Community Planning & Economic Development

Public Arts Administration
105 5th Avenue South, Room 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401

For Artists

Calls for Artists

Call for Public Artists, Nicollet Mall

The City of Minneapolis is seeking public artists for four projects for the Nicollet Mall Project. The Nicollet Mall Project encompasses the complete reconstruction of the street and sidewalks along the 12 blocks of the Mall. Nicollet Mall contains the densest concentration of jobs and market values in Minnesota. It is a major retail, transit and pedestrian corridor and home to three fortune 500 companies, as well as the Minneapolis Central Library.

In 2016 and 2017 Nicollet Mall will be undergoing a complete renovation. The Mall currently features the largest collection of public and private artworks in Minneapolis, with the exception of the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden. Most of the collection includes artworks owned by the City that were commissioned as part of the renovation of the Mall in the late 1980’s. These works represent some of the most important artists working in the region at that time from a range of cultural backgrounds. Underway is a process for considering which of these works to retain on the Mall and which to remove, with recommendations planned to come before the City Council in Spring 2015.

As part of the development of the new Mall design, Public Works and CPED are commissioning new works that complement the new Mall design, and represent the diverse range of public artists of this generation. The project’s goals are to commission new works of art that:

A Public Art Committee is being created for the purpose of overseeing the process, finalizing the artist opportunities, selecting artists and reviewing draft design concepts.

The budget for these four projects ranges from $75,000 - $500,000.

An Artist Informational Meeting, is being held on February 12, 3:30 p.m., 3:30-4:30 p.m., Minneapolis Central Library, room S-275, 300 Nicollet Mall.

The deadline for applications is February 27, 2015, 12 p.m. Mountain Time Zone.

For more information, email Mary Altman.

Get on the list

To receive announcements of future City of Minneapolis Public Art opportunities and Calls for Artists from across the Country, email Mary Altman.

CPED Business Resources for Artists

Artists and arts organizations play a valuable role in economic and community development in the City of Minneapolis. A number of the City tools available broadly to support business growth are available to artists and arts organizations.

Other Public Art Resources


Last updated Feb 2, 2015