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Art4Trails public art installations on Rochester bike trails
Art4Trails is seeking proposals for four temporary outdoor, site-specific art installations at locations along the bike trails near downtown Rochester. One proposal for each site will be selected, and the artist will be awarded $2500 per site, $1,250 upon selection and $1,250 after installation. The art will be installed between June 1 and June 19, 2020. Applications open November 1, 2019, and close January 13, 2020 at 11:45 pm. If funding becomes available in the time frame of the 2020 process, a call for a permanent installation will also be announced.

Rochester Park and Trail system
The Rochester trails provide a convenient way to include activities such as inline-skating, biking, running and walking – either for getting to work and back or simply for recreation and exercise. Rochester has 85+ miles of bituminous or concrete-surfaced tails available for pedestrians, bikers, wheelchairs or strollers. Park and trail maps are available from the Park and Recreation department in city hall or on their website. Art4Trails site locations for 2020 temporary sculptures can be found here. They are at Silver Lake Park by the old fire station, Mayo East Park by the playground, Slatterly Park by the picnic shelter and on a river landing near the waterfall sculpture at the end of Third St. SE.

Artists 18 year of age or older living in Minnesota and neighboring states are invited to submit proposals individually or collaboratively. Students who do not meet the age requirement can participate by having
a teacher or guardian sponsor a proposal. Priority will be given to one student/mentor application if it
meets the selection criteria.

Selection Criteria
Proposals will be judged based on artistic merit as evidence by representation of past work, the proposal
itself, and other supporting materials. A review panel consisting of working artists, curators, arts
professionals and a representative of the Parks and Recreation Department will review and select the
winning proposals by February 20, 2020. Selected proposals will enliven sites along the trail system in downtown Rochester between Silver Lake and Slatterly Park. Artistic quality must be of the highest standard in regard to design, materials, craftsmanship, assembly, and appropriateness to the character of the site. Projects must be in place on or before June 19, 2020.

Artists must consider the following criteria:
Artistic merit of the proposed work, including:
• Idea to be conveyed
• Key theme(s) engaged
• Appropriateness of media to idea
• Visual impact, including color, form and composition
• Harmony/compatibility with physical and social setting

Feasibility of the proposed work, including:
• Durability
• Public safety
• Risk assessment (risk will be assumed by the artist)
• Maintenance obligation

Ability of the artist to successfully complete the project, including:
• Training and experience
• Evidence of careful financial planning
• Technical competence

Review process
• Locations for artwork will be pre-selected and approved by the Rochester Parks and Recreation
• The artwork must be of appropriate size and scale to fit in with its proposed surroundings
• Art4Trails will contact key members of the community or special interest groups to alert them of
possibly incoming structures.
• The artwork must fit within any established parameters and settings already in place.
• Responsibility for securing all necessary permissions and permits, fabrications, installation,
maintenance, and removal of artwork is assumed by the artist.
• Sites will be located along the bike trail from Silver Lake to Slatterly Park

Application Materials: Deadline January 13, 2020
Applicants must complete the application which requires the following:
• First and last name, address, city, state, county
• Artist Statement (1500 characters maximum)
• Project Proposal (6,000 characters maximum)
o What is the idea or concept of the piece? Describe what the project will consist of
and/or look like.
o How will it be installed on location?
o What are your proposed installation and removal dates?
• Site preference (3 top choices). Locations for 2020 can be found here.

The following required materials should be emailed to within 24 hours of
completing the form or before the January 13, 2020 deadline

Budget and resume saved in either Word or PDF format:
• Budget Outline: the $2,500 award will cover artist’s time and associated expenses for design and fabrication of the work. Artists should factor these costs into their budget.
o Budget should include: rental of equipment, cost of materials, artists fees, etc.
• Artists resume/C.V. (one page maximum).

Examples of previous work:
• Maximum 3-5 images or videos documenting work completed within the last two years. Images
must be formatted digitally to the following specifications:
o JPEG format
o Each image less than 3 MB in size
o Label each file with your last name, first name and number as a title. The number
indicates the order in which you want the slides presented ▪ i.e. Lastname_Firstname_01.jpg, Lastname_Firstname_02.jpg, etc.
o Up to three additional images, sketches, models or renderings of what the project will
look like may also be included with the last name, first name, “proposal” and number as
a title. ▪ i.e. Lastname_Firstname_Proposal_01.jpg, Lastname_Firstname_Proposal_02.jpg, etc.
o Video samples of up to 3 minutes via links to Vimeo or another web-based video file
o Optional: include a separate Word or PDF document with descriptions of each piece
(title, medium, size, etc.)

