Request for Proposals: Underground Art Installation at the Emporium Center

Underground12sIn what could be a project with great potential, this item came from the Arts and Culture Alliance.

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 site of the installation is on the lower level of The Emporium Center, behind the glass doors and windows on the west side—in other words, underneath the Gay Street sidewalk, an area that may eventually be open to the public in the future. 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.

For more information and links to the application process, see the Arts and Culture Alliance website page, or contact Liza Zenni at 865-523-7543 or