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Request for Proposals: Underground Art Installation at the Emporium Center

emporiumThis spot at The Emporium Center needs a permanent work of art. Image courtesy of The Emporium.

The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville seeks proposals from artists or artist teams for a permanent work of art to be located on the west wall of the underground section of The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. The selected artist or team will receive $10,000 to complete the project, including design, materials, equipment rental, site preparation, and installation.

The deadline for applications to be received is 5:00 PM on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Click here to download the application (PDF), or view the information online.

The artwork will be visible to all visitors of The Emporium Center. The proposed site is located on the lower level of The Emporium Center, behind clear glass doors and windows. The underground sidewalk beneath Gay Street may eventually be open to the public as development of an underground corridor progresses following work on Jackson Avenue projected to be complete in 2018. The site includes the entire back wall that is visible from inside The Emporium Center; a raised step that runs along the entirety of the visible back wall; and two pillars that frame the back wall and are located a few feet in front of it. Total available space is 388 square feet.

The request for proposals is open to all artists. Artwork will be installed during the month of June with a public unveiling on Friday, July 1.

Download an application online, or send an SASE to Liza Zenni, Arts & Culture Alliance, PO Box 2506, Knoxville, TN 37901. For more information, please call 865-523-7543 or e-mail

Published March 13, 2016

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