Bessie Smith & Blue Goose Hollow Artistic Marker

Submittal Deadline: Friday, August 28, 2020, by 4:00 p.m., EST
Proposal Honorarium: $1,000
Artistic Marker Budget: $42,000

PLEASE NOTE: The following opportunity is funded through our partner organizations, and not through Public Art Chattanooga / The City of Chattanooga:

The Bessie Tribute Public Art Committee seeks qualifications from Black artists to design, fabricate and install a sculptural marker and tribute to Bessie Smith at the Blue Goose Hollow trailhead in Chattanooga, TN. The Committee would like to recognize and celebrate Black history in Chattanooga by highlighting American Blues Singer and famed Chattanoogan, Bessie Smith. The committee also seeks to commemorate Bessie's life in historic Blue Goose Hollow, a neighborhood once home to over 1,400 people and erased with the demolition of over 1,100 buildings during urban renewal. While the marker should provide and interpret historically accurate details it should also reflect the spirit and character of Black Chattanooga and Bessie herself. Please click HERE for more information.




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