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Call for Outdoor Sculptures

Love in Action: Joy, Community, Creativity



Submission Deadline: March 10, 2023

Exhibition Period:

June 11 – October 6, 2023



Sculptors are invited to submit up to three sculptures including one proposal that exemplify joy, community, and/or creativity, all forms of love in action.



Exhibitors accepted to exhibit and install at Elm Park will each receive an $800.00 stipend.

Additional sites include four at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA and potentially Worcester Academy and UMASS Medical University. The stipend and exhibition period will vary.



Panelists Nafis White, Interdisciplinary Public Artist; Ann Hirsch, Sculptor and Instructor, Rhode Island School of Design; and Haley Clouser, Curatorial Fellow at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum will review and select from submissions. David Wackell, artist and Anna Maria College’s Director of Arts and Culture will select for the college.

For more information, application, and to apply:

The Art in the Park, Worcester is a public sculpture exhibit created to present large-scale sculptures in designed cultural landscapes while enriching the lives of those that live, work, study, play, and visit spaces and places in Central Massachusetts. The exhibit provides public art sculptors with opportunities to have their work reviewed by arts professionals and participate in showing public art in Central Massachusetts. It adds to the arts literacy of visitors and the community and gives a public arts dimension to the vision of Worcester as a place where culture shines! The exhibition debuted in 2008.

Public art has the power to energize our public spaces, arouse our senses, stimulate thinking, and transform the places where we live, work, study, and play into welcoming spaces that invite pause and interaction.


“Once you notice artwork in the - landscape, you begin to make observations: that you are close or distant, larger or smaller than it, and perhaps that you like it or not. As you get closer, you may circle it and notice textures that you could not discern from far away … this experience is collective. If you hear children laughing and jumping around the artwork, it might seem more playful than if you were viewing it in isolation or inside a museum.” Samuel Adams, Curator DeCordova Museum and 2021 AIP Juror. 

Art in the Park, Worcester presents this sculpture exhibit with support from the City of Worcester’s Parks & Forestry Department, the Worcester Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Central Massachusetts Crane Service, UnitedWay of Central Massachusetts, corporations, foundations, individuals, and volunteers.


Be sure to check out the article, Art in the Park:

A Testimony to the impact of public art in Worcester, written by Project Director Gloria D. Hall in Gateway Magazine to learn more of the back story and history.

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