Call for Artists / Submit your Kingsport-themed mural design

Call for Artists

Submit your Kingsport-themed mural design


KINGSPORT, TN – Love to paint? The City of Kingsport is creating an outdoor mural gallery as part of a Creative Placemaking alleyway to highlight local artists’ work.

These murals will represent the best of Kingsport. Artists should create a color sketch of their proposed design that shows something great about the Model City. Text is allowed in the design, so long as it’s relevant. Please include proposed proportions.

Your mural design can be between 4’x4’ to 10’x10’ and will be painted on a brick wall. Winning designs will receive $150, and paint will be provided to the artists to complete their murals. Proposed designs will be juried by the Public Art Committee based on their quality and reference to Kingsport. Murals will be completed between April 1 and May 1.

Mail or hand deliver entries by March 9 to:
Office of Cultural Arts
Attn: Creative Alleyway Project
Renaissance Center
1200 E. Center Street, Ste. 224
Kingsport, TN 37660

Be sure to include contact information—your name, phone number and email. Late entries will not be accepted. All submitted materials will become property of the city of Kingsport and will not be returned.

If artists have any questions, please call 423-392-8414. For more information about the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts, please visit


About the City of Kingsport

Founded in 1917, the City of Kingsport (pop. 53,000) is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the eastern U.S.  The city is widely known as a planned community, designed by renowned city planner John Nolen and wrapping around the foot of Bays Mountain – a 3,500 acre park, nature preserve, planetarium and observatory.  Kingsport is recognized as an International Safe Community by the National Safety Council, a Healthier Tennessee community, and won the 2009 Harvard Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiatives.  While many city names are duplicated throughout the U.S., there’s only one Kingsport – a fact that invokes community pride, known locally as the “Kingsport Spirit.”