RFP & Public Art

Request for Qualifications: Buffalo Street Mural Project in Johnson City, TN

Entry Dates 3/24/23, 4:00 PM - 2/25/23, 12:00 AM 6 Days Left
Entry Fee? No
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Tennessee United States


The Public Art Committee of Johnson City, TN is seeking qualifications from artists or art teams for the commission of a mural to be located at 116 Buffalo Street in downtown Johnson City.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 24, 2023 by 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all professional artists over the age of 18. Applicants must reside within the United States.

BUDGET: Up to three finalists will be selected to develop design concepts for this project. The total project budget for the selected commission is $18,000. Finalists will be paid a $500 honorarium for their designs. The selected artist(s) will be paid $16,500 for the commissioned work.

The three finalists will be required to present their proposals to the Selection Committee via Zoom. The selected artist(s) will be responsible for own travel costs, materials, housing, and personal liability insurance when installing the mural. The selected artist(s) will also be responsible for applying an appropriate primer, UV sealant, and anti-graffiti coating to the walls/mural surface.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: There are three themes provided for artistic inspiration when developing the mural design: progress, encouragement, and welcoming.

The mural site is located in the heart of downtown Johnson City. This historic district continues to undergo revitalization and has experienced tremendous progress since the onset of this movement. Johnson City and the greater region are at a crossroads. We are reflective of our past, evaluating our present, and strategizing for the future. Johnson City is experiencing a renaissance of infrastructure and population growth. The Johnson City Public Art Committee desires this mural to continue to encourage locals and visitors to experience the downtown district and welcome those who are now calling Johnson City their home. View the complete project description at the link provided.

INSTALLATION DATE: Installation of the mural will be scheduled in consultation with the selected artist. The preferred installation period is summer or fall of 2023.