Carbondale Community Arts (CCA) and the Public Art Selection Committee are accepting proposals from artists interested in creating commissioned public art sculptures/installations in downtown Carbondale, IL.

Considering historical, geographical and socio-cultural site surroundings, CCA and the selection committee are seeking small to large-scale multi-use sculptures with a preference towards bicycle parking, seating and interactive spaces inspired by the Shawnee National Forest. Collaborative efforts from multiple artists are welcome.

Proposals from individuals or groups of artists will be accepted through February 28, 2017 after which the selection committee will select artists based on the work and application submitted.



The Public Arts Initiative for the City of Carbondale has four main goals; to enhance the sense of place for the City, to beautify the streetscape and encourage foot and cyclist traffic, to feature the beauty of the Shawnee National Forest within the downtown and to engage the local community in a lasting creative endeavor.



In order to unify all categories of the public art initiative in a cohesive way, the Shawnee National Forest has been defined as the theme for the project. The Shawnee forest is Illinois’ largest expanse of wooded land, and is located right outside our back door. This theme gives recognition to Carbondale’s location as the gateway to the diverse beauty of this incredible natural area in our region.



The process for implementing this phase of the plan will engage qualified local and regional artists in the submission of proposals for works of public art to be installed on South Illinois Avenue from Mill to Cherry Streets. Consultation with city planners will determine opportunity sites for various art forms- from functional bicycle parking and benches, to decorative screens for application surrounding new planters and small and large scale sculptures.


Request for Proposals

Interested artists are invited to apply by February 28, 2017. Electronic submissions are preferred. APPLY HERE. Paper copies of the RFP are available from the CCA office by calling 618-457-5100 or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



In order to align with the City of Carbondale’s S. Illinois Avenue Streetscape Enhancement project slated for this Spring and Summer 2017, the request for proposals for this portion of the initiative will begin on February 1, 2017.


Committee selection of semi-finalists/finalists

Proposals must be submitted by February 28, with first round review during the month of March.Semi finalists will be identified by the Selection Committee and will be invited to present their proposal in a more formal manner. The finalists will be reviewed once again by the committee and those selected will be approved by City Council vote in May 2017.




1 Feb 2017   Request for Proposals
28 Feb 2017 Deadline for RFPs
March 2017  Selection of Semi-Finalists
April 2017  Selection of Finalists
May 2017 Approval by Carbondale City Council
June/July 2017 Fabrication of work by selected artists
4 August 2017 Installation of public artwork


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