Call for Artists: Johnson City, Tennessee, Public Mural Call

Call for Artists: Johnson City, Tennessee, Public Mural Call

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 on Commerce Street in downtown Johnson City.

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

Up to three finalists will be selected to develop design concepts for this project. The total project budget for the selected commission is $24,000. Each finalist will be paid a $500 honorarium for his/her design. The selected artist will be paid $22,500 for the commissioned work. The three finalists will be required to present their proposals to the Selection Committee and will be reimbursed for travel expenses (airfare, car rental, etc.). The selected artist will be responsible for own travel costs, materials, housing, and personal liability insurance when installing the mural. The selected artist will also be responsible for applying an appropriate primer, UV sealant, and anti-graffiti coating to the walls/mural surface. The City of Johnson City will pressure wash the walls and attend to any necessary repairs prior to the installation. DEADLINE: February 8, 2022 by 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) QUESTIONS: Cheyenne Kumbhare 423-975-2706

Johnson City, with an elevation of over 2,000 feet, is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is surrounded by farmland, undulating hills, lush valleys, and many lakes and rivers. Johnson City has an abundance of unspoiled natural beauty and four distinct seasons. The ninth-largest city in Tennessee, with a population of nearly 67,000, Johnson City was founded in 1856 as “Johnson’s Depot” and later became a major rail hub for the Southeast. In 1869, it was incorporated by the State of Tennessee as Johnson City, Tennessee. Johnson City is distinguished as a community that embraces art, the environment, commerce, science, community, and education. It is home to a broad based economy and to East Tennessee State University. The City houses a healthy blend of residents, ranging from college students and young families to those of retirement age. Many locate to the area due to its proximity to the mountains and its pleasant climate. Downtown Johnson City is in the midst of a revitalization period. In recent years, storm water mitigation efforts prompted the development of two new parks – Founders Park and King Commons – and a commitment to the local food movement spurred the installation of a large farmer’s market pavilion. Craft beer breweries have become increasingly popular as many have located in the downtown area. The City’s two remaining train depots were remodeled, and many other downtown buildings are undergoing restoration. Just a few blocks from downtown, a heavily wooded area known as Tannery Knobs has been transformed into a bike park with trails for people of all ages and skill levels. Public art has also contributed to the ongoing revitalization as artistic elements have been incorporated into many of the newly developed areas downtown.

DEADLINE: February 8, 2022 by 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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