Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

2014 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit Image2015 Exhibit

The City of Olathe welcomes you to the 2015 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Nine sculptures have been selected and displayed throughout the downtown area of Olathe for a period of one year.

The  sculptures are on loan for a stipend amount from artists throughout the country.

Visit the 2015 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit Sites to enjoy a self-guided tour.

Permanent Sculpture Exhibit Sites are also displayed throughout the Olathe community.


The 2015 exhibit is provided for the Olathe community with a budget of $15,000 to cover costs for the juror, stipends for the artists, printed materials, and signage.

Pick up a brochure at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe Street.

Contact 913-971-8563 for additional information.


2015 Juror

This year's exhibit was juried by Raechell Smith.

  • Smith has served as Director and Curator of the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute since its founding in 1999As a contemporary art space with a strong visual art education mission, the Artspace has been recognized for excellence in architectural design, graphic design, and public programming within the region.
  • Smith has organized exhibitions and public art projects presenting work by regional, national, and international artists including Ghada Amer, David Shrigley, Shirin Neshat, Wenda Gu, Lee Boroson, Alexis Rockman, Jenny Holzer, and Vik Muniz.  
  • Smith has served on advisory panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Artadia, United States Artists,  the Kansas City Municipal Art Commission, the Kansas City Collection, and the Missouri Arts Council. 
  • Smith is also a founding board member of the Kansas-City based not-for-profit organization, The Charlotte Street Foundation, a member of the Leadership Council of National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture, and the Leadership Council of Artadia. 


2016 Call for Sculpture Entries

The City of Olathe is accepting Call for Sculpture Entries for the 2016 Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit.

This exhibit is open to all artists 18 years of age and older and all entries must be original work.

This year's exhibit will be juried by Charlotte Matthews, who holds a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from KU, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts double major in Illustration/Design and Art History from the  Kansas City Art Institute. She currently serves as Director of Healing Arts and Special Events at Truman Medical Centers.

Artists may enter up to three works for consideration. There is a $10.00 entry fee and all entries must be received by January 4, 2016. The city is looking to exhibit larger pieces due to the locations. Awards: Artists will receive a $1500 honorarium for each work selected.

Please see the Call for Entries Brochure for details and information. If you have any questions, please contact 913-971-8658.