January 22, 2018
Municipal Art Commission Office
City Hall, 17th Floor, 414 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106
816-513-3422 | elizabeth.bowman@kcmo.org


Three Artists Selected with a Budget of $40,000 Each

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTALS:  Tuesday, February 20, 2018


The City of Kansas City, Missouri is seeking three (3) artists to develop and create original, innovative new works of visual art for interior spaces of Corinthian Hall at the Kansas City Museum, located at 3218 Gladstone Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri 64123. New works of visual art may include but are not limited to painting, drawing, mural, photography, textile, ceramic, digital media, and sculpture.

Each artist selected will create one (1) work of art for a total of three (3) works of art for Corinthian Hall. Selected artists will work collaboratively with City staff, Museum staff, and the design team (including historians and curators) to develop concepts that are site-specific and site-responsive, taking into consideration the interpretive, thematic content of the Museum’s exhibitions and architecture. Artists will have access to design and construction documents, as well as the Museum’s collection of artifacts and archival materials.


As the City’s only history museum devoted to local and regional history, the Kansas City Museum’s mission is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate Kansas City through collections, exhibitions, and bold programs that reflect the City’s evolution and spirit, and engage visitors in unfolding stories about Kansas City’s vibrant history, cultural heritage, and pride.

The Kansas City Museum is in the process of a major multi-year restoration and renovation project (#MakingAMuseumKC) to build, advance, and sustain a leading-edge museum, as well as a local and regional destination that will serve residents from the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, along with thousands of visitors year-round. Through a dynamic and multicultural environment, visitors to the renovated Kansas City Museum will experience Kansas City’s past, present, and future.

The five (5) existing, original buildings on the Kansas City Museum property are in need of restoration and rehabilitation, and space is necessary for first-rate exhibitions, collections, programs, amenities, and back-of-house functions to fully transition from a private estate to a 21st-century museum. With architectural design by International Architects Atelier and construction by J.E. Dunn Construction Co., the multi-year project will be completed in stages, with the first stage of construction being the restoration and renovation of Corinthian Hall (all four floors of the mansion). Construction on Corinthian Hall began in November 2017, and it will be completed so that the Kansas City Museum reopens to the public in 2019. Each stage of construction will open to the public a new face of the Museum.

In April 2017, the Museum completed and adopted a Visitor Experience Plan, produced by Gallagher & Associates, a leading museum design firm. This plan sets a roadmap for the design, development, fabrication, and installation of long-term and rotating exhibitions in Corinthian Hall. The Museum will begin the exhibition design and development process in February 2018, including the development of print and digital content. The Visitor Experience Plan outlines the core interpretive and thematic stories for Corinthian Hall, and it identifies thematic contemporary art installations as essential to the Museum experience.


Artwork for this project will be commissioned through the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department. Artists will coordinate their work with City staff, Parks and Recreation staff, and the Museum’s staff and design team. The estimated budget for each of the three (3) pieces of artwork and all related art project costs is $40,000 for a total public art budget of $120,000.


The opportunity to compete for this project is open to all professional artists residing in the United States. The City of Kansas City, Missouri does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Qualifications that are submitted by members of the Artist Selection Panel or Municipal Art Commission or their relatives will not be considered. Experience with public art projects, especially in relation to capital projects, is preferred but not required. Applicants must be able to work effectively within the project timeline and collaborate with the design team and multiple government agencies.


The selection panel includes artists and arts professionals familiar with the field of public art, community representatives, Kansas City Museum representatives, design professionals, and neighboring businesses. The panel will select three (3) artists who will be asked to work with the Museum’s staff and design team to develop and create site-specific, site-responsive new work for Corinthian Hall.The criteria used by the panel will include the artists’ professional credentials as evidenced by the submitted materials.


Interested artists should submit the following, to be delivered to Elizabeth.Bowman@kcmo.org by 4:00 p.m. Central Time, on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Please put KANSAS CITY MUSEUM in the subject line. Questions during the submission process may be directed via email to Elizabeth.Bowman@kcmo.org.

Submission Materials: 

  • Professional resume highlighting relevant previous experience.
  • Ten (10) images of previous work that represents the depth and breadth of the artist’s portfolio, including images of private commissions and Public Art projects.
  • Image list identifying title, date, location, materials, size, budget, and commissioning entity.
  • Letter of interest outlining qualifications, interest, and ability to complete the project on time and on budget.
  • Names and contact information of three (3) professional references.


Interested artists are encouraged to visit the Kansas City Museum’s Visitor Experience Plan webpage at http://kansascitymuseum.org/overview/visitor-experience-plan/ to access and review the Visitor Experience Plan, as well as the rest of the website to learn more about the Museum’s renovation project and goals for exhibition and program design and development.


Qualifications Due:  Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Submissions Reviewed:  Friday, March 2, 2018

Download a PDF of this Call for Artists here.

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