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Open Call for Artists:


The Small Town Center, with help from the Starkville Area Arts Council, is developing a Public Art Plan for Starkville. Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, this plan will establish a set of goals and objectives for the implementation of engaging and culturally relevant public art across the entire community.  The project will also assist in the creation of 3 public art projects that will kick off the implementation of this Public Art Plan. Artists may choose from one of the following sites for their proposal:

1. McKee Park/Sportsplex campus –

Considerations: These are family-friendly spaces centered around recreation. Consider an art installation that is durable and appropriate for a young audience.

Suggested art installation type: sculpture within McKee Park, mural on Sportsplex, or interactive

405 Lynn Ln, Starkville, MS 39759

2. J.L. King Center campus –

Considerations: The J.L. King Center is an asset to the community but has low visibility from the street. Consider an art installation that increases visibility.

Suggested art installation type: sculpture, signage, or interactive

Westside Park, 700 N Long St, Starkville, MS 39759

3. Walkway to Parking (near Starkville Café on University Drive) –

Considerations: This space links public parking to the main downtown corridor but is currently underutilized. Consider an art installation that makes this space a desirable destination.

Suggested art installation type: lighting, projection, or temporary/rotating

Between 209 and 211 E Main St, Starkville, MS 39759


Our entire project must be completed by the end of 2023. Therefore, we are working on a fast-track schedule. We want to be able to offer you, the artist, enough time to engage with the team, design, fabricate, and install your art.


We are able to offer between $3,000-$7,000 to cover labor and materials for one work of art.


Each artist/group of artist(s) shall submit the following:

  • A narrative that includes which site the artist(s) selected, the inspiration behind the piece of art proposed, the budget requested for labor and materials, and the date by which the art can be installed
  • A sketch or rendering showing the proposed art installation on the site

Limit one proposal per submission. Artists may submit as many proposals as they want including multiple proposals for the same location. 

For questions, please contact arts@starkvillearts.org or fep3@msstate.edu

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.