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Art Exhibition Opportunities

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Entry deadline: November 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. MT
Selection made:  December 14, 2015
Delivery and Installation Date:  February 22, 2016 through March 13, 2016
Length of Exhibition: March 14, 2016 – January 22, 2017
Eligibility: All U.S. Citizens ages 18+
Honorarium: $2,000 per skylight
Number of Applications Allowed: 2
Images: Minimum 6, Maximum 10
Video: Minimum 0, Maximum 2
Total Media: Minimum 6, Maximum 12
The Bonnaroo Works Fund in partnership with Arts at the Airport, are seeking proposals for 5 artistic Bonnaroo-themed displays at the Nashville International Airport in Nashville, Tennessee. The display, which will be suspended from the ceiling from March 14, 2016 – January 22, 2017, encompasses 5 skylights located in the airport concourses on the secure side of the terminal. Each selected artist will receive an honorarium of $2,000. The ideal project will be of highest artistic quality (any media) and communicate the Bonnaroo brand to new and familiar audiences through incorporation of the following project elements:

Creative incorporation of iconic Bonnaroo festival elements.  Other examples of iconic elements include the Bonnaroo Arch, Fountain, Fire Tower with Cuckoo Clock, fan atmosphere and the Bonnaroo infinity symbol.  


Please note the full Bonnaroo brand logo may not be included.


Display of 2015 location (Manchester, Tennessee)


Bonnaroovian Code: Prepare Thy Self, Play as a Team, Radiate Positivity, Respect The Farm, Don’t be that Guy/Gal, and Stay True Roo (see website for more info

About the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival®
Imagine a magical, peaceful city of 80,000 happy people that pops up out of a 700-acre Tennessee farm for a long weekend every June. Fill it with multiple stages jumping with 150+ acts playing music almost 24 hours a day for four straight days; including some of the greatest music legends there are and strong up-and-comers. In addition to music, Bonnaroo boasts a robust Comedy Theatre and The Cinema Tent with 24 hours a day of films that also features live appearances by very special guest filmmakers, actors, and more. There are visual arts, the Silent Disco, The Silent Auction, Planet Roo, the Fountain, the Arch and more. This is all just one part of what makes Bonnaroo, Bonnaroo.
The other part—the most important part—is the unique “Bonnaroo vibe.” Bonnaroovians form a true community, filled with discovery, generosity, spontaneity, social consciousness and genuine kindness. It changes people in a way that changes the world. Ziggy Marley put it best, “Bonnaroo is not an entertainment thing,” he said. “It’s a people thing.”
About the Bonnaroo Works Fund
The Bonnaroo Works Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, supports regional and national organizations with a mission of making communities healthy in areas of the arts, education, and environmental sustainability; with the goal of local reinvestment and asset building for the communities in which we live, work and play. BWF is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Project Description
Each artist will be applying to create a site-specific sculpture/kinetic mobile for one skylight that will be located on three different concourses throughout the Nashville International Airport. There are 5 skylights, 1 on Concourse A, 1 on B and 3 on C. Each application will be for one skylight. Artists will be assigned to a specific skylight after being selected to exhibit in the competition. The skylights have glass panels and are open to the exposed sky, UV protective glass is not installed and exposure to extreme sunlight is possible. There is a weight limit of 300 lbs. per sculpture, per skylight. See Exhibit A for specific dimensions of each of the skylights and locations of anchoring devices within the skylights. Toggle bolts secured in drywall can be added for additional anchoring materials.
Selection Criteria
All required application materials included in submission and received by submission deadline

Work selected on artistic merit as evidenced by submitted visual materials


Incorporation of project elements: Creative incorporation of iconic Bonnaroo festival elements. Other examples of iconic elements include the Bonnaroo Arch, Fountain, Fire Tower with Cuckoo Clock, fan atmosphere and the Bonnaroo infinity symbol. Please note the full Bonnaroo brand logo may not be included.


