Sculpture sought for new Kroger store in Franklin, IN

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Sculpture sought for new Kroger store in Franklin, IN


The Kroger family of stores is honored to use the talents of local artists to create an uplifting experience in their stores. The company aspires to create a safe store environment that conveys a sense of connectedness to the communities within which they operate. The objective of the commissioned art program is to create a space that encourages community gathering and celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood.  The goal is to have an artwork completed by a local artist for each of the 65 new stores opening across the country in 2016.  As a company, Kroger values honesty, diversity, inclusion, integrity, respect and safety.  These values are expressed by the artwork commissioned for each store.  For more information, see this article.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis is pleased to partner with Kroger Co. to offer site-specific artwork opportunities for artists living in Central Indiana.

For the new Kroger store #979 in Franklin, Indiana (located at 970 N. Morton St), the Arts Council of Indianapolis is facilitating the purchase of ONE exterior, free-standing sculpture.  The artwork must be pre-existing:  artworks that are in-process, unfinished or only exist as a design idea are not eligible for this project.

Any medium, material, or artistic technique that is durable, very low-maintenance, and can easily be incorporated into an exterior site is acceptable.  Sculpture height can vary but should not exceed 12 ft. h.  Any style is eligible; however, artists should keep in mind the purpose of the art program and should propose pieces that are consistent with its objective and goals.

Kroger will provide a plaque identifying the artist, artist’s city or town of residence, title and medium of the artwork, and date executed.  Kroger will also provide a foundation or footing and appropriate lighting for the sculpture, in consultation with the artist.

Kroger will install the artwork at its own expense using its own equipment and contractors.  The artist will have the opportunity to be present and advise during installation.  The artist will not be compensated separately for his/her presence during installation.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to submit for this opportunity, artists must:

  • Live in one of the following Indiana counties: Bartholomew, Brown, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Shelby.  All else being equal, preference will be given to professional artists living in Johnson County, or artists local to the Franklin project neighborhood.
  • Be age 18 or over
  • Be willing to meet all contractual obligations and adhere to a strict budget and timeline


Project Budget

This is a purchase opportunity for an existing artwork with a sales, sales tax and delivery price not to exceed $15,000.00 total. The artist will not be responsible for installing the artwork.  The artist WILL be responsible for physically delivering the artwork to a designated location on or before an indicated date.

Deadline for Submissions:  Friday, July 15, 2016.  This is NOT a postmark deadline.  No exceptions.

Selection Process

Artists must submit their suggested artworks to the Arts Council on or before 5:00 p.m. on July 15, 2016.  Representatives from Kroger, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the store’s host community will review submitted artworks and select one for purchase.

Note:  while this is the intended selection process, in the event of an insufficient number of qualified applicants the Arts Council of Indianapolis reserves the right to invite an artist to propose, or to directly select an artist or artwork; and also reserves the right to cancel the opportunity entirely at any point and for any reason.

Selection Criteria

The artworks suggested for purchase will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality:  The suggested artwork is appropriate to the Franklin context, and is innovative, creative and stylistically distinctive
  • Aesthetic sensibility:  The artwork displays an aesthetic and theme that is desirable for the Franklin store and community
  • Technical ability:  The artwork displays professionalism and skill with materials and techniques


Project Timeline

This timeline represents the project as it now appears.  Changes may be necessary as the project progresses.

  • Release Request for Proposals:  June 22, 2016
  • Deadline for submissions:  July 15
  • Selection panel review:  July 19-22
  • Notification of status:  by July 31
  • Coordination of installation requirements: July 31 – August 15
  • Delivery of artwork:  TBD between September 1 – 15
  • Artwork installation:  TBD by September 15
  • Dedication and preview party: TBA in September, 2016


How to Apply

Artists must submit the following information digitally. The Arts Council will