Mark Stebbins Memorial Sculpture Project, Portsmouth 2022: Call for Artists

Accepting submissions through November 15, 2022.

Mark Stebbins Memorial Sculpture Project
Portsmouth, NH - 2022

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Thursday, December 15, 2022
FINAL SELECTION: Made by March 2023
PROJECT PERIOD: Winter/Spring 2023


In honor of the life, legacy, and vision of Mark Stebbins, the Family, and Friends of Mark Stebbins seek to commission an artist (or team of artists) to create an original, site-specific sculpture at 145 Maplewood Avenue, Portsmouth, NH. The sculpture may have a water feature and be installed outdoors. While located on private property, public engagement with the modest space is a primary goal.

About Mark Stebbins
Mark Stebbins was married to the love of his life, Sally, for 43 years. Together, they built a remarkably full life characterized by joy, love, laughter, and the spirit of generosity. Mark’s family and grandchildren were always his number one priority.

At work, Mark was a visionary business leader, with a tolerance for risk and an eye for innovation. He led with gratitude and graciousness across the fields of architecture, construction, hospitality, and development. A highly respected leader in business, he was equally committed to philanthropy. He gave generously of his time, talent, and resources to a number of New Hampshire non-profit organizations- particularly those supporting children and families and the arts community in Portsmouth.

When you were with Mark, you felt you had his attention, appreciation, and encouragement. We want this sculpture, and the surrounding area, to be a site where you can spend a quiet moment feeling your spirit lifted by the things that gave him such joy in life: water, light, and the natural spectacle of the daily sunset.

To learn more about Mark, visit, visit this link, and watch these videos:

About Portsmouth, NH
Mark was born and raised in New Hampshire and The Stebbins Family family has considered Portsmouth, NH home for the last 16 years.

Portsmouth, NH is located on the banks of the Piscataqua River and was founded in 1630. Many historic homes and buildings remain intact and cultural tourism plays a significant role in the community’s economy.

As a developer and as a resident, Mark was able to recognize the special magic of this City. He could balance respect and love for the past with excitement for the future. He welcomed positive change and he and his development partners transformed underutilized areas of the City of Portsmouth to be vibrant new neighborhoods, including Portwalk Place, and the City's North End. Helpful Portsmouth Links.

About 145 Maplewood Avenue and the Neighborhood
145 Maplewood Ave. is a class A office building that was one of the last buildings to be developed, designed, and built by Mark and his partners. He always envisioned this building as a “Contemporary Welcoming," or a fresh way to say “welcome home” to those entering the city from the West or North.

The surrounding neighborhood is one in transition, with newly opened hotels, such as the AC Marriott Portsmouth mixing with non-profit contemporary art spaces, like 3S Artspace. A variety of restaurants have moved into the neighborhood and a host of residential properties are currently under development.

145 Maplewood was designed as a gateway building as you enter Portsmouth from the North End. The structure is contemporary in massing with both modern and traditional materials. Materials like granite and wood as well as glass and metal. The predominant siding is terra cotta, and while not a typical Portsmouth material, is both a traditional building product and is used here as a modern cladding. A nod to the past and looking to the future.


Goals, Site, Media & Materials
The selection panel members have set forth specific goals and parameters for this outdoor sculpture with the hope of creating a unique and inspiring work of art for the employees of the building, the community, and visitors.

The Selection Committee wishes to have the sculpture:

  • Possibly include a water feature;
  • Be able to be lit at night; and
  • Consider the sunset- either through the positioning of the piece relative to the sunset or more literally.

We want the sculpture to be a beacon of welcome and inspiration for those entering the community. A celebration of life, love, and natural beauty.

Site details can be found here.
Photos of the site location can be found here.

Media & Materials
The selection committee is open to any/all materials that can withstand the outdoors, harsh winter weather, and ocean salt air.

Maintenance & Durability
All applicants must consider the issues of long-term conservation and maintenance. While on private property, the sculpture is outdoors and the public is welcome to visit. The piece may therefore be exposed to physical stresses, as well as be subject to vandalism. Sculptures should be fabricated of highly durable, low-maintenance materials. All finalists are expected to stay on budget and to complete work in an approved time frame.


Who May Apply
This project is open to artists that reside in the Northeast (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, and NJ) with the demonstrated skill and experience to fully execute the vision and project. The selection panel is especially interested in artists who can demonstrate a deep understanding of Mark’s legacy and vision, as well as for a neighborhood that is newly developing within a historic city.

Can a team apply?
Applicants may apply as a single artist or multi-person collaborative group. If applying as a team, please submit one résumé for the team, with no more than one page per team member.

The anticipated project budget is not to exceed $150,000. This budget (proposed by the artist) must capture all costs associated with the project, including, but not limited to: artist design fee (including revisions), materials, fabrication, transportation/delivery, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, a contingency to cover unexpected expenses, and any other costs related to the project with the following notable exceptions:

The Building's owners will assume the costs and management responsibility for:

1. Overall Project Management;
2. City permitting;
3. Engineering hire and fees;
4. Insurance; and
5. Associated landscaping and installation costs associated with the approved design.

The team expects to work with the Artist in collaboration and participation throughout this process.


  • The submission deadline is November 15.
  • Notification of initial status by December 15.
  • Semi-finalist reviews are to be held in early February, with the final selection made by March.
  • The project period is Winter/Spring 2023, with an installation goal of 2023.

Selection Process
A selection committee made up of family and professional partners will select three semi-finalists to present site-specific design concepts/plans in person. These semi-finalists will be paid a $1,000 honorarium.

Once a final decision is made, the artist will be commissioned and contracted to begin work.