The 32nd Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition (ODSE) for 2021

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission’s Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition has a proud tradition. The exhibition was founded by Jim Patti and is sponsored by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission, which receives financial and staff support from the City of Lawrence. Works are displayed in downtown Lawrence, along Massachusetts Street, at Theatre Lawrence, and in other areas. Here’s a PDF version of the 2019 Brochure/Map. (The 2020 exhibition was cancelled due to the pandemic.) In addition to being a popular annual exhibition for locals and visitors, artists gain hands-on experience developing and installing artworks in the public realm.

Opportunities for 2021

While the program is open to traditional sculpture, we are also encouraging artists to think beyond traditional approaches to making art for the public realm. The Cultural Arts Commission is working with community partners and has received a Reimagined Spaces grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission for a new program entitled, Art+Culture+Crossings. This program is inspired as an art-infused response to the pandemic and will dovetail with the Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.

To help assist artists in imagining and developing new approaches for the public realm, resources like Americans for the Arts, Arts + Social Impact Explorer and the Center for Performance and Civic Practices are provided as reference and for educational and inspirational support.

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2021 Application

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