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Artists Sought for Public Art at New Kansas City Airport

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Artists Sought for Public Art at New Kansas City Airport


The City of Kansas City, Missouri One Percent for Art program seeks to commission professional visual artists, or artist teams, to create public art to be placed in The New Single Terminal at KCI airport.

BUDGET:  $5.65 million (total all commissions)

ELIGIBILITY:  Professional artists or artist teams, with all members over 18

DEADLINE: December 6, 2020

At just over one million square feet, the Kansas City International Airport Single Terminal is the largest single infrastructure project in the City’s history. It will have a profound and lasting economic impact on the region in the form of new jobs, opportunities for local and small businesses, and a first-class traveler experience for airport users.

Completion is estimated in Spring 2023, with 39 gates and the ability to expand to 50 in the future. The project will also include a seven-story 6,200-space parking structure along landside and airside improvements.

The New Single Terminal and Parking at KCI project will be part of Kansas City’s One Percent for Art program, which began in 1986 and now features over 45 works of public art. For more information click here.

Each opportunity has a different budget and requires a separate application. These are the first four of eight total opportunities to be announced.

  • Terminal Retail Node “A”: Fountain, $1,200,000.  Apply here.
  • Terminal Retail Node “B”: Hanging ceiling installation, $500,000. Apply here.
  • Terminal Check-in Hall:  Hanging ceiling installation, $1,000,000. Apply here.
  • Terminal Escalators to Baggage Claim: Hanging ceiling installation, $700,000.    Apply here.

Review full location information here.

Register for artist information sessions here. Sessions are Wed Oct 28th 5:30-7:00 p.m. CDT & Sat. Oct. 31st, 10:00-11:30 a.m. CDT. These sessions will be recorded and questions and answers resulting from these sessions will be provided.


  • Letter of Intent, up to 1 page
    • Clearly describe your interest in the project and how you will be able to contribute to its success.
    • Articulate your interest and/or experience in public art design, fabrication &/or project collaboration.
    • Summarize your experience in developing and/or executing creative projects of this scope in the public realm in the Kansas City metropolitan area (if applicable), airports, and beyond (e.g. site-responsive art installations, interactive and participatory artworks, multimedia projects, creative placemaking events, festivals, etc.).
  • Resume/CV
    • Artist’s Experience: list your professional experience including any commissions, residencies, touring, exhibitions, collaborations, and projects involving the community and work in the public sector.
    • Education: list your educational background and training.
    • Experience working with organizations, institutions, developers, locally and beyond.
    • Include up to 3 professional references
  • Images, video, audio or multi-media
    • A relevant body of work that demonstrates conceptual, aesthetic, and technical mastery in at least one artistic medium. Attach up to 10 .pdf or jpg. images &/or links and/or up to 6 each audio and/or video files.
  • Image List
    • A list providing details of your portfolio images, such as title, year made, materials, dimensions and budget.

QUESTIONS? All questions must be in writing and submitted by November 1, 2020.  Answers will be provided after November 7. Contact



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