NEA Arts Magazine

NEA Administers Historic Design Competition

At the request of Congress, the NEA has partnered with the Architect of the Capitol and the Joint Committee on the Library for a competition to design a sculpture of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks. This commission is the first full-sized statue authorized and funded by the U.S. Congress since the 1870s. The Chrysler Foundation has provided $100,000 to support the administration of the competition. The deadline for initial applications was May 30.

The NEA is administering the expert peer panel that will review all the proposals. Up to ten project semifinalists are expected to be chosen in late summer. After another round of panel review of the semifinalists, the winning artist will be selected by the Joint Committee on the Library. The selected artist will receive a Congressional commission of up to $250,000 to create the bronze statue and pedestal, which will be permanently installed in National Statuary Hall in the Capitol Building.