Proposal Summary

NEWaukee seeks applications from qualified artists over the age of 18 for a temporary public art installation in Lake Vista Park for the inaugural Confluence Festival. 

New Work: a work of art that either a) has yet to conceptually exist, or b) conceptually exists and has been designed, but has yet to be physically constructed.

Existing Work: a work of art that has been conceptually designed, and physically constructed.

Selected artists featuring new works will be awarded the cost of their proposal or a negotiated price. Ideal projected proposal cost is under $2,000. Selected artists featuring existing works will be awarded their stipend and materials credit. 60% of the honorarium will be awarded at contract signing, 40% at deinstallation.  

Sculptures will be available for sale to the public if the artist chooses, but must remain installed for the complete 3 weeks of the exhibition. If sold at any point during the exhibition period, there will be no commission taken.

The City also has the opportunity and might purchase a work as a permanent display in Lake Vista Park. If a work is purchased, the city will pay the remaining difference of the full price of the work as the third and last payment.  

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Project Goals  

  • Temporarily install 6-8 public works in Lake Visit Park from July 20th through August 10th, 2019.
  • Enhance the physical environment of the park, and activate the space.
  • Spark engagement from local community members, and the local art/creative community of Oak Creek.   

Artist Eligibility

Artists who have previous experience in outdoor art installation is not required, but preferred.

It is the policy of the Oak Creek to provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of age, sex, race, creed or religion, color, disability, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record, conviction record, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state, use of a lawful product while off duty, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.


Artist Responsibilities

Artists are responsible for both the installation and the deinstallation of their work. The artist also expressly waives any and all rights that he/she may have under the Visual Artists’ Rights Act of 1990 as codified in 17 U.S.C. § 106A, or any other statute, regulation, ordinance, or common law (whether federal, state or local), to prevent or recover damages for the removal, relocation, destruction, distortion, mutilation or other modification of all or any portion of the Work deemed necessary or desirable by the City or its agents. It is therefore recommended that the artist use graffiti resistant materials.

Artist must adhere to allowing the city to publish a video of the installation process, in addition to advertised photography of people interacting with the public art throughout the exhibition period. Promotion of the works, marketing of events, and social media advertising will be provided by the City with press to the artist.  

Media exposure includes the following: All pieces selected for finalist consideration will be posted to a website, along with artist bio, and opened for voting to the public. Press releases and social media updates on city channels throughout the selection process. Videos posted to social media and website of the selected artist(s) creating/installing their work. Features in the City of Oak Creek Newsletter and other digital and print publications of installation and display.


About Lake Vista Park

Lake Vista is a 250-acre site located directly on the shores of Lake Michigan in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Oak Creek is a high-growth community in the southern metropolitan Milwaukee region, and is a city that is experiencing unparalleled and transformative economic development success. The development of Drexel Town Square, the new downtown Oak Creek, has been an overwhelming success. In addition, IKEA Oak Creek  opened in the summer of 2018 and Amazon has committed to a major investment in the community. Lake Vista is located west of Lake Michigan, east of Fifth Avenue, south of Puetz Road, and north of State Highway 100.


Selection Committee

Phase 1: All applications will be reviewed for full completion. All applications that do not meet most or all of the criteria listed below will be removed from the selection pool.  

Phase 2: A focus group consisting of 3-5 local arts professionals will overview all remaining applicants. They will review all applications and works to determine their relevance and appropriateness. They will narrow it down to 4-8 works.

Phase 3: The Tourism Commission will then review remaining applicants and select 5 proposals that fit best with the scope and spirit of the project.


Criteria for Selection

  • Pieces that integrate the following elements will be preferred:  
  • Shows well in both day and night
  • Suitable for display in adverse weather conditions  
  • Soundly and professionally constructed with durable and safe components that require no maintenance during the display period
  • Appropriate for viewing by visitors of all ages
  • Artists expressing interest in public programming will be HIGHLY CONSIDERED.   

Anticipated Exhibition Timeline

  • Applications Open March 18, 2019
  • Applications due May 15th, 2019
  • Selected artist notified May 24th, 2019
  • Artist agreement signed May 31st, 2019
  • Installation(s) complete July 17-19th, 2019
  • Public Programming (if applicable)   July 20th, 2019 – August 10th, 2019
  • Deinstallation is complete    August 11th – 15th, 2019

How to Apply

  • Apply no later than May 15th, 2019 at 11:59PM CT
  • Sent at least one sketch or photo of the proposed or existing public art, including specific dimensions. A basic construction or installation plan  
  • For newly constructed works, a projected budget for the cost of materials.
  • For existing works a cost for installation and deinstallation.

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