Cordova Library / Sculpture Project


Request For Qualifications


Release Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Total Budget: $100,000 (includes honoraria for three finalists to develop site-specific proposals at $1,500 each)

Deadline: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Eligibility: Any artist currently residing within the tri-state area of Tennessee, Arkansas & Mississippi. Artists are invited to apply as a team if desirable.


The UrbanArt Commission (UAC)  in partnership with the City of Memphis, will commission a new sculpture project for the exterior of the Cordova Library that encapsulates the vision of Memphis Public Library and Information Center (MPLIC) as a timeless vessel for literacy, early childhood development, educational achievement, workforce development, and the individual growth of Memphians.

Scope of Work

The selection committee expresses interest in a sculpture project that is attention-grabbing, reminds people of the importance of the library and ignites interest in Cordova Library’s various programs, resources and services with work that:

  • Creates an inviting atmosphere for library visitors
  • Draws attention to entrance of the library
  • Appeals to all ages/users of the library
  • References nature
  • Inspires imagination
  • Connects the services of MPLIC to support the lives of the Memphis citizens
  • Speaks to the values of MPLIC which are welcoming, helpful, fresh, fun, and transformative

The commissioned artist/s will be selected based on the strength of their qualifications submitted, ability to adhere to deadlines, and work within the stated budget. Applicants are expected to have or collaborate/subcontract with appropriate vendors to meet the necessary technical capabilities to design and install such projects, including providing maintenance instructions. The finished project must require little to no regular maintenance. Final artwork should complement the characteristics and neighborhood identity of the site. The artist/s selected shall be expected to collaborate closely with site engineers, landscape architects, and any necessary party for the successful installation of the project, including the community. NOTE: Commissioned artists are permitted to work with outside contractors to fabricate the actual work of art.

UAC and the City of Memphis are committed to equity and inclusion in our work. People of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, differently-abled and neurodiverse persons, indigenous peoples, youth, seniors, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Artists who have not received a public art commission previously are encouraged to consider the opportunity and to reach out to the UAC team in advance of submitting.

For more information, please click HERE.


Nashville International Airport / Hanging Sculpture Project


Request For Qualifications


Total Budget: $600,000

Deadline: Monday, May 6, 2019

Eligibility: Any artist currently residing within the United States.


Concourse D is a new wing of the Nashville International Airport currently under construction. The six gate Concourse will be home to many local eateries and retail establishments. Hensel Phelps | Fentress, a progressive design-build team, were selected by MNAA to lead the Concourse D project. The Concourse D project is expected to be complete in Summer/Fall 2020 and is part of a larger expansion project known as the BNA Vision.

Scope of Work

This is an opportunity for one artist/team to create a large scale, signature artwork that will be visually complementary and suspended from the ceiling of Concourse D in the Food Court area. The art work will be accessible to ticket customers, BNA employees and vendor employees. The art zone measures 17’-11” wide, 87’ long and begins at 15’- 0” above the finished floor creating an overall depth of 17’-1” for the art piece.

Images and information about the project can be found here.


The primary goals of the project:

• Create a visually stimulating design that will be impactful, iconic and memorable for passengers and employees of BNA.
• Express inspiration from regional features such as Nashville, Middle Tennessee, BNA, and Aviation through form and materials.
• Design artwork that will create a sense of place for the visitor.
• Design specifically for the airport environment and in consideration of specific architectural factors and the general character of BNA.
• Enhance the existing Arts at the Airport public art collection.


The Arts at the Airport Selection Committee, consisting of Arts at the Airport Board of Directors, staff, a MNAA design representative and professional artists from the community, will evaluate the artists/team’s qualifications, statement of interest and
artist/teams past work with the goal of selecting three to five finalists. Specific proposals are not requested and will not be reviewed at this time.

For more information, please click HERE.


Artwork Selection Panels

Every project has a different artwork selection panel comprised of Chattanooga citizens with a specific interest or expertise including: artists, community and business representatives, architects, landscape architects, art and/or design professionals, and City of Chattanooga representatives. This panel reviews submissions for a public art project and makes recommendations to the Public Art Commission.

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