Submit Your Art

The City of Kingsport is seeking artwork for the Seventh (7th) Annual Sculpture Walk Exhibition in Kingsport, Tennessee. Dates for the Exhibition are May 2013 through April 2014. Works can be in any media, must be suitable for outdoors and may be functional or non-functional, temporary in nature or permanent.

The temporary exhibit will be located in the heart of downtown Kingsport on Main and Broad Streets. A citizen-led effort has enabled the City of Kingsport to acquire eight sculptures in the past six years for its permanent public art collection. Annually a full color brochure is produced and distributed as well as a digital video.

Application and required materials:

For additional information or to submit application:‚  (423) 392-8414‚ ‚ ‚

Application Info

Works: Functional and non-functional, temporary and permanent work in any media suitable for outdoor public space. Works may be available for purchase. Up to 10 works will be selected for this exhibition.

Eligibility: Open to all professional artists over the age of 18

Exhibition: 11 months. May 2013 ‚¬ April 2014

Stipend: Each artist who is selected for the exhibition will receive a $1000 stipend per artist/piece. Selected artists are responsible for transportation to and from the site, and are encouraged to be on site to oversee installation. Most installation costs regarding site prep will not be the responsibility of the artist.

Purchases: One or more works may be purchased at the discretion of the Public Art Committee at the conclusion of the exhibition for inclusion in Kingsports permanent collection.

Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 PM (EST) on March 1, 2013 (no exceptions).

Timeline/ Deadlines

March 1, 2013‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Deadline for receipt of application materials
March 23, 2013‚  ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Artist Notification
April 24–26, 2013 ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Installation Dates
April 26, 2013‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Sculpture Walk Reception
April 27, 2013‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚  Sculpture Walk and Talk with Curator


An ad hoc sub-committee of the Public Art Committee will review all proposals submitted. Additionally the Committee will be advised by guest juror Peggy Townsend, Public Art Director Chattanooga, TN.

Selection Criteria

The committee will use the following criteria in the selection process:
–Suitable for an outdoor setting and safe to the public.
–Pieces should represent diverse materials and perspectives.
–Pieces should have been created within the last three years.


About the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts & Engage Kingsport:

The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, part of the City of Kingsport, connects, coordinates and engages the public with a creative community.‚  It operates a public art program, concert and theatrical events, the Carousel Project and a broad range of support to the areas arts organizations.‚  They work in tandem with a non-profit organization called Engage Kingsport, a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, in order to facilitate their ambitious and broad agenda.

Moving forward, collaborative programs will involve a variety of arts organizations as well as non-arts organizations, with the goal of increasing opportunities and outlets for artists of all types. As Kingsport becomes a destination for artists, new markets emerge for the creations of these artists. This in turn expands both the creative class and economic opportunities within our community.

KINGSPORT ‚¬ With continuing clean audits and high credit ratings reaffirmed by Moodys and Standard & Poor, eleven major institutional bidders jumped at the City of Kingsports $43 million refunding offer this week.

The confidence of the markets, international rating companies and sound fiscal management are all clearly evident by the results of this bond offer, City Manager John Campbell said Tuesday. All of our departments, the Finance Department and Budget office work tremendously hard every day assuring our financial house is in order, and that we are indeed providing the best possible services to our residents at the lowest possible cost.

A refunding is similar to a refinancing opportunity at the household level. The $43 million refunding essentially refinances about 25 percent of the Citys total debt, and will save the city $2.77 million over the life of the bonds, with maturity dates unchanged from the original bond dates.

We applaud the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for the sound fiscal management policies established by the Board, Campbell said. This refunding will save the City about $138,000 annually, which well exceeds the Citys policy of 3 percent savings for a refunding bond offer and eclipsed our internal target of 5 percent savings due to the strong demand from bidders.

Kingsport recently received a clean opinion on its finances from auditors for the 2012 fiscal year, the highest opinion available in public accounting, the 13th straight year with such an opinion.

The undesignated fund balance grew to $12.5 million, well above the Boards self-imposed $11.4 million reserve policy. In addition, the City maintains a Fleet Reserve internal service fund, paid for through depreciation on rolling stock charged back to departments for the use of vehicles.

