Celebrating Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, a pioneer missionary of the Society of the Sacred Heart, who came to St. Charles, Missouri, from France and founded the first free school west of the Mississippi in September 1818.

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Request for Proposals - Philippine Sculpture

The proposal process is closed.

The Society of the Sacred Heart is seeking to commission a qualified artist to create a permanent outdoor artwork for the Jubilee Prayer Garden at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. The garden is located between the church and the rectory. It currently has four other sculptures made of various materials.

The winning artist will be awarded a paid contract and will be responsible for the creation and installation (in conjunction with the archdiocese representative) of the final work.

The Society of the Sacred Heart is preparing for a bicentennial celebration of its first missionary sister. Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne came to St. Charles, Missouri, from France and founded the first free school west of the Mississippi and in the area now known as the Archdiocese of St. Louis in September 1818. She dreamed of bringing the Gospel to the native peoples in America. She is often depicted sitting with a map on her lap, representing her dream of traveling to the New World. The theme of the bicentennial is “Crossing Frontiers.” 

The artist is asked to design a seated sculpture of Philippine with a map on her lap. Philippine should be depicted in her mid-40s, her age when she left France to come to America. 

See attached PDF for more information.

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