The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts is looking for regional and local artists to be featured in the new city hall main lobby. Art submissions will be entered into an artist database and future exhibits at the new city hall will draw from this database of submissions. Exhibits will be temporary, lasting one month to three months. If you would like to be considered for exhibiting your work, you may submit via email or mail a packet to the Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts.
When submitting your work, please include the following information, along with 5-9 photos of your work and a copy of your artist statement.
Subject line of your email: “City Hall + [Your last name]”
Please include all of the following information in the body of your email:
Company Name (if applicable):
Type of Art (Art Medium):
How many pieces do you have available to exhibit?
Have you exhibited your artwork before? If so, where?
Please attach the following items to your email:
Your Artist Statement (If you have one.)
5-9 pictures of your work (Please make sure your images are a small enough file size to send through email if choosing this option. Do not exceed 12MB per email)
If mailing, please include all application info, a copy of your artist statement and 5-9 pictures of your work. Mail your submission packet to the address below:
City of Kingsport, Office of Cultural Arts
1200 East Center Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
For more information about submitting art for the new city hall gallery, please email KingsportArtEntry@gmail.com or call 423-392-8414.
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Requesting qualifications for professional regional artists to paint murals on overpasses along the Kingsport Greenbelt
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
The City of Kingsport, under the direction of the Office of Cultural Arts, with advisement from both the Public Art Committee and the Greenbelt Committee, is requesting qualifications for professional regional artists to paint murals on overpasses along the Kingsport Greenbelt. At this time, the project consists of two murals, which may grow to more. The suggested theme for the murals are vintage Kingsport, or nature you would find along the greenbelt. Text should only be used if significant to the design of the mural.
The Kingsport Greenbelt is a part of the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Kingsport. The city is looking to make the Greenbelt more beautiful and inviting by adding artwork to overpasses along the path. There are different layouts to the overpasses. The two that are up for current artists’ consideration are the Eastman Road overpass, and the Clinchfield Street overpass. Artists may submit entrees for one or both overpass murals, but must indicate which street they are applying for. Artists are encouraged to research the overpasses included in this project.
RFQ Greenbelt Mural < Click here for more information on how to submit your application, along with photos of the mural locations.
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The Kingsport Carousel is a totally renovated 1956 Allen Herschell Carousel located inside the temperature controlled “Pal’s Roundhouse” at 350 Clinchfield Street Kingsport, TN (at the corner of E. Center Street & Clinchfield Street in Downtown Kingsport). We are currently closed, but hope to reopen soon. For updates to Carousel Schedule, please call 423-343-9834.
Sculpture Walk XII (12)
comes to downtown Kingsport for 1 year!
The 12th annual Sculpture Walk is here! Five new sculptures and one remaining favorite are now part of the Kingsport Sculpture Walk, curated by Catherine Murray of East Tennessee State University. Sculpture Walk XII is in the downtown area, and several of the new art can be seen on Broad Street.
A convenient place to begin the walk is near Citizen’s Bank on Main Street.
“It is so exciting to be a part of this annual project that was started by my predecessor, Bonnie Macdonald, twelve years ago,” says Hannah Powell, Cultural Arts Program Coordinator. “We have a lot of talent on exhibit in these sculptures, not only from our region, but also from multiple states on the East coast. Our department’s mission is to not only showcase the arts and culture of Kingsport, but also to expose the Kingsport community to art and culture from all over the nation. The Sculpture Walk is a perfect example of that.”
Sculpture Walk XII will be on display through October 2020. The opening reception will feature Catherine Murray speaking about the sculpture, and refreshments, sponsored by Engage Kingsport, will be served at Impressions Fine Art Gallery—246 Broad Street, Kingsport, on October 10th, 2019 at 5:30pm.