This fund was at $5.1 million at the end of fiscal 2012, and expected to grow to $6.5 million by the end of fiscal 2013. Although designated for use in rolling stock, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen has full discretion in how those funds are used.

We have a number of internal reserve fund accounts that most cities our size do not have, Campbell said. In addition to the undesignated General Fund balance and Fleet Fund, we also maintain sizeable balances in reserve for our Workers Compensation and Health Insurance programs.

In fiscal 2012, property taxes grew by $1.1 million, and local sales tax collections grew by $1 million.

Kingsport maintained its Aa2 credit rating with Moodys Investor Service and its AA- credit rating with Standard & Poors.

In particular, Moodys noted in reaffirming its rating that the Kingsport housing market remained stable despite the national recession and housing crisis, with average selling prices increasing 20.4 percent in fiscal 2012.

In addition, assessed property value grew by 5.1 percent over the past five years, driven by commercial and residential growth, as well as annexation. And, unemployment continues below state and national averages. Per capita income for City residents in 2012 was 102.9% of the state and median family income of 97% of the state.


KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is pleased to announce a call for entry for the upcoming Carousel Fine Craft Show.‚  In celebration of the amazing community project known as the Kingsport Carousel Project we present Kingsports new premier juried, high quality, fine arts and crafts show. This juried show of ~20 quality exhibitors is open to all fine artists, artisans, craftspeople, photographers and printmakers. The show will be juried by Kingsport Artisan Walt Turpening and will take place at the Kingsport Farmers Market. All work must be original hand-made works of fine craft/art. NO commercial items for resale, kits, imported or consigned goods will be accepted.

Applications are available through the Office of Cultural Arts or online at


The show will be opened up with a Gala Event on Friday March 22 from 6-9 pm.‚  This will be a special fundraiser for the Carousel Project. Carousel animals and paintings in progress will be prominently displayed.‚  The public will be encouraged to visit the show to see the progress of the Carousel Project and to interact with the carvers, painters and other volunteers as well as taking part in the Fine Craft Show. The future site of the Kingsport Carousel will be in the vicinity of the Kingsport Farmers Market

Dates/Times: March 22-24, 2013.

Gala Event: Friday March 22  6 pm – 9 pm

Show hours: Saturday  March 23  10 am – 5 pm

Sunday March 24 10 am – 5 pm


KINGSPORT, Tenn.-Due to inclement weather, the SAT test scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at Dobyns-Bennett High School has been rescheduled.  The assessment will now take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.  For additional information, contact Mr. Brian Tate, Dobyns-Bennett Assistant Principal, at (423) 378-8400.

Kingsport City Schools is a public school system located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and an alternative school; with total enrollment reaching 6,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused -¦ World Class.

For more information on Kingsport City Schools (KCS), visit, listen live on, WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, watch KCS Today on Charter Channel 16 at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. or call (423) 378.2100. Were social too; follow us on Facebook, Kingsport City Schools and on Twitter, @KptSchools.

KINGSPORT – A leading Kingsport entrepreneur and his family have donated the foundational funding necessary to establish aquatic center scholarships for the less privileged in order to ensure they have the opportunity to learn how to swim.

We are blessed with many leading families in Kingsport who express the volunteer spirit and a desire to help their fellow citizens, City Manager John Campbell said Tuesday. That same spirit is evident with the desire of the Davis family to establish a fund, to be called the ‚¬Leland and Marilyn Davis Friends of the Aquatic Center Fund, to provide swimming instruction scholarships.

These funds are intended to establish scholarships for people who would otherwise not be able to enjoy the full scope of activities available at the Aquatic Center without the necessary swimming skills.

Mayor Dennis Phillips presented the Davis family with a commendation recognizing their founding donation on behalf of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen at Tuesday nights meeting.

Speaking on behalf of his parents Mr. Vic Davis stated that his family looks forward to being a part of this terrific facility that has become a reality based on the hard work of so many people before us who contributed of their time, talents and energy to help build a stronger community.

