhood stakeholders to explore, address, and develop themes and content with the chosen artist. The stakeholders, community and local residents will be given the opportunity to view the final design proposals and provide feedback.

The artist working with CPAG will implement the main stakeholder approved proposal. CPAG will also manage opportunities for local residents and interested community members to volunteer during the fabrication. By intersecting these various components, the goals of this project seek to deepen engagement between the local artist, community members, cultural institutions, community organizations, and stakeholders on the mid-South Side of Chicago.


The Woodlawn community is experiencing a resurgence. The community boasts easy access to large parks, the lakefront, Museum of Science and Industry, and the University of Chicago campus. Jackson Park will be home to the forthcoming Obama Presidential Center, which is expected to create $220 million in annual economic impact and attract over 800,000 visitors each year.

The Jewel/Osco will be the first full service grocery store in Woodlawn in over 40 years. The sculpture will reflect the community and give visitors a unique perspective of the community through art.

Artist Profile

Project partners are seeking artist candidates with the following:
1. Public art installation experience (i.e. sculptural, mixed media installation)
2. Working geography: South Side of Chicago
3. Teaching artist experience: ability to lead instruction for groups of people
4. Community driven or oriented artist practice

Other Considerations
To Apply

1. Send submissions to Steve Weaver,
2. Submissions must include resume and images in the following format

  • Resumes should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format
  • 3-5 images maximum. Images must be no more than 1000 pixels and no more than 500kb;
  • Image title: Last Name_First Name_Jewel/Osco Proposal
  • Survey ( must be completed

3. Email Subject Line: Last Name-First Name_Jewel/Osco Proposal

Questions can be directed to Steve Weaver at or Maryrose

Pavkovic at