An Open Call for Artists and Design Teams


The site of the proposed public space.

The Ed Johnson Committee, supported by Public Art Chattanooga, is seeking qualifications from multi-disciplinary design teams and artists. Up to three teams will be selected and awarded $5,000 stipends to develop site-specific design concepts for the development of a public space adjacent to the Walnut Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga. The site will commemorate events associated with the lynching of Ed Johnson, honor the courageous work of his attorneys, and recognize the resulting United States Supreme Court case that changed civil rights law in America. It should be a welcoming space that aspires to healing and reconciliation.

Deadline: Thursday, July 27, 2017 by 12 pm EST

Click on the link to access and download the RFQ:

Ed Johnson Public Space RFQ


Artist Questions and Answers


Q: Do I need to submit a hard copy of my application or can I submit a digital-only application?

A: You can submit either a digital application OR a hard copy. If submitting digitally, please send all materials via emailed download link (Google Drive or Dropbox) to


Q: Do I need a team to apply to this project, or may I apply individually as an artist? 

A: You may apply as an individual artist, as long as the entire site is addressed in the artwork concept. This is a complex project that will require landscape design and technical expertise to complete, which should be included in the artist’s budget. If your design is chosen, you would be expected to bring on additional people as needed. We may also suggest individuals or teams you could work with to complete the project. 


Q: What should the “Description of Approach” include?

A: You may use whatever means you want to best convey how you would approach the project. 


Q: Should the 10 submitted images be selected previous work or concept design images of the public space?

A: Please submit images of comparable previous projects.


Q: Should the 10 images be single images or can they be a collage of images?

A: They can be either single images or a collage of images.


Q: How can I contact local Chattanooga artists interested in this project?

A: We cannot provide specific names or contact information of local Chattanooga artists who plan to submit qualifications for the Ed Johnson Public Space. However, local artists can be contacted through the following organizations:

Arts Build

Association for Visual Arts

Chattanooga Workspace


Q: How can I contact local Chattanooga landscape architects interested in this project?

A: While we cannot provide specific names or contact information for local LARs, you may be able to find someone who is interested in the project in the Tennessee or Georgia chapters of the ASLA:  TNASLA    GA:


Q: Are there local poets or writers I can contact to collaborate with on this project:

A: Local writer organizations you might contact are Velvet Poetry Productions ( or the Chattanooga Writer’s Guild (