COMING SOON! City Artist (Artist-in-Residence Program)

City Artist Fee: $24,999 (one year with option to renew contract for up to one year)
Community Engagement Project Funding: up to $25,000 (upon project approval)
Placemaking Project Funding: TBD based on project proposal

Public Art Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Department of Transportation seek artists’ qualifications to join City staff and City partners as the inaugural City Artist, an artist-in-residence embedded within the City of Chattanooga to incorporate artistic vision and the creative process in the early planning stages of City projects and systems. In it’s pilot year, the City Artist position is a one-year contract position with the option to renew for up to one additional year. The City Artist will work 20 hours per week within the Chattanooga Department of Transportation (CDOT), in studio, and in the field engaging the community with a specific geographic focus on the Southside Gardens area of Chattanooga.

This opportunity is open to artists residing in the U.S. Chattanooga local and regional artists are strongly encouraged to apply, though there is no preference given based on location.

--We will post the link to the RFP as soon as the call is open.--



Last year the city’s Public Art Division, Chattanooga Convention & Visitor's Bureau (CVB), Humanaut, and ArtsBuild worked together on a simple branding campaign called ARTBURST to generate more visibility around the art, color and vibrancy of visual arts happenings in and around Chattanooga during the month of April. We had a great list of colorful events to promote and, just as we suspected, the vibrancy of the visual arts in Chattanooga has an impact on our local economy. The CVB showed a significant increase in traffic on their website connected to arts-related content and events as well as an increase in hotel stays during the month of April.

Our goal is to keep ARTBURST growing in scope and visibility, so be thinking about your upcoming events and ideas that you can add to ARTBURST 2019!


    • Plan something colorful in April OR let us know what you already have planned. It is not the intention to create more work or new events just for this campaign, unless you are inspired to!
    • While the ARTBURST campaign will focus primarily on visual art, performing arts or other groups are welcome to participate. We just ask that there be an added, or especially unique, visual or colorful component to the event.
    • Submit calendar content via this “Submit an Event” link for all the April events you want to include. Be sure to select the ARTBURST event category when submitting the event. If you have already submitted April events to the CVB (chattanoogafun.com) calendar, please send a note to Mary Howard Ade (contact info below) so she can go back in and tag it for you.
    • ARTBURST events will be listed on the CVB website calendar and tagged so they can be filtered. Please submit as many event details and supporting materials as you can by March 15 for calendar and CVB marketing inclusion.


The landing page is artburstchatt.com. This page will be updated for 2019 and will provide a direct link to the full calendar listing.


Questions or assistance with submitting events to the ARTBURST/CVB calendar:

Mary Howard Ade: maryhowarda@chattanoogacvb.com;

Other questions:

Kathryn Wroth: kathryn@artsbuild.com

North Charleston National Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Deadline: February 25, 2019
Fee (USD): $35.00

Sculpture artists from across the nation are invited to participate in the 14th annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition. Up to 14 sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and compete for cash prizes totaling up to $19,750. Accepted artists will receive a $1,250 honorarium check to assist with transportation, installation, de-installation, and incidental expenses. Once all pieces are installed, the juror will award Best in Show ($1,000), Outstanding Merit ($500), and up to three Honorable Mentions ($250 each).

Visit NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com to view the currently installed exhibition, details on the 2018 Arts Fest, and updates on the 2019 festival schedule.

Apply 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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