22 Jan 2018

Public Art RFP The 2018 BDA Prize: Identity & Design

Bushman Dreyfus ArchitectsCharlottesville, Virginia, United States

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Opportunity Description

International Deadline: February 22, 2018 – The 2018 BDA Prize [Charlottesville: Identity & Design] seeks proposals for a site-specific work of public art that will successfully embody the values and aspirations of a diverse community. We seek proposals from artists, architects, designers, and citizens that will offer ideas for an artistic, cultural, social, political, or ecological foundation that our community may build upon for the future.

In light of recent events and discussions regarding the role of public sculpture, memorials and monuments, the 2018 BDA Prize seeks designs that express the identity and values of our diverse community.

The site for this year’s competition is located at the west end of Charlottesville’s downtown pedestrian mall, which was once a part of the vibrant Vinegar Hill neighborhood. Designs are encouraged to be transformative, contextual and dynamic.

One Grand Prize Award: US $5,000
Two Finalist Prizes: US $1,000 (x 2)
One Community Choice Award: US $1,000

Encouraged, allowed, or required:
Submissions should highlight the potential of public art, and the visual arts in general, and contribute to intellectual and reflective conversations in Charlottesville and beyond.

Submissions are encouraged to be visionary, bold and provocative, whether works of architecture, landscape, or sculpture.

Submissions should explore and investigate what common values our community might share and identify with, by living in this place, now.

Submissions must look forward, not back.

Proposals may be constructed of any material or any media.

Regardless of whether proposals are…
static or dynamic
place or object
inert or mechanical
architectural or botanical
temporary or permanent
activated by humans, wind, rain, or solar energy
ephemeral or solid
abstract or figural

… they must be focused on finding common ground, and strive to express the values or identity of this community. As such, they are aspirational.
Beauty is a goal. 100-year life-spans are a goal.

Not allowed:
Memorials or projects may not be about any particular person or event.

Visit us for complete details and to apply.


  • Closing date for online registration: Midnight February 22nd, 2018
  • Posters must be received by 4pm EST February 23rd, 2018
  • Gallery exhibition of all entries: March 2nd – May 7th, 2018
  • Announcement of winners and panel discussion: April 10th, 2018

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Public Art RFP. Opp Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 01 Jan thru Feb, and Open to Artists Worldwide. Income: *No Application Fee, Cash or Value Awards, Exhibition – Group, and Publication.

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