Hickory – The City of Hickory’s Public Art Commission (PAC) is seeking an artist to create a large-scale work of art inspired by the theme of “Police and Community Together.” The work will be a sculpture installed on the grounds of the Hickory Police Department and will be visible from public streets and pedestrian walkways, free of any admission fee. The committee is especially interested in work that highlights community, creativity, diversity, and craftsmanship.

The PAC invites applications from professional artists or designers, age 18 or older, who are eligible to work in the United States. Priority will be given to artists based in North Carolina.

Interested artists must submit an application, including a statement of interest, work samples, resumes, and references, by 5 p.m. on April 15. Applications may submitted electronically to [email protected] or mailed to the following address: City of Hickory Public Art Commission, c/o Sarah Greene, P.O. Box 398, Hickory, NC 28603.

A review committee composed of members of the Public Art Commission and project stakeholders will evaluate applications and invite finalists to interview. The committee will then recommend an artist, or artist team, to the Public Art Commission for approval. The selected artist will be notified on May 10.

Additional details about the project and application process are available online at http://www.hickorync.gov/content/public-art-commission.

The Public Art Commission, an advisory group to the Hickory City Council, works to enrich Hickory by integrating a wide range of art into public spaces that will create a visual sense of the community, improve quality of life, represent all facets of population, commemorate history, and inspire all citizens and visitors. Hickory’s Public Art Collection is comprised of over 100 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, murals, and benches.

To learn more about the Public Art Commission, visit http://www.hickorync.gov/content/public-art-commission. For questions about this project, please contact PAC liaison, Sarah Greene, at (828) 261-2275, or via email at [email protected].