Display of 2015 location (Manchester, Tennessee)


Bonnaroovian Code: Prepare Thy Self, Play as a Team, Radiate Positivity, Respect The Farm, Don’t be that Guy/Gal, and Stay True Roo


Artist or organization has proven track record of completing work on time


Maintainability: exhibit must be structurally sound and durable, and require no maintenance after installed

Public safety accounted for in all aspects of proposal (public will be walking underneath the exhibit)

Selection Committee
The Selection Committee is comprised of members from the Bonnaroo Team, Arts at the Airport Board of Directors, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s Community Affairs division, Tennessee Arts Commission and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.
Each selected artist will receive 2 free tickets to Bonnaroo 2016. Artists or organizations will be recognized on the Bonnaroo website (, social media, and in an email promoting the installation. Artist and installation will also be promoted through the Arts at the Airport social media channels and the Nashville International Airport website (
November 1, 2015 Application Deadline​
December 14, 2015 ​Selected Artist or Company Notified
February 22 – March 13, 2016 ​Delivery and Installation
March 14, 2016  ​Exhibit Opens
January 22, 2017 De-installation of Exhibit
Application Guidelines
Completed proposal submissions must include:

1. Résumé of the artist or organization, not to exceed 2 pages.


2. One or two paragraph biography on artist or organization.


3. Photo or video examples of previous work (minimum 2, maximum 4)


4. Visual representation of what the proposed skylight exhibit would look like:  A minimum of 4 images is required, maximum of 6 (photo, CAD, drawings, etc.). Video or other media may also be included, (minimum 0, maximum 2).


5. Written site-specific proposal description (maximum 3 pages)

5a. A brief statement about project – must describe how project elements would be incorporated and how the piece is connected to Bonnaroo.
5b. Must include dimensions of each piece, weight (not to exceded 300 lbs. per sculpture and installation method. Media used must include explanation of exhibit resistance to UV light (treatment to fabrics, etc.). The skylights do NOT have protection from UV rays. Neither the Bonnaroo Works Fund nor Arts at the Airport will be responsible for UV or other damage to the exhibit.

5c. Project may NOT include elements requiring electricity or maintenance after installation.


6. Applications must be submitted electronically via Hard copies of submissions will not be accepted. Selection of artists will be done by juried selection through (CaFÉ). No artist interviews or presentations will be allowed beyond the materials submitted through

7. Each artist or organization may submit no more than two applications.
8. Artists who have previously been selected must wait one year to be eligible to apply again.

Registering for Call for Entry is FREE. Once you have registered, the direct link to this call and your application portal is here.


Download diagrams of skylights at Nashville International Airport.


For Further Research and Information

Applicants can find more information about Nashville International Airport’s facilities and culture by visiting For information about the Arts at the Airport program, visit: For questions specific to The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival®, see the Bonnaroo website:, or contact  For information on Bonnaroo Works Fund visit Please review all the RFP guidelines carefully. Applicants who have a question after reviewing these instructions may contact the Arts at the Airport Curator at (615) 275-1614.

The Call for Artists for the Arts at the Airport Flying Solo Exhibition Series is now CLOSED for submissions. It will open again from February to March of 2016.
All proposals must be submitted through (CaFÉ). There is no fee to submit your proposal. All bio information, sketches, digital images of work, etc., must be submitted through the CaFÉ website. Arts at the Airport will not accept any physical packages or digital files sent directly to our office or staff. 
Tutorial for the Application Process
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Exhibit Sites: Map with Dimensions
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Exhibit Site Photos
Ticketing Lobby - North
Ticketing Lobby - South
​Ticketing Lobby – North Side (pre-security)
​ ​Ticketing Lobby – South Side (pre-security)
A/B Meeter-Greeter Area
C Meeter-Greeter Area
​​A/B Meeter-Greeter Area (pre-security) ​C Meeter/Greeter Area (pre-security)
Across from Gate C-11
Across from Gates C-13 and C-15
​Concourse C - these three walls equal ONE exhibit space. Located across from Gates C-11, C-13 and C-15.
Concourse A spaces
Concourse A - these three cases equal ONE exhibit space. Located across from Gate A-3
If you have any questions after reviewing the tutorial and links above, you may contact the Arts at the Airport curator at (615) 275-1614 or by email at
For news and additional art opportunities from Arts at the Airport, please:
Flying Solo Exhibition Series Timeline
February 1, 2015
​Call for Artists announced
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 ​Midnight (12 a.m.) Mountain Standard Time (1 a.m. Central Standard Time)
Deadline to respond to Call for Proposals
​Mid-May 2015 ​Selected artists notified
​September 2015 ​Fall exhibits installed
​December 2015 ​Winter exhibits installed
​March 2016 ​Spring exhibits installed
​June 2016 ​Summer exhibits installed