The fund will be hosted through the K-Play Sports Council, a 501(c)3 organization administered by the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau, and originally established to help expand sports recreational facilities within the City of Kingsport such as Domtar and Eastman Parks. Since the organization is a non-profit, all donations to the LeLand and Marilyn Davis Friends of the Aquatic Center Fund are tax deductible.

Those interested in contributing to this fund should make checks payable to K-Play with the Friends of the Aquatic Center listed in the memo section.‚  Donations can be mailed to Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau attention K-Play, Suite 100, 400 Clinchfield Street, Kingsport, TN 37660.

For more information about how to get involved, please contact Chris McCartt, Assistant to the City Manager, at 423-229-9400.


KINGSPORT РThe City of Kingsport Parks and Recreation Department will be holding a Cupids Cornhole Tourney on February 9th at V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex. The theme of this tournament is Win your Valentines Day Dinner with gift cards from area restaurants such as Cheddars, Stir Fry Cafĩ, Biggies Clam Bar, BeefOBradys, and Applebees being used as both place prizes and door prizes. The competition will be divided into 2 separate groupings. The Couples Group will be doubles play and for singles play participants will compete in the Lonesome Hearts Group. The cost to participate in the tournament is $5 per participant.

*Preregistration is encouraged for this event and runs from 01/22 ‚¬ 02/08.

Register at:

V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex

301 Louis St.

Kingsport, TN 37660

For more information call Tommy Wolterman at (423) 224-2489.

Click here to view flyer for this event.


KINGSPORT – Heavy snowfall has prompted the Kingsport Area Transit Service to suspend operations Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ‚ KATS service for Friday morning will be on a 2 hour delay, commencing at 9:30 am if weather conditions permit.


KINGSPORT – S.H.O.U.T.!® YOUTH LEADERSHIP APLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN   ALL AREA HIGH SCHOOLS, CITY AND COUNTY, HOME SCHOOLED, PRIVATE SCHOOLS, AND CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS. You can also download an application at or pick up one at your Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100.

We are holding two sessions in the summer of 2013, June 10 – 14, 2013 and another one, July 22 – 26, 2013.

The program accepts applications from rising sophomores, juniors and seniors in all area high schools.

The applicants are individually interviewed by two adults and then sent a letter.

The mission of S.H.O.U.T.!® YOUTH LEADERSHIP is Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow.

Our program consists of Team Building and Orientation, Community Awareness day, Career Day, where participants get to shadow a professional, Health and Wellness day, and Government day.

The program began in 1989 and we have since graduated over 1800 participants.

For more information, contact Vickie Snodgrass, Director of Leadership Programs, Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, 400 Clinchfield Street, Suite 100, Kingsport, TN  37660, phone (423) 392-8816, e-mail


KINGSPORT – The 13th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade will be held on Monday, January 21, 2013 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Parade participates will need to assemble at 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of E. Sevier & Center Street (Rikki Rhoton Allstate Insurance Co.’s Parking Lot).

The parade route will follow Center Street and end on Shelby Street (City Parking Lot between Kingsport City Hall & The Justice Center). The theme is “REMEMBER! CELEBRATE! ACT!  Dr. Kings Dream For Our World. If you would like to enter a car, float, church/business van, bus, truck, other exhibits or take a 20 minute walk during lunch in the parade, please contact Elder Gwen Collins (TVFAR) at (423) 753-2345 or General Overseer Ronnie Collins (JGII) at (423) 956-0675 or email: or

If you would like to contribute to some service projects from January 21 – March 31, 2013 they are as follows:

  • Butterball Turkey, Can Goods, Mac & Cheese, & Rolls $10/family (My Brothers Keeper & Food City)
  • Tools-For-School $7/child (Joshua Generation & Office DEPOT)
  • Diapers & Wipes $10/baby (Putting Babies First & Upper East TN Human Dev. Agency)

Make your tax deductible contribution payable to: JGII, P.O. Box 3390, Kingsport, TN 37664-3390.

Parade sponsors include Eastman Chemical Company, Food City, City of Kingsport, Office Depot, Joshua Generation (JGII), My Brother’s Keeper, Putting Babies First, Tennessee & Virginia Fellowship Against Racism, H.O.P.E., & Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency. Please take time to help bring about positive change in the community in which we live and help us Change a Generation!