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Pinney Library: Call for Public Art Info

APPLICATIONS for pinney art calls are currently CLOSED

Below is The project timeline (Updated Feb. 27th, 2019)*:

Monday Feb 18th – Applications Due

By April 1st - All artists/teams are notified of jury results and 6 proposals (3 for each project) moving on to the next round are notified that they are invited to do a public presentation.

Week of April 15th: Public presentation by 6 artists/teams (3 for each project).

Week of April 22: Notification emailed to all finalists of jury results.

May 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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CLICK HERE to see or download a clearer PDF of the below rendering.

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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.


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