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Request for Proposals (RFP):

ML King District Sculpture Exhibition


Public Art Chattanooga is seeking artwork from artists for the ML King District Sculpture Exhibition in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The exhibition will be installed on the front lawn of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and African American Museum in the heart of downtown Chattanooga and the ML King District. Works can be in any media, must be suitable for outdoors, and may be functional or non-functional, temporary in nature (up to 2 years) or permanent. Up to five sculptures will be selected to be on view for two years from May 2016 to May 2018.

Eligibility: This RFP is open to all professional artists and artist teams over the age of 18, who currently reside in the United States.

Stipend: Each artist will receive a $5,000 stipend.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received (electronically, hand delivered, or mailed) no later than January 11, 2016 4:00 pm EST. No exceptions. Refer to page 4 for application procedures. The application can be found on page 5 of this document or downloaded HERE.


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A selection committee is assembled for each new public art project. Members of the committee are typically representatives, property owners or stakeholders of the neighborhood or site where proposed work is to be placed, members of the Public Art Committee, artists, architects and engineers. They use the following criteria in the selection process:

  • Submittal of all required application materials as outlined in the RFP;
  • Attention to context: architectural, historical, geographical, and cultural;
  • Proven ability to create distinctive site specific artwork as exhibited by past work;
  • Originality: creativity and uniqueness of proposed artwork concept for this project;
  • Quality and craftsmanship of product as exhibited by past work;
  • Maintainability: structural and surface soundness, durability and resistance to vandalism, weathering, excessive maintenance, repair costs;
  • Appropriateness for placement on an urban pedestrian site and ability for artwork to withstand public interaction where it can be touched and climbed upon;
  • Public safety, and compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act; and
  • Feasibility: artist's proven track record/ability to complete the work on time and within the budget.

Public Art Chattanooga
Department of Economic and Community Development

2nd Floor City Hall
101 East 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402(map)
Email: publicart@chattanooga.gov