ArtsKC is seeking to commission a Kansas City artist to create 6 works of art and 100 table centerpieces to present to metro-area businesses and individuals in recognition of their leadership in the arts. The event is attended by over 1,000 leaders in the arts, business, and civic community.

Artwork may be 2- or 3-dimensional in nature and must be appropriate for the business setting. Because the awards will be exhibited together at the ArtsKC Awards Luncheon, the 6 works of art, and 100 table centerpieces should be similar in nature (i.e., part of the same series), but not
necessarily identical.

Eligibility and Selection:

This opportunity is open to visual artists residing in and around the five-county Kansas City region (Clay, Platte, Jackson, Johnson & Wyandotte). Winning artists from previous years are ineligible to submit. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel comprised of business and arts professionals.


Awards Commisson: $10,000.00 in total.
$6,000 for 6 works of art and $4,000 for 100 centerpieces in the spirit of the award design. Collaborations and edition pieces are welcome. Objects should be approximately 14” in height with a base of no more than 12”.

Event Dates:
ArtsKC Awards Luncheon
Thursday, February 20, 2020
The Kay Barnes Ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center.
11:00 am- 1:00 pm
The selected artist will be a special guest at the awards ceremony and will give brief comments from the podium. Their work will also be the focus of the pre event reception at the venue.

Artist Benefits:

In addition to the commission, this is a very high visibility event! The awards artwork will be part of the permanent collection of each business recipient. The selected artist will be a special guest at the awards ceremony and will give brief comments from the podium. They will have an exhibition at the Kay Barnes Ballroom of their current and previous work.

Project Timeline:

  • Deadline to Apply: Sunday, June 30, 2019
  • Artist Notification: Week of July 29, 2019 (all applicants will be notified via email of the selected artist)
  • First Payment: Week of August 5, 2019 ($3,000 for awards, $2,000 for centerpieces)
  • Artwork Due + Exhibition Setup:  Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Awards Program + Final Payment: Thursday, February 20, 2020 ($3,000 for awards, $2,000 for centerpieces)

To Apply:

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