2014 Bonnaroo Call to Artists at Nashville International Airport

Entry Deadline: 1/29/14
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 2


Images - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 10
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 12

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The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival®, in partnership with Arts at the Airport, is seeking proposals for 3 artistic Bonnaroo-themed displays at the Nashville International Airport in Nashville, Tennessee. The display, which will be suspended from the ceiling from May 12, 2014 – January 26, 2015, encompasses 3 pairs of skylights (2 skylights per concourse) located in the airport concourses on the secure side of the terminal.  Each selected artist will receive an honorarium of $3,000. 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 (Bonnaroo Arch, Fountain, Fire tower with Cuckoo clock, the Bobble heads, fan atmosphere, etc.)

  • Display of 2014 location (Manchester, Tennessee), and website for more information (Bonnaroo.com)

  • Incorporation of 2014 lineup (to be announced in early 2014)

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.”


Project Description

Each artist will be applying to create a site-specific sculpture/kinetic mobile for two individual skylights that will be located adjacent to one another on concourses throughout the Nashville International Airport. There are 3 sets of skylights, Concourse A, B and C. Each application will be for one set of skylights. 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 set of 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. (At minimum, the Bonnaroo infinity symbol must be included.  Other examples of iconic elements include the Bonnaroo Arch, Fountain, Firetower with Cuckoo clock, fan atmosphere, etc. Please note the full Bonnaroo brand logo may not be included.

    • Display of 2014 location (Manchester, Tennessee), and website (Bonnaroo.com)

    • Incorporation of artists playing Bonnaroo (Sample artists should be used for purposes of submission)

  • 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 and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Marketing Perks

Selected artists or organizations will be recognized on the Bonnaroo website (bonnaroo.com), 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 (flynashville.com).


January 29, 2014: ……………………..…..…....     Application Deadline

February 14, 2014: ………………………….….       Selected artist or company notified

April 28 – May 9, 2014: …………….…….……       Delivery and Installation

May 12, 2014:……………………………….….       Exhibit Opens

January 26, 2015: …….……………….......……       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 (Note: each exhibit is a pair of 2 skylights placed back to back). 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)

    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 any details on how the two skylights would complement each other and describe any unified theme between the two skylights.

    3. Must include: Dimensions of each piece, weight (not to exceed 300 lbs. per sculpture), installation method, all mediums used must include explanation of exhibit resistance to UV light (treatment to fabrics, etc.). The skylights do NOT have protection from UV rays. Neither Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival nor Arts at the Airport will be responsible for UV damage to the exhibit.

    4. Project may NOT include: elements requiring electricity or maintenance after installation.

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

For Further Research and Information

Applicants can find more information about Nashville International Airport’s facilities and culture by visiting www.flynashville.com. For information about the Arts at the Airport program, visit: www.flynashville.com/arts-and-music. For questions specific to The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival®, see the Bonnaroo website: www.Bonnaroo.com, or contact info@bonnaroo.com. 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 or arts@nashintl.com.


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