Sculpture Walk returns to Kingsport for its 12th year

Matthew Lane • Aug 3, 2019 at 6:30 PM

KINGSPORT — The Model City is looking for some new public art.

The city’s Public Art Committee is now accepting sculpture applications for its 12th annual Sculpture Walk in downtown Kingsport. The exhibition is a private-public partnership, where sponsors provide stipends to artists for the loan of their pieces for an exhibition.

The sculptures will be on display from October 2019 through October 2020.

Works can be in any medium, must be suitable for outdoors, and may be functional or non-functional. The Sculpture Walk will be curated by Catherine Murray, sculpture artist and professor emeritus at ETSU.

The curator will use the following criteria in the selection process: suitable for an outdoor setting and safe to the public, the pieces should represent diverse materials and perspectives, and the pieces should have been created within the last five years.


— Works: Functional and non-functional, temporary and permanent work in any medium suitable for outdoor public space. Works may be available for purchase and up to eight will be selected for this exhibition.

— Eligibility: Open to all professional artists over the age of 18.

— Stipend: Each artist selected for the exhibition will receive a $1,000 stipend per artist, per piece. Selected artists are responsible for transportation to and from the site, and are encouraged to be on site to oversee installation. Most installation costs regarding site prep will not be the responsibility of the artist.

— Purchases: Art may be open to public purchase.

— Deadline: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. (EST) on Sept. 1. No late applications will be accepted.

For more information or to access the application, visit www.engagekingsport.com. Applications can be sent to Kingsport.publicart@gmail.com.