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Posted on: October 19, 2023

Artists Invited to Submit Designs for Herky on Parade

Blank Herky On Parade sculpture

Local and regional artists are invited to submit designs for Herky on Parade statues. Apply to transform Herky into something wonderful! 

Herky on Parade—the wildly popular public art project from 2004 and 2014—returns in 2024 with a new pose and 75 new designs! Local and regional artists are invited to submit designs by December 1, 2023, to paint the Herky on Parade sculptures.

In summer of 2024, 75 completed Herky sculptures—sponsored by local companies and organizations—will make their appearance across Johnson County for the public to visit. Each sculpture will be painted with a unique, creative design for all to enjoy. Following the exhibit, the six-foot-tall Herky sculptures will be auctioned to benefit a local charitable organization. 

The design application includes a blank outline of the Herky sculpture for artists to sketch their design, and an opportunity to describe the design and materials proposed. The fiberglass Herky may be painted, sculpted, transformed, and adorned. Artists who submit a design that is approved and selected by a sponsor will receive a stipend when they pick up their blank sculpture, and an honorarium upon artwork completion. After the sculptures have been completed by the artists, the project organizers will have the Herkys clear coated with automotive lacquer prior to the public display. 

Herky on Parade is the largest public art project Iowa has ever produced. Herky on Parade is a cooperative effort between the University of Iowa Department of Athletics; the Cities of Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, Solon, and Tiffin; Think Iowa City; and Iowa City Area Sports Commission.

How to Apply
To learn more or to download an application packet, visit www.herkyonparade3.com, email ashley@ThinkIowaCity.com, call 319.337.6592, or stop by the Think Iowa City offices at 900 1st Avenue in Coralville. The deadline for artists to apply is December 1, 2023.

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