KINGSPORT – The City of Kingsport Public Art Committee is seeking artwork for the Sixth Annual Sculpture Exhibition in Kingsport, Tennessee.‚  Dates for the Exhibition are May 2012 through March 2013.‚  Works can be in any media, must be suitable for outdoors and may be functional or non-functional, temporary in nature or permanent. ‚ The Sculpture Walk will be curated by Peggy Townsend, Public Art Manager for the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee.‚  ‚ Additional information on the Kingsport Public Art Program n be found at

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 seven sculptures in the past three years.‚  Annually a full color brochure and catalogue are produced and distributed as well as a digital video.

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 2012 ‚¬ April 2013

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 9, 2012 (no exceptions).‚  Application directions and an example are provided below. ‚ ‚ Applications can be sent at


Bonnie Macdonald – Cultural Arts Administrator
Renaissance Center
1200 East Center St.
Kingsport, TN 37660

Phone: 423-392-8416


Timeline/ Deadlines

March 9, 2012

Deadline for receipt of application materials

March 16, 2012


March 23, 2012

Artist Notification

May 2,3,4, 2012

Installation Dates

May 3, 2012

Sculpture Walk Reception

July 14, 2012

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 a guest curator.

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.


The City of Kingsport and the Public Art Committee accept no responsibility for the costs incurred by the artist in responding to this Call to Artists.

The artist is responsible for transportation to and from Kingsport.

Application Guidelines

Proposals must include the following:

1. Completed application (included at the end of this RFP)

2. Current resume

3. Artist statement

4. At least one and up to three photos of the submitted piece.

5. Compile these requirements into an Adobe PDF or a Microsoft Word document and e-mail to