Artists & Evaluations

The submissions will be evaluated by a jury committee including representatives from Public Art Chattanooga Commission, CDOT, River City Company, EPB, downtown resident(s) and other stakeholders.

The program is available to anyone whose primary residence is in the 16 county Thrive Regional Partnership designation.

  • July 9, 2018

    Artist call begins

  • September 16, 2018

    Artist call ends; all submissions due online this day.

  • September 28, 2018

    Artist winners announced

  • October 12, 2018

    Art files on the given template are due by 3pm, EST.

  • October 15-November 30, 2018

    Printing/installment process

  • December 4, 2018

    Unveiling party

The selection committees will evaluate the submissions by:
  • Quality and style of design
  • Past experience in art, design and completion of commercial art pieces
  • Ability of concept to tell a story
  • Context: architectural, historical, geographical, cultural
  • Diversity: artworks from artists of diverse cultural, geographic, racial, sexual identities; of varied scale and media; exploratory and well established forms
  • Ability of artist to meet the project schedule
  • Ability of artist to translate work to provided template if selected
  • Enhance community identity and place: Is the image meaningful to the city?
  • Contribute to community vitality: Does the image draw the community in whether on bikes, foot or cars?
  • Appropriateness for the setting: Is the image suitable for a public audience?
  • Does the image complement the urban realm?
  • Site specific: while not a requirement and doing so will not increase an artist’s chance of selection, site specific designs are welcome.
  • Originality: edition of one or part of a limited edition
  • Selected artists will receive a design fee of $1,000 per selected proposal.
  • Applicants must fill out the application form at the bottom of this page. The files listed below will need to be uploaded and shared using the Dropbox link field on the form.
  • Current Résumé for artist(s) two page max, PDF file only
  • List of professional references - Please include name, address, phone number, and e-mail address for each individual.At least three, one page max, PDF file Only
  • Three relevant examples of previous work including a brief description of each project with a title, date, medium, dimensions, your role on project and at least one photo of the work. three-page limit including photos, PDF file only
  • ArtSpark Design Proposal - Drawings as required to understand your design intent.JPG File only, 72dpi resolution: 24”(w) x 36”(h) – Portrait Orientation
  • A Project Narrative that clearly states the concept of your proposed work, if and where your design is intended to go (i.e. is it site specific), the number of utility boxes you are proposing to cover and how your proposed design meets the evaluation criteria and program goals set forth.One page max, PDF file only, No more than 250 words