2018 Indoor Sculpture Exhibition

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“Out of the Darkness, Light” can be viewed from April 9 through June 15th .

City Hall 
1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara CA 95050 
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Central Park Library 
2635 Homestead Rd. Santa Clara CA 95051 
Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The City of Santa Clara’s 8th Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition opens to the public on April 9th, with displays of artwork in both City Hall and the Central Park Library. This year’s theme, “Out of the Darkness, Light”, inspired multiple artists to incorporate LED, Electro-Luminesent wire, and fiber-optic light features in their sculptures.

42 artists entered the juried contest and 25 were eventually selected to display. Renowned artists hold extensive C.V.s with prior national and international exhibitions and awards throughout the Bay Area, and some have previously displayed their work in Santa Clara’s own Triton Museum.

Of note are several artists who have recently entered the juried art show circuit, including artists who have created art works for the Burning Man festival. Reflecting modern “maker” and kinetic features, the sculptures’ media ranges from porcelain and metal, to found objects, to 3-D printed material, to laser-cut acrylic. Burning Man participants Kathy Richardson, a semi-finalist, learned how to weld from the Flaming Lotus Girls, while Oleg Lobykin has previously displayed a temporary art installation at Google headquarters in Mountain View.

Burning Man artists are becoming more mainstream, from San Jose’s wildly successful “Playa to Paseo” installation of Sonic Runway by artists Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevant, to the recent opening of “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian in Washington DC. The Cultural Commission has committed to developing a temporary art program in Santa Clara as well.  Finalists will be selected in May and awards will be presented at the May 22, 2018 City Council meeting.


The exhibition’s theme is “Out of the Darkness, Light”. Incorporation of LED, Electro-Luminescent Wire, and other sustainable sources of illumination are encouraged but not required. The theme can also be interpreted as a journey, pilgrimage or epiphany.


The artist can explore a range of artistic expression, from low-tech installations to contemporary uses of technology, including interactivity. The artwork is not limited to any specific material or medium and is open to a wide range of artistic styles. The art installation should be a 3-dimensional sculpture no taller than 5 feet, and able to be mounted on a pedestal that is approximately 3 feet wide by 3 feet deep.


  1. High res photograph or sketch at time of entry (minimum of 1 image uploaded at time of entry)
  2. Dimensions that will fit on a 36” x 36” pedestal, and no taller than 60” tall
  3. Limited number of entries per person (three per artist)
  4. Entrants must have their own insurance policy
  5. Artist has the option to privately arrange sale of displayed artwork following the exhibition
  6. Entry submitted via Google Form at http://bit.ly/2CgSmfK
  7. Artist must be 18 years of age or older and live in one of the designated Northern California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma
  8. Employees or volunteers for the City of Santa Clara may enter, but are not eligible for monetary awards.


The artwork should be designed for installation on a pedestal approximately 3’ x 3’ (no wall hangings). Selected finalists will be on public display at Santa Clara City Hall or one of its three libraries (Central Park Library, Mission Library, and Northside Branch Library). Placement will be determined by the judging panel.


  • January 12, 2018: SUBMISSIONS OPEN. 12:00 p.m. PST
  • February 16, 2018: SUBMISSIONS CLOSE. 11:59 p.m. PST
  • March 1, 2018: Semifinalists selected. Artists notified.
  • April 2-6, 2018: Semifinalist artwork installed at selected locations
  • April 9, 2018: Exhibition opens to public
  • May 4, 2018: Finalists notified
  • May 22, 2018: Recognition of finalists at City Council meeting
  • June 15, 2018: Exhibition closes
  • June 18-22, 2018: All artwork uninstalled


The Santa Clara Cultural Commission will review submitted proposals to identify projects that fulfill the theme and entry requirements. The proposals that fit the project intent and stated criteria will be shared with a judging panel consisting of a small group of Cultural Commissioners, Triton Museum staff, and may include a City Councilmember and City Staff. No more than 30 entries will be selected as Semifinalists and invited to participate in the city-wide display.

Once selected as a Semifinalist, the artist will be required to complete an Art Loan and Exhibition Agreement with the City of Santa Clara prior to final acceptance and installation of the artwork. The artist, at his or her own expense, will be responsible for the transportation and delivery of the artwork to and from the installation site and also will undertake the installation and subsequent removal of the artwork. Submitted high-res images of the Semifinalist artwork will also be featured on http://facebook.com/culturalcommission where the public will be invited to cast virtual “votes”. This social network score will count as 10% of the judging criteria.

On or before May 4, 2018 the judging panel will inform three (3) Finalists of their selection as First Place, Second Place, and Honorable Mention. The Finalists will be notified and recognized at the May 22, 2018 City Council meeting.

Finalists will be awarded monetary prizes: $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $50 for Honorable Mention. The First Place winner may be featured in future City of Santa Clara Activities Guides, and the image of the artwork may also be featured on the City’s web page, local Channel 15 slide show rotation, future Sculpture Exhibition brochures, and other City branding.


Applicants will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Appropriateness of content (should be appropriate for all audiences)
  • Creativity
  • Relevance to the theme
  • Social network score


All artists are to submit proposals and attachments through a digital submission application here (http://bit.ly/2CgSmfK).

All submissions must be logged by 11:59pm (PST) on February 16, 2018.


  • Artwork Title: Describe the name of the artwork to be submitted. Maximum 75 characters.
  • Artwork Concept: What are you hoping to express with the manifestation of your artwork? What does the art mean to you and what do you hope to communicate to viewers? Make certain to address how you have incorporated the theme. Maximum 750 characters.
  • Artwork Dimensions: Please represent in inches: height x width x depth
  • Power (electrical) Requirements, if any: Please indicate if the art requires placement near an electrical outlet, if applicable, and the length of the power cord needed.
  • Media: Describe the fabrication of the artwork, its physical elements, and techniques used to produce it.
  • Upload – Image #1: At least one high-res photograph or sketch is required.


Any inquiries and questions can be submitted to the Santa Clara Cultural Commission at culturalcommission@santaclaraca.gov.

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