VIA The Public Art Committee of Johnson City, TN: The Public Art Committee of Johnson City, TN is seeking qualifications from artists or art teams for the commission of a mural at the I-26 overpass at North Roan Street in Johnson City. The mural design will address the theme Body and Earth in Motion, Wellness and Peace Within and will depict people engaging in physical activities in outdoor settings found throughout the city.
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 5, 2021 BY 4:30 PM EST
ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to all professional artists over the age of 18. Applicants must reside within the United States.
BUDGET: Up to three finalists will be selected to develop design concepts for this project. The total project budget for the selected commission is $60,000. Each finalist will be paid a $500 stipend for his/her design. The selected artist will be paid $58,500 for the commissioned work. The three finalists will be required to present their designs to the Selection Committee via Zoom. 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.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The theme for the mural project is Body and Earth in Motion, Wellness and Peace Within. The Mural Selection Committee will select three finalists to develop designs that showcase the many outdoor activities that people engage in within the area (hiking, camping, biking, canoeing, kayaking, running, sports, etc.). Many people are drawn to Johnson City because of its proximity to a wide array of outdoor recreation areas. Due in large part to the outdoor amenities available within the city, residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles while enhancing their connection to the natural environment.
MURAL SITE: The mural site is located on the four walls below the I-26 overpass that face North Roan Street. The site is surrounded by a dense commercial district and is highly visible to the large amount of vehicular traffic that travels to and from the many shopping areas, restaurants, hotels, and other businesses which lie on either side of the overpass. Each wall is approximately 73 feet wide x 10 to 18 feet high, and the total square footage for all four walls is approximately 4,000. The artist will also be responsible for painting the side walls a solid color which complements the color palette used in the mural design. There are eight side walls totaling approximately 5,400 square feet. Photos of the site are available in the attached RFQ.
INSTALLATION DATE: Installation will take place by June 30, 2021.