Arts Huntsville is looking for local artists to submit artwork for Fitness Court at Legacy Park

Published on August 29, 2022

Editor’s Note: This release was shared on behalf of Arts Huntsville.

Arts Huntsville, in cooperation with City of Huntsville Parks and Recreation, has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for local artists to produce artwork for a fitness court to be installed at Legacy Park. The artwork by the selected local artist will be one of four fitness-based public art installations to become part of the Huntsville landscape through a partnership between the City of Huntsville, Arts Huntsville and the National Fitness Campaign (NFC ).

Two of the fitness courts will feature vinyl appliqués of limited-edition artwork by acclaimed artists Keith Haring (John Hunt Park) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (Apollo Park). Local artists can now apply to the Huntsville Public Art Program to compete to design one of two additional Fitness Court facilities, supported in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.

This initial Legacy Park RFQ process will select up to three semi-finalists. Each Semi-Finalist will receive a sketch fee to submit artwork proposals to be digitally printed on the Fitness Court vinyl wrap. The final artwork can either be digital art or a high resolution image of a work produced in another 2D medium. The selected artist will receive a $5,000 commission to produce the final site-specific artwork. The Legacy Park Fitness Court is expected to be installed in the spring of 2023 and will also feature a biography and artist photo printed on the vinyl wrap.

“This is a unique public art opportunity that includes artists who typically work digitally or on a smaller scale,” said Jennifer Johnson, director of Arts Huntsville’s public art program. “It’s also a great entry-level opportunity for artists working in any 2D medium at any scale who want to bring their art into the public arena.”

Artists must be 18 years of age and reside within the Arts Huntsville service area. Interested local artists can read the full quote request and begin the application process at https://artshuntsville.slideroom.com/. The submission deadline is September 25, 2022. A second call for proposals seeking artists to create work for California Street Park’s Fitness Court will be released at a later date.

A video orientation for interested artists will be posted in early September 2022 on the Arts Huntsville YouTube channel. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Johnson, Director of Arts Huntsville’s Public Art Program, at publicart@artshuntsville.org.