“Pigeons” by Colleen Rudolf
“SECO” by Steve Bickley
“Lean on Me” by Mike Roig
“Lost and Found” by Patti Lawrence
“Popsicles” by CR Gray
“Divine Wind” by Jim Gallucci
“Pigeons,” a concrete and bronze sculpture, is brought to Kingsport by artist Colleen Rudolf. Rudolf, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a Professor of Sculpture at Rowan College at Burlington County, Mt. Holly, New Jersey, and has a MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. “Pigeons” is located at the intersection of Main Street and Broad Street.
Opposite Rudolf’s sculpture, you can find Steve Bickley’s steel sculpture “SECO.” Bickley joins us from Blacksburg, Virginia. He is a professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, and has shown his work in over 180 exhibitions. He received his degrees from the School of Art at East Carolina University and the University of Georgia.
Mike Roig’s new sculpture “Lean on Me” is unlike his previously seen works. Fans will notice that instead of a rotating piece, Roig added color to this new installment. This adds motion through the grace and curves of the art, yet clearly defining title “Lean on Me.” Roig lives and works in Carboro, North Carolina, and earned his BA from the University of Maryland. Kingsport’s permanent public art collection features Roig’s “Yo-Yo’s Muse” and “The Answer My Friend.”
Patti Lawrence’s steel sculpture “Lost and Found,” at the corner of Sullivan and Main Streets, is an assemblage created from the demolition site of the old Woolworths building on Broad Street. Lawrence is a local Kingsport artist. Her permanent art can be found at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education. You can also find her art at the Impressions Fine Art Gallery on Broad Street.
CR Gray’s “Popsicles” will be featured at the Kingsport Farmers Market. A native of Key West, Florida, Gray has shown “Popsicles” in various public art exhibits, and it is now coming to Kingsport from North Carolina. His sculpture will add a pop of color to the Farmers Market, and will be a great photo opportunity for those visiting the market or carousel.
Jim Gallucci’s “Divine Wind” will continue to welcome onlookers coming from the west side of downtown at the Netherland Inn roundabout. This archway shows the repetition of the roundabout as onlookers pass through the curves of the roundabout. Gallucci has been a sculptor for more than 35 years and currently works full time sculpting in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Downtown Kingsport Welcomes New Mural ‘Silent Skies’
A new flock of birds has landed in Kingsport—painted birds, that is. The installation of the “Silent Skies Mural Project,” which features portraits of all 678 birds on the endangered species list, began in downtown Kingsport, Tuesday, February 5.
This 24-foot by 50-foot vinyl-printed mural will hang at the corner of Market and Broad Streets, where the “Humanae” mural once hung. The “Silent Skies Mural Project” is a representation of an installation that opened in Vancouver, Canada, last August. That installation featured the original 678 portraits on 8-inch by 8-inch canvases, arranged in a 100-foot mural. Artists for Conversation, a Canada-based non-profit that promotes conservation through wildlife art, launched the collaborative project with an international call for artists.
Kingsport’s own Suzanne Barrett Justis is a Signature Member of Artists for Conversation, and “Silent Skies” features six of her portraits. The windows of her gallery, Suzanne Barrett Justis Fine Art, look out directly onto the wall where the mural will hang. Tuesday morning, she was out on the street excitedly taking pictures of the mural installation, which was done by end-of-day.
“It’s exciting for me as an artist,” Justis said, “but I hope it’s exciting for Kingsport to say, ‘Hey, we have this mural, and one of our own is on it.’”
The idea of printing the mural on vinyl was Justis’ idea. A longtime wildlife and conservation artist who originally studied animal science, Justis believed it was important to bring this mural to as many places and people as possible. While the original installation has hung in Vancouver, Arizona, and is now set to travel to China, Justis is working hard to bring vinyl versions to cities and zoos across the country. The Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts worked with Justis to make Kingsport the very first place to host the vinyl installation.
“This mural is bringing awareness to the 678 endangered species of birds,” Justis said. “It’s also letting international artists shine, and it has a call to action to learn more about each species.”
The mural invites people to visit http://www.artistsforconservation.org/ where they can view each bird portrait online. Prints of each portrait are available for purchase, and the proceeds will benefit conservation education among youth, as well as bird conservation.
