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NEON District Exhibition at Commune Norfolk




The exhibition aims to shed light on many issues that have impacted our communities for generations. Topics addressed can include, but are not limited to homelessness, human rights, social justice, gender and racial equity, environmental sustainability and the global pandemic.


Commune, Granby Street, Norfolk, VA, USA



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The NEON District call to artists:

$25 entry fee (up to 3 submissions)
1st place: $300
2nd: $150
3rd: $50
+Juror’s Award: One artwork will be selected by the juror for inclusion in the NEON District’s biennial wayfinding program. A high-resolution printed image of the selected work will be on display in the district for two years and the artist will be awarded $100.

On view March 4 to April 17, 2022 at Commune Norfolk.

Artists of all ages are invited to submit works of art in all media.

By exploring topics of social equity through visual art, the exhibition aims to shed light on many issues that have impacted our communities for generations. Topics addressed can include, but are not limited to homelessness, human rights, social justice, gender and racial equity, environmental sustainability and the global pandemic, and should be addressed in thought-provoking and creative ways. Art can be the driving force for sociopolitical change, and we want to hear your voice.

Selected artists should expect to participate in one or more community engagement programs during the exhibition. The call is open to artists working in all media.

Create sculpture in Virginia Beach




site‐specific sculptural installation


Woodstock Park, Providence Road, Virginia Beach, VA, USA



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The City of Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation are seeking an artist (or artist team) to create a site‐specific sculptural installation at Woodstock Park, Virginia Beach’s newest skate park. The commissioned artwork will be located in a grassy area specifically designed to support this installation and found at the skate park entrance near the seating area. We are looking for an engaging work of art that reflects the culture and energy of the skateboarding lifestyle. This outdoor installation should be adequately illuminated to be enjoyed by the public day and night.

Professional artists, or artist‐led teams, are eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, reside in the United
States, and must have successfully managed and completed at least one similar commission project with a budget equal to
or greater than $20,000. Artists must have previously created large‐scale exterior public art projects; carry personal liability
insurance for the duration of the project; be willing to meet all contractual obligations, adhere to a strict timeline and are
subject to a background check

Norfolk Private Partnership Public Art Match: $25,000






Norfolk, VA, USA



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(Note: No Deadline, this is an ongoing opportunity)

The Norfolk Public Art Commission seeks to match funds to create Public Private Partnerships to create public art in Norfolk, VA.

CONTEXT: Public art is a valuable tool for creating dynamic and sustainable places. Art displayed prominently at locations within the community serves as an effective tool for creating unique and diverse destinations. Public art can also bring added texture to otherwise indistinguishable areas. Funded by 1% of the City of Norfolk’s Capital Improvement budget, the Norfolk Public Art Program has been successfully commissioning public art for the past twelve years in downtown, parking garages, the zoo, light rail stations, community centers and a variety of other public spaces.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: We are seeking private commercial developers who want to enhance their development project with public art. The Norfolk Public Art Commission will match up to $25,000 for each project.

PROJECT SITE: Artwork must be placed within Norfolk city limits at the private development site where it can be experienced by the maximum number of people.

SIZE/MEDIA: Artwork size and materials will be determined by the project site(s). Artwork must be fabricated in durable, permanent materials that are safe and easily maintained. Artwork will become the property of the City of Norfolk and will be maintained by the City.

PROJECT FUNDS: The total budget for the completed artwork will be a minimum of $50,000 with $25,000 from City Public Art funds and $25,000 or more from the developer.

TO APPLY: All commercial developers and foundations are eligible. Please submit a letter of interest to Karen Rudd, City Hall, 810 Union St., Room 409 Marketing and Communications, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 or email karen.rudd@norfolk.gov. Candidates will be interviewed prior to final selection. There is no fee to apply.


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