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Mural in downtown Knoxville, TN

The City of Knoxville’s Public Arts Committee seeks proposals from artists or artist teams for a permanent work of art to be located on the east wall of the 500 block of Gay Street, at the intersection of Gay Street and Union Avenue, in downtown Knoxville. The selected artist or team will receive up to $10,000 to complete the project, including design, materials, equipment rental, insurance, site preparation, and installation. Preference will be given to artists residing in Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, or Union counties.


ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all artists or artist teams over the age of 18.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017.  All materials must be received no later than 5:00 PM.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


SELECTION PROCESS: The committee will apply the following criteria when selecting artists: 1) Artistic merit; 2) Artwork must be compatible in scale, material, form and content with its surroundings; 3) Relevant experience; 4) Technical feasibility; 5) An artist’s proposal should provide a budget adequate to cover all costs for the design, fabrication, insurance, transportation, storage, and installation of the proposed artwork, plus reasonable unforeseen circumstances. Artists should have a history of completing projects within budget; 6) Artwork will be sought from artists of diverse ethnic and cultural identities; 7) Fabrication and installation schedules. The artist’s proposal should include a project timeline that incorporates design review, fabrication, delivery and installation in accordance with project schedule. The artist should have a history of completing projects on time; 8) Residence. If two proposals are determined to be of equal merit, and if an artist resides in one of the following East Tennessee counties, the project will be awarded to the local artist: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union.


For more information about the project and how to apply, please visit the Public Arts Committee website: https://knoxvillepublicart.com/rfp-500-block-of-gay-street/.

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