Yes! For fairness to all artists and adhering to City purchasing policy, Public Art Chattanooga (the City's public art department) implements an open, competitive process for all city-driven projects. A selection panel comprised of stakeholders, citizens, City staff, and arts professionals is assembled for each project. These volunteer panelists review from 50 to 200 qualification packets submitted from local and national artists for each project. Packets typically include a resume/CV, letter of interest, 10 images of past work, and background materials.
We strive to support local artists and vendors whenever possible. We feel a strong commitment to support our City’s artists but we also have a responsibility to see that the strongest work is presented in and around our public spaces, regardless of where that work may come from. Local, Chattanooga artists have been commissioned for 47% of the 184 artworks in our collection. Local artists are included on the Public Art Commission as well as our selection panels for individual projects. We also source local artists and vendors to provide installation, conservation, and repair services.
Artists working in the public realm have to know how to develop architectural plans, work with fabricators, architects, and engineers, manage contracts, and handle a variety of unusual installation issues related to construction projects. With this in mind, working with experienced artists in the same way that you would want an experienced architect to design and build your house reflects responsible decision making.
To increase the professional skills of our local artists, Public Art Chattanooga strongly encourages local artists to compete for national projects.