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Call for Proposals: Public Art Committee of Johnson City, TN

Published January 8, 2015

The Public Art Committee of Johnson City, TN is pleased to announce a Call for Entries for the Founders Park Outdoors Sculpture Exhibition.

Johnson City is actively working to encourage the display of public art in our community. In 2014, the program’s inaugural year, 16 wonderful pieces of sculpture were sited through this leased sculpture program; 2 of these sculptures were purchased by private citizens and will be donated to the city for permanent display in public parks.

In keeping with the wonderful momentum of the past year in raising visibility for public art in our community, the Public Art Committee of Johnson City is again seeking pieces of leasable outdoor sculpture to be installed for 2 years in and around Founders Park, downtown Johnson City, TN.
The committee is seeking original art works that may be functional or nonfunctional, temporary or permanent, in any media suitable for an outdoor public space. Each artist will receive a $2,000.00 stipend (per piece for 2 years) as well as inclusion in a printed brochure, exposure on the city’s website and other related media.

Selection and Guest Curator:

The guest curator, Professor Emeritus Steve Bickley, will select the work for this exhibition. Professor Bickley taught sculpture and design for 34 years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He has 30+ years of professional experience as a fabricator and conservator of large-scale works. His works have been shown in over 100 regional and national exhibitions.
The work selected must be available for a period of 2 years, from installation in late May 2015 to removal in early May 2017.  Selected artists will be notified by the city as to specific installation dates and times.

Deadline for entry: midnight, February 27, 2015.

For complete details on the Call for Entries: Founders Park Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and application guidelines please go to
The Founders Park Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition has been funded entirely by generous donations given by private citizens and local businesses.

For more information, contact Catherine Murray, Professor, Sculpture, ETSU,