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Call for ILLINOIS Artists: Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum

The Art-in-Architecture Program of the Capital Development Board is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to Illinois professional artists to create permanent original public art for the Coliseum Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois.

The Committee is interested in an exterior sculpture or installation that will activate the new entry plaza area being created for the Coliseum restoration project. In addition to artwork the area will provide a sense of arrival to the building and incorporate seating and landscaping.

The themes that the Committee is most interested in exploring are the importance of agriculture to Illinois as well as the Coliseum as a site of joyful gathering.

A long, low building, the Coliseum epitomizes the fertile, flat, loess prairies that have nurtured agriculture in Illinois for millennia. It is at the heart of the State Fair, the state’s annual celebration of its agrarian heritage and reconnects the state’s urban and suburban centers to its rural roots. It is also the site of over a century of joyful gatherings for families, friends, and communities.

The piece must be durable, safe, and cost effective to maintain and must be able to endure the rigors of the Illinois climate.

The budget for the project is $73,000.00.

Find the full RFQ with all project and submission details at

Name: Art-in-Architecture Coordinator
Address: Wm.G. Stratton Bldg. FL3/401 S. Spring St., Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-9561