City solicits applications for convention center public art

Friday, March 25, 2011 at 12:28pm
Staff reports

The Metro Nashville Arts Commission announced Friday it has opened a request for artist qualifications for the Music City Center’s public art elements. 

MAC has partnered with the Nashville Convention Center Authority to develop an overall site plan for public art within the new convention facility. The authority has committed $2 million to commission, purchase and install public art throughout the complex.

The site plan identifies more than 70 locations for public art within the convention center. Overall, eight works will be commissioned for original design and fabrication.

Artists have until May 6 to submit application, including examples of past work. A seven-member Citizen Selection Panel will review the applications and proposals. Semi-finalists will be chosen and then asked to design site-specific proposals for the Music City Center after consultation with the architectural and construction teams.

The panel, the Music City Center Public Art Committee and the Convention Center Authority will approve the final artist designs.

An additional $750,000 will be spent by the city’s Percent for Art program, administered by Metro Arts on public art projects adjacent to the Convention Center. Those projects are still in planning and will be announced through a later call for artists.

The site plan and RFQ are available at

Public input on the art was gathered during a community forum on Feb. 15. Citizen’s generated a variety of themes including Nashville’s historic and evolving music culture; the city’s history of innovation in social, medical and artistic ventures; and the region’s natural ecological beauty.

“We are so excited to work with the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and so many talented local artists,” said Debbie Frank, MCC project manager. “With 70 locations for public art, the Music City Center will be one more venue for art lovers to enjoy.” 

Jennifer Cole, MAC executive director, said the goal is to offer professional development opportunities and training that allows more artists to “make the move from studio to street.”

Metro Arts has also issued a request for qualifications for artists in relation to the 28th/31st Avenue connector project.

2 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 3/25/11 at 1:52

Will this be the project that finally comes up with something from a local artist?

By: Loner on 3/27/11 at 7:22

More expensive public art? Where does Nashville get all this spare cash? Other cities are teetering on insolvency...but, Music City has cash to burn. it's incredible!

In keeping with Nashville's Bible Belt theme, may I suggest a large bronze sculpture featuring a nude, middle-aged, male figure bending over, as if to pick up a dropped bar of soap...the piece would be mounted on a rotating turntable and the work's title would be plainly displayed...the title would be, "Intelligent Design?"

Any "amens" on that?