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Kentuck Art Center and Festival was established in 1971. Kentuck's mission is to perpetuate the arts, engage the community, and empower the artist. The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is held annually in October, and during that weekend, makes a $5.5 million economic impact on its community.

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request for proposal


Kentuck is accepting proposals for a commission to create a piece of mixed media artwork from a collection of 700 hotel key cards collected over 1 year of work-related travels. This commission is for an anonymous art collector and will carry the Kentuck brand as well as the artist's signature.


  • The artwork should be large, approximately 6' x 4'.

  • The artwork should represent a topographical map of the United States with each state cut from a hotel key card from that state. 

  • If there is more than one hotel from a state in the collection, the key cards should be combined in a mosaic to represent the state. 

  • The key card should be cut to reveal the logo and location of each key card. 

  • There are generic key cards that can be used for states that are underrepresented in the key card collection and/or to elevate the topographical elements. 

  • An epoxy coating should be applied to the artwork. 

  • The background should include large brushstrokes of red, white, and blue.

  • A graphical element of the letter "D" should be included in the state of California. 

  • All key cards do not have to be used. 

  • Piece should be ready to hang. 

What we need from you:

  • To be considered, please submit

  • Work plan. How do you envision the work on this commission proceeding?

  • Budget. Please include the price for the finished piece, ready to hang. 

  • Time required to execute.

  • Artist statement, bio, and resume.

  • Portfolio.

Responses due by February 7, 2020. 

  • Your proposal may be submitted electronically to swarner@kentuck.org (Subject line: KEY CARD RFP) or mailed to
    Sherri Warner, Kentuck Art Center
    503 Main Avenue
    Northport, AL 35476

artwork currently enjoyed by the commissioner: