Public Art Committee
Call to Artists
The Urbandale Public Art Committee is now taking applications for the 2024-25 Urbandale Art Park Exhibition. The Urbandale Art Park was established as a permanent outdoor sculpture park with annually changing exhibits. The Art Park is located at 3600 86th Street, just south of Douglas Avenue and Urbandale City Hall.
The Urbandale Public Art Committee will oversee the selection of 4 sculptures which will be displayed in the Urbandale Art Park for an annual exhibition during 2024-2025.
Selected artists will receive a $2,000 stipend for loaning the work for the exhibition time period. There is no application fee. Download the application and learn more here.
The Public Art Committee consists of 10 members who must be residents of Urbandale. Members are appointed by the Mayor, approved by the City Council and serve three-year terms.
Areas of Focus
The Urbandale Public Art Committee was created in 2008 to enhance the appearance of the City of Urbandale through the integration of art in the public environment. The Committee defines "public art" as an artwork that is created for the public to experience. Public art in Urbandale will represent Urbandale through the following themes:
Join the Committee
Be part of the excitement of enhancing public art (in many forms) in our community! The City of Urbandale is seeking Urbandale residents who are interested in serving on the Public Art Committee. Click here to apply.
- 3rd Tuesday of the month
- City Hall
3600 86th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
Photographic Directory of Urbandale’s Public Art
View our photographic directory (PDF) of the public art on display in Urbandale.
View the Current Art Park Sculptures
The Art Park is located at the City Hall Complex, 3600 86th Street. Current Art Park sculptures can be found here.
Learn more about "Strata" - Urbandale’s Centennial Public Art Sculpture.
Urbandale Public Library Art Gallery
The Urbandale Public Library Art Gallery is a collaborative partnership between the Urbandale Public Library, the Urbandale Public Art Committee and UCAN. The mission of this partnership is to encourage and facilitate public art of high aesthetic quality that celebrates the uniqueness of Urbandale, enhances the quality of life, makes art more accessible to the general public and provides diverse resources for life-long learning and enjoyment.
Art Park and Otocast
Bringing the unique stories of the art to life for Urbandale residents and visitors is at the heart of the new app being implemented at the Urbandale Art Park and Strata located at the Urbandale Library. The Urbandale Public Art Committee is working with the Otocast App to provide a guided tour of the sculptures in the Art Park. The tour includes a map of the where the pieces are located, photos of the pieces and the artists, and brief narratives from each artist about their specific piece. To "take the tour," simply download the Otocast App on your smartphone or tablet. The app is free and can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store. If onsite at the Art Park, each piece has a plaque that provides a brief concept statement from the artist and includes a QR code that, when scanned using a smart phone, will provide access to the Otocast app. This new feature will provide the public with a more meaningful and uniquely inspiring experience when viewing the sculptures.