Call Detail

Public Art Benches Featured in the Art in the Woods
The Woodlands Arts Council
PO Box 8184
The Woodlands TX 77387

Entry Deadline: 3/31/18
Days remaining to deadline: 13
Number of Applications Allowed: 3


Images - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 4
Total Media - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 4

Entry Fee (Public Art Benches Featured in the Art in the Woods): $25.00
Entry Fee (Additional site fee): $5.00

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The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC) Public Art Initiative-  Art Benches

The Woodlands, Texas is an award-winning, master-planned community of more than 100,000 residents with a strong history of public art. The Woodlands Arts Council invite national and international artists to apply for the next installation of the Woodlands Art Bench outdoor permanent collection. This call is for Six (6) separate Art Benches. Sites available for view in detail on The Woodlands Arts Council Public Art Call Initiative Page here.
These Six (6) Phase 3 Art Benches are being planned for along The Woodlands Waterway and the Hughes Landing commercial area adjacent to Lake Woodlands. Sites can be viewed on the website: Thus far, fourteen Art Benches have been commissioned and installed along The Woodlands Waterway through a partnership with The Woodlands Township and the generous funding of underwriters in the community. Walk from The Woodlands Mall to Town Green Park and enjoy the beauty and practicality of these one-of-a-kind Art Benches designed by local, national and international artists.

Three (3) finalist will be chosen for each bench in a preliminary selection process and will receive a $300 stipend. One (1) artist from these finalists will be chosen to construct a bench, receiving a stipend of $8,000.

Artists are encouraged to work conceptually with the chosen site and underwriter’s vision. The Woodlands is an aesthetically unique district, with its natural landscapes and waterway backdrop. We challenge the artists to conceptualize work that can highlight their own vision in conjunction with both the underwriter and these unique chosen sites. Benches must be abel to withstand very hot (sunny) and wet conditions as well as discouraging to skateboarders.

The site map included here, is an overview of the six (6) bench locations. The videos and images captured from of each site can be found on The Woodlands Arts Council website at where you may also a download link for each site's .jpg image. We ask the artists to download the image and input the proposed design to provide a mock-up preview of the design to be judged.

The Woodlands Bench Competition Call for Artist Instructions can be found here, and official entry to the contest is handled through after creating a free profile. There is a $25 entry fee for the first design submitted to the contest and a $5 entry fee for up to two additional designs. 

IMPORTANT: This application represents ONE site, with 4 images of the work. One full view and one detail view. If you wish to enter additional artworks, checkout and submit the first application, then return to "Apply to Calls" and choose APPLY AGAIN TO THIS CALL. Repeat the process for up to  #2  applications total.  

Download official rules here (PDF)

For more information contact:

Heather Joy Puskarich, Cultural Arts Director,