deadline: 18 February 2019
Call for entries

THE BOWER: SCULPTURE PARK AND GARDENS is located in Shermans Dale, PA.

The General Timeline/Schedule of Project will be as follows:

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) January 18, 2019
RFQ Submittal Date February 18, 2019
RFQ Review by Executive Committee/Consultant February 18 – March 4, 2019
Notification of Artist Long List March 5, 2019
Request for Proposals (RFP) March 5, 2019
Site Visits (optional) March 12-24, 2019
RFP Submittal Date April 2, 2019
RFP Review by Owner/Consultant April 2 – May 13, 2019
Notification of Artist Shortlist May 13, 2019
Request for Project Specific Proposals (PSP) May 13, 2019
Site Consultations (required) May 15- June 8, 2019
PSP Submittal Date July 8, 2019
Notification of Selection August 5, 2019
Negotiation of Project Terms August 5 – September 9, 2019
Creation and Installation Period September 9, 2019 – April 30, 2020

Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors in collaboration with The Executive Committee of The Bower is seeking to commission professional artist/sculptor and or artist teams to design, fabricate and oversee fabrication and install permanent site-specific sculptures or permanent land art installations as part of its launch of its Phase I Sculpture Park and Gardens.

THE BOWER: SCULPTURE PARK AND GARDENS is located in Shermans Dale, PA (30 minutes outside of Harrisburg, PA)

The location is a private property that will be turned into a public sculpture park and gardens. The future plans also include an artist studio, an artist residency program, possible gallery/exhibition space and public programming with various museums and collecting groups. There are meadow, garden and woodland settings on the property where the commissioned sculptures and projects would be placed. It is the Owners vision to curate an array of sculptural works, both large scale and intimate, that present visual interest from multiple perspectives. The works shall be designed to complement, enhance or provide interesting contrast within the natural setting. The construction shall be durable to withstand the changing seasons and weather elements and also shall be safe for interaction by visitors.

Chosen artwork will be required to withstand a high-traffic, unmonitored outdoor environment with very limited maintenance. Artists should take into consideration the possibility of adverse weather conditions, the wellbeing of pedestrian traffic passing by and through the site and the safety of the audience.


The Owners are developing “The Bower: Sculpture Park and Gardens”, a rural setting, garden and sculpture park located on their 36-acre wooded and meadow site along the northern slope of the Appalachian Mountains in Perry County, PennsylvaniaAdditional photos and documentation can be found on their Instagram site “@gardenbower”.

“The Bower: Sculpture Park and Gardens” will serve as their primary residence, event setting for non-profit organizations and a nature and art education center. This project is a legacy project they are undertaking to support emerging & established artists, and to create a viable sculpture park that will educate and inspire the general public.

Approximately 5-10 finalists will be chosen from the pool of applicants (Following the RFP stage listed in the schedule below), those finalists will be provided an honorarium up to $1500.00* to work with Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors and feedback from the Executive Committee to develop a final proposal for the artwork. The chosen artists/teams will then be commissioned to finalize design, fabricate, ship and install the artwork.

Artists may utilize imported materials of their choosing or landforming, stone, wood or other organics from the natural setting.

*For artists wishing to submit already fabricated scultpure works, they can do so for consideration, however please note if a work is selected that is already fabricated, an honorarium will not be provided in this instance.

*(Please note BMAA and Executive Committee will discern amount of honorarium to be given out based on potential travel and or other expenses of the particular applicant and an amount of up to $1500.00 will be awarded).


Total project budget is approximately $10K-30K per artist or artist team and the amount awarded will be dependent on the proposed project. It is inclusive of all costs such as artist’s fees, fabrication, travel, and installation time and effort. A separate shipping budget should also be proposed. Sculpture foundation, lighting, hardscape and landscaping requirements will be determined in collaboration with the Owners and will be addressed outside the budget established for the artwork.

Bridgette Mayer, Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors