Since 1999, White River State Park has sponsored an outdoor sculpture program that has proven to be very successful and popular with visitors. We are now seeking entrants for the 2020 – 2023 Sculpture in the Park exhibition. We will be selecting up to two sculptures this year to join the other works on the Old Washington Street Bridge. Because of budget restraints we are staggering the removal of the pieces, so all the sculptures are not changed out at the same time. The length of time each piece is exhibited is 3 years. The White River State Park Commission will pay the artist a $5000 honorarium. In addition, the Park will pay up to a maximum of $5000 to help offset the actual costs of transporting the sculpture to and from Indianapolis (as long as mileage and receipts are provided), as well as installation and removal of the piece from the Park.

  • Sculptures will be displayed for three years beginning in April of 2020
  • The honorarium is $5,000 plus up to a maximum of $5,000 to help offset the costs of transportation, installation, and removal of the piece (mileage and receipts must be submitted for reimbursement)
  • Entries must be postmarked (or preferably emailed) by Friday, December 20, 2019
  • Winners will be notified by January 31, 2020.
  • Sculptures must be delivered and installed in White River State Park by Friday, April 24, 2020.

Please take time to download and review this additional information and feel free to contact us if you have questions or want to know more about the sculpture program.


Carolene Mays-Medley

Executive Director White River State Park Development Commission

Art in the Park

White River State Park is home to a variety of permanent public art pieces – all of which have fantastic stories to share and add their own special touch to the park.



Totem – Rinaldo Paluzzi, American - Spanish Fabricated by Mitchum-Schaefer, Inc. of Indianapolis and donated to the White River State Park on November 9, 1982. Totem is a 32 x 5 x 5 foot sculpture located in Celebration Plaza, White River State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana.


Prime Commonality

Prime Commonality by Luke Crawley & Quincy Owens – Indianapolis, IN . The ancestral commonality between humans and chimpanzees is undeniable, with dramatic evidence exhibited in our chromosomal similarities.  Prime Commonality is visually inspired by the high degree of correlation as shown in human and chimpanzee chromosomal banding patterns.


Linear V

Linear V by Jarrett K. Hawkins – Deer Park, OH . Linear V is based on natural process—natural mechanics of human vision as demonstrated through line and pattern, figure and ground. This artistic approach simulates processes in the larger natural world, such as the shapes created by erosion or the meandering of a river.



 Harmony by Don Lawler – Louisville, KY “Harmony” is a symbolic reminder for us to find a balance with the world that we inhabit.  The cubic forms represent the Cities of Man; they are fused together because we depend on each other... for everything. 


Don’t Forget Us

Don’t Forget Us by Nathan Pierce – Cape Girardeau, MO In this modern world, where we constantly feel more connected through advancements in technology.  I believe that we are simultaneously disconnected as a result of these devices.  By using public art as a vehicle for expressing contemporary issues concerning communication I see the concept for my work becoming more relevant every day.



Counterpoint by Dale Enochs – Bloomington, IN . The sculpture is architectural in form and dynamic in visual movement, the main body of the piece is approximately 10 degrees from vertical.  This tall slender form is precariously balanced by the outstretched stone that hovers above and to the side of the tilting column. 



American Bison by William E. Arnold – Wilkison, IN . The sculpture is a life-sized male bison constructed of barbed wire, densely coiled and woven. The figure is facing north and stands on a rough limestone block base. It is located on the west end of the Washington Street Bridge at the entrance to the Indianapolis Zoo.



Sentinel By Ray Katz — Pontiac, Michigan Artist Ray Katz has worked in many mediums, but metal remains his passion because of its strength, malleability and inherent beauty. These characteristics allow him to combine geometric [...]



Finish By Terrence Karpowicz – Chicago Terrence Karpowicz originally created the piece titled “Finish” for Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Mich. Recently on exhibit at the Meijer Sculpture Garden and several locations in Chicago, “Finish” [...]