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Pinney Library: Call for Public Art Info


Below is a estimated timeline*:

02/18/19: Pinney Public Art application closes (extended deadline)
03/04/19: Top artist(s) are announced
04/01/19 Selected artist(s) will be announced
April 2019 - June 2019: Selected artist(s) will be planning and beginning fabrication (if piece is new) 
July 2019 - November 2019: Selected artist(s) create and install exterior piece #2  
November 2019 - March 2020: Selected artist(s) create and install interior piece #1 (pending construction schedule)  
Spring 2020: New Pinney Library location opens to the public
*subject to change depending on construction schedule


Project budget: not to exceed $10,000 must include artists fee, supplies, travel, fabrication, installation and all related costs
Dimensions: maximum size of 6’-0”W x 8’-4”H

  • Installed as a two or three-dimensional mounted artwork for the new library’s Reading Room, a space intended for contemplation

  • Maintain a strong connection to the natural world and incorporate a sense of warmth and light

  • Emphasizes organic forms and relates to the wood and glass elements that are prominent in the architecture of the space

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Public art Piece #2

Project budget: not to exceed $25,000 must include artists fee, supplies, travel, fabrication, installation, coordination with architects/contractors and all related costs.
Dimensions: 46’-0”W x 6'-0"H*
*the piece must incorporate the top of (or around) the existing bike pavilion knee wall and will need to extend the entire length of the knee wall (46’-0”) to completely enclose the outdoor area and should be at least as tall as the adjacent fence (6'-0"H) but could be taller.

  • Installed as a sculptural element for the outdoor courtyard, creating a fence, wall, or other demarcation of the library’s exterior courtyard space, primarily used by children and families

  • May be two or three-dimensional, but must be a self-supporting piece

  • Be a part of the library’s PlayLab, an area dedicated to exploring early literacy skills through interactive play

  • Brighten this active community space and reflect the cultural, linguistic and/or environmental diversity of Madison, seen from both sides, and be safe for all ages to interact with.

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The Madison Public Library has received funding through the Madison Art Commission's Art in Public Places Program and a donation from the Madison Public Library Foundation for these two unique pieces that will be installed as permanent public art in the newly built Pinney Library.


Application Closes: 02/18/19 by midnight CST
Top Candidates Announced: 03/04/19
Selected Artist(s) Announced: 04/01/19

If you have specific questions about the application process, please email
Bubbler Program Coordinator, Trent Miller at