Welcome to the Midwest Sculpture Initiative Web Site. Founded in 2003, MSI was formed to provide innovative exhibitions that feature outdoor sculpture.

MSI's mission is to: Provide outdoor sculpture exhibitions throughout the Midwest, promote cooperation among art and civic organizations, advance the role that the visual arts play in the quality of life and increase economic development.

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The 2019-2020 Call for Entries has been issued.
There are 2 deadlines!
February 15 & February 28, 2019

Interested in becoming a host community?
Download this pdf MSI brochure

Why Public Art?

The better question is why not? Public art has been with us for time eternal beginning with the cave man...

MSI holds twelve to fifteen exhibits yearly. All exhibits feature the following benefits to the exhibiting sculptor:

  • stipends of $850 and $750.(paid to sculptor at time of installation;
  • highly visibilty sites;
  • year-long coordiated media promotions;
  • most venues offer guided tours;
  • exhibits posted on the MSI website with links to and from the hosts websites;
  • concrete pads and installation services;
  • strongly encourages sales (MSI has proven year after year that it can sell sculpture, ask the many happy sculptors)
  • and MSI, with the 'host', will provide liability insurance (sculptor supplies damage and loss insurance).
  • All exhibits begin approximately May 1st and conclude April 15th (the following year).

MI Art Tour app
This app will help you discover public outdoor works of art and culture in Michigan and show you the work nearest to you. It will provide information about the artists, as well as photos of the piece. MI Amazing Art Tours will also give you directions on how to travel to see the work, by car, bike, or walking. MI Amazing Art Tours expert curators have put together "tours" to help you discover work from around the entire state. Enjoy!

iTunes app
Android app

For more information, contact MSI at (517)486-4591.

This site was updated on January 3rd, 2019

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