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The Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Institute
Call to Artists!
The Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Institute
Begins its Search for a Sculptor

On January 24, 2022 the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Institute (KLI) published its call to artists.  This is the first step in identifying a sculptor to create a statue commemorating Lincoln's 1856 visit to Kalamazoo.  The call to artists was published in ArtOpportunities, a national forum for public art commissions.

The call to artists includes a Request for Qualifications (RFQ).  The RFQ is an opportunity for interested sculptors to submit their qualifications to the KLI by March 4, 2022.  The RFQ is open to experienced artists who have completed at least one commissioned outdoor art piece.  The KLI will review the submissions and select finalists.  The finalists will submit their proposed designs to the KLI which will choose the winning design.
Submissions Already Received
Gary Swain, Chairman of the KLI's Statue Committee reports that several artists have already submitted their qualifications in hopes of being chosen as finalists.  These artists include a mix of talented Michigan artists and others with a national portfolio of similar successful commissions.

The KLI has set the artist award for the statue at $125,000.  The proposed timeline calls for the KLI to select the winning design in August of 2022.
The Kalamazoo City Commission has previously passed a resolution supporting the placement of a privately-funded bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln in Bronson Park, and has authorized the Kalamazoo Abraham Lincoln Institute to coordinate fundraising efforts, and oversee the artistic direction for the statue design and selection of a sculptor.
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