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Art Exhibition Opportunities


The Call for Artists for the Arts at the Airport 2019-2020 Flying Solo Exhibition Series is CLOSED for submissions. It will open again in February 2020.

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.

If you already have a CaFÉ account, you may link directlly to the call:

NOTE ABOUT ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is only open to Tennessee residents or artists who can demonstrate a strong connection to Tennessee either through prior residency or work.  
Artists can get started by creating a free account. 

SAMPLE Tutorial: the Application Process
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Exhibit Sites: Map with Dimensions
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Exhibit Site Photos
A/B Meeter-Greeter Area
C Meeter-Greeter Area
​​A/B Waiting Lounge (pre-security)​C Waiting Lounge (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 -

Located across from Gates A-2 and A-3, these three cases constitute ONE exhibit space. These cases traditionally host community-based art initiatives and art programs in local Universities.

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:
2019 Flying Solo Exhibition Series Timeline
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
​Call for Artists announced
Sunday, Mar. 31, 2019​Midnight (12 a.m.) Mountain Standard Time (1 a.m. Central Standard Time)
Deadline to respond to Call for Proposals
May 2019​Selected artists notified
March 2020
Spring exhibits installed
June 2020
​Summer exhibits installed
​September 2020Fall exhibits installed
December 2020​Winter exhibits installed


Nashville Airport Display RFP

Entry deadline: October 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. MT
Selection made: ​December 3, 2018
Delivery and Installation Date: March 1, 2019 through March 9, 2019
Length of Exhibition:
March 11, 2019 – January 19, 2020
All U.S. Citizens ages 18+
Honorarium: $4,500 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, is seeking proposals for four temporary public Bonnaroo-themed artworks at the Nashville International Airport in Nashville, Tenn. The displays, which will be suspended from the ceiling from March 11, 2019 – January 19, 2020, encompass four skylights located in the airport concourses on the secure side of the terminal. Each selected artist will receive an honorarium of $4,500 and two general admission tickets to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The ideal project will be of highest artistic quality (any media) and should be inspired by the principles of the Bonnaroovian Code. The public artwork could communicate the Bonnaroo brand to new and familiar audiences through incorporation of the following project elements:

  • Creative incorporation of iconic Bonnaroo festival elements. 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 2018 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 Bonnaroo Works Fund

The Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), 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 two different concourses throughout the Nashville International Airport. There are four skylights, one on Concourse B, and three on Concourse 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. Artist is responsible for selecting materials that can withstand exposure to sunlight, high temperatures and being suspended in the skylight for 11 months.  


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. 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 2018 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)

  • Must include Written Installation Plan with application proposal. This same plan must be updated and submitted to Arts at the Airport one month prior to installation. To include:

      • Weight of sculpture (estimate for proposal).
      • Verify material composition of sculpture.
      • Determine points of support required for sculpture to hang in skylight.
      • In final installation plan, one month prior to installation:
        • Verify weight of sculpture
        • Number of supports required to hang sculpture in skylight and where they connect to support beam in skylight.
        • How points of support were determined and how the tension capacity at each point were assessed.
        • Artist is required to suspend sculpture at their studio for a two week period to verify its performance. Photo documentation will be required of suspended sculpture.
        • If adjustments need to be made, they will need to be corrected in the artist's studio before installation at the Nashville Airport.

Selection Committee
The Selection Committee is composed of members from the Bonnaroo team, Arts at the Airport Board of Directors, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority's Community Affairs division, Tennessee Arts Commission and Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation.


Each selected artist will receive two free tickets to Bonnaroo 2019. 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 (

October 30, 2018 Application Deadline
December 3, 2018                    Selected Artist or Company Notified
March 1 – March 9, 2019
Delivery and Installation
March 11, 2019
Exhibit Opens
January 19, 2020 De-installation of Exhibit

Application Guidelines

Completed proposal submissions must include:

  1. Résumé of the artist or organization, not to exceed two pages
  2. One or two paragraph biography on artist or organization
  3. Photo or video examples of previous work (minimum 6, maximum 12)
  4. Visual representation of what the proposed skylight exhibit would look like: A minimum of 6 images is required, maximum of 10 (photo, CAD, drawings, etc.). Video or other media may also be included, (minimum 0, maximum 2).
  5. Written site-specific proposal description (maximum three pages)
    1. Brief artist statement about project – must describe how project elements would be incorporated and how the piece is connected to Bonnaroo.
    2. Must include: Dimensions of each piece, weight (not to exceed 300 lbs. per sculpture) and installation method. All 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.
    3. 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 This call can be accessed directly at this link.
  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.

CaFE Media Guidelines for Submission

For still images

  • File format: JPEG or JPG only
  • File dimensions: 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side. 
  • File size: under 5 MB

For video files

  • File formats: 3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS
  • Resolution: minimum 640 x 480, maximum 1920 x 108Aspect ratio: 4:3 or 16:9
    Bit rate: recommended above 240 kbps
  • Frame rate: minimum 12 fps, recommended 30 fps.
  • Codec: h.264, h.263, mpeg-1, mpeg-2, mpeg-4, Windows Media Video, and motion jpeg mpeg-1 muxed, Apple Lossless
  • Container: 3gp, asf, avi, mov, mpeg, mpeg-2, mp4, ogg
  • File size: under 100 MB

Linked media from YouTube, Vimeo, etc. is not accepted. Please use upload-ready media files only.  

Read more at Media Prep.

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.