Submit your final application here and send required materials within 24 hours to or before January 13, 2020.

There is no fee to apply. Materials will not be returned. To view a downloadable .pdf version of this Call For Art Click Here.

Site Information
Restrictions and considerations:
• Installations must be at least 2 feet from the trail
• If a piece is meant to be interactive, it should be further from the trail to prevent crowds or
standers by from blocking the trail.
• Artist is responsible for all maintenance and repairs if needed, e.g., vandalism.
• Art should be appropriate for its location. Site locations for 2020 sculptures can be found here.

Duration of Installation
Duration is dependent on the proposal with a minimum of three months and a maximum of one year.
Work is to be continuously displayed during this time. Rochester Parks and Recreation Department
reserves the right to request that the artist remove or repair a work at any time during this period if
circumstances require. At the end of the duration, the artist retains ownership of the work.

Artists will be notified about the result of their proposals via e-mail by February 20, 2020. At that time,
artists for the temporary installations will receive $1,250 of the award to purchase materials and work
on the project. The final $1,250 will be awarded upon installation of the art. Inquiries about status of
applications will not be accepted after the January 13, 2020 application deadline.

Art Sales
The art can be for sale; however, the artwork will remain on display on the trail as per contract signing
with the artist.

Unveiling event
An unveiling event is proposed for June 21, 2020.

Additional information
For further information about the application process, please contact

Art4Trails received an Ardee Award on October 22nd, 2019.  For information about the award and event, please visit the Greater Rochester Arts & Cultural Trust website:

Thank you to all our volunteers and artists who helped to make 2019 a success. We were proud to install four temporary works and three permanent sculptures in 2019 – our best year yet!

Featured projects include:

Meandering Connections – Ryan and James Pederson
Reclaim – Mary Beth Magyar, 2019 temporary installation
Letting Go – Judd Nelson, 2019 temporary installation
Variations on a Circle of Fifths – Isaac Kidder, 2019 temporary installation
The Send-Off – 2019 new project and permanent installation
Flathead – Andy Arend, 2016 finds a new permanent location
Unbroken – Katya Roberts, 2017 finds a new permanent location

Click here to view a Google Map which shows the locations of all Art4Trails sculptures. It also includes the bicycle and walking tour routes, which may be turned on and off in the map legend.

About Art4Trails

Art4Trails is a public art initiative to promote local artists and enhance our public parks by installing original art along Rochester’s bike trails. Since our inception in 2016, our juried art competitions have produced 9 permanent and 9 temporary sculptures and unveiled the work of 10 local and regional artists.

This initiative began with its programming primarily downtown. However, with the additions of our 2019 sculptures, our geographic area will extend from Slatterly Park, Soldiers Field, Mayo Park, and Silver Lake to also include Kutzky Park and Cascade Lake.

Our work has been made possible with partnerships and collaborations with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, Rochester Art Center, Olmsted County Public Health, RNeighbors, WeBikeRochester, Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester, Rochester Downtown Alliance, Citizens Concerned for a Creative Community/C4, Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council/SEMAC, Riverside Central Elementary School, Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust/GRACT, Kutzky Neighborhood Association, and Eastside Neighborhood Association, Richard Brubaker memorial funds, and by generous donations of sculptures, funds, and services.

Art4Trails Sculptures:

Phoenix Rising, by Richard Brubaker is an abstract figure of a bird that has achieved new life after surviving a deadly fire.  It is a metaphor for the history of Rochester, a city that rose from the ashes of a devastating tornado to become a world-class medical center.

Unbroken, by Katya Roberts: The sculpture is a single sheet of aluminum, painted white, using only bends and cuts to form its visual and inner life.  This replaced the Giant Fish sculpture in Slatterly Park.

Tractor Cat, by Richard Brubaker: This work shows a cat featuring five individual pieces of interlocking steel, playfully painted in five bright colors. This sculpture will be installed in Roy Sutherland Park. It is the only permanent sculpture in this collection. It was donated by the artist to the City of Rochester.

Perfect Canoe, by Sebastien Richer: The canoe is fabricated in steel, about 10 feet long and shaped like an s-curve. It is installed at the confluence of the Zumbro River and Bear Creek in Mayo Memorial Park.


Please consider volunteering or donating to “C4” noting “Art4Trails” in the memo, and send checks to C4/Art4Trails, 609 4th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

This project made possible in part through funding from the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.