SLEEPING BEAUTY AUDITIONS this Saturday, January 19th!! Dancers from the region who are interested in auditioning are welcome. Audition is free of charge. Ages 12-13 @ 12:45-1:30pm and Ages 14 and up @ 1:30-3. Min. 2 yrs on pointe. The ballet will take place April 11-14 at Eastman’s Toy F. Reid. Join us! 423-378-3967 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Here’s your chance to meet Sculpture Walk Artist, Charlie Brouwer!
Have you seen his wood sculptures around Kingsport?? Or maybe you saw the Kingsport Ladder Project?
Artist Talk begins at 10 am on Saturday, Oct. 13th entitled “Playing Outside: One artist’s journey into the world of public art.” Thank you to the Friends of the Library for allowing this to take place at the Kingsport Public Library.
For 25 years Charlie Brouwer was an “indoor artist.” Over the past 15 years outdoor sculptures and public art have become a major part of his practice. His talk will be about why and how this happened.
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Sculpture Walk XI takes on a new form with sculpture talks and hands on sculpture workshops. Rolling out as a series, the sculptures for Sculpture Walk XI will be installed separately over several months. The first of which will be installed on September 28, followed by a sculpture talk and workshop.
The artist for the first two sculptures of the walk is Mike Roig. Mike’s pieces are often kinetic – moving effortlessly with the wind, providing great interest. They are expertly wrought in stainless, industrial steel and other durable materials. Mike will install two pieces on Friday, September 28. ‘Moondance’ will be installed in the Ridgefields Circle and ‘Aerial’ will be installed in Downtown Kingsport. Mike lives and works in Carrboro, NC where he and his wife, author-artist Clay Carmichael, maintain the Heartworks Studio.
On Friday, September 28 the Office of Cultural Arts invites the public to a reception and talk with artist Mike Roig. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the talk will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Kingsport Public Library – after 5:30, please enter from the Shelby Street parking lot.
For more information, please or call 423-392-8414. For more information on Mike Roig, visit www.mikeroig.com.
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Artist, Arts Organizations, Creatives are Encouraged to Attend Keynote Speech
Presented by Tom Borrup
On Thursday, September 27, 2018
The TN Planners Association Conference is at Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport, TN
8:00am/ Keynote Speech by Tom Borrup located in the Cattails Ballroom
9:30am – 11:00am/ Special Follow-up session especially for Artists, Arts/Cultural Organizations located in the Appalachian Board Room
*Both events are FREE but registration is recommended*
Tom Borrup, Ph.D is the founder of Creative Community Builders. He consults with cities, foundations, and nonprofits integrating arts, economic development, urban planning and design, civic engagement, and animation of public space. His 2006 book The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook, remains the leading text in the field. As Executive Director of Minneapolis’ Intermedia Arts 1980-2002, Tom helped transform a diverse urban neighborhood while building a nationally recognized multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization. Tom serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s Master in Arts and Cultural Leadership. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Do towns and cities have personalities? If so, how do we describe them? Can our cities and towns – through their planning and design – be places that reflect the rich diversity of people who live in them? Is this even possible? If broken and dysfunctional, can the personalities of our communities be repaired? Who can do that? And, how do the personalities of planners, architects, developers and designers impact the landscapes of our towns and cities?
One of the most fertile partnerships in the reinvigoration of cities and towns over the past two or three decades has been between cities and their arts and cultural sectors. Can partnerships that leverage creativity, cultural amenities, and walkable community design bring more cultural and economic inclusiveness? Can these partnerships contribute to healthy personalities of places?
These are weighty questions for planners and city leaders to ponder. Tom Borrup, in his keynote presentation, will examine these phenomena and identify some of the ways that culture and creativity – and the people and institutions in that sector – have moved communities towards greater inclusiveness and healthier personalities. Based on Winston Churchill’s assertion that: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” , Borrup uses a multitude of images collected from cities around the world, scholarly writing, and decades of his experience in animating communities with the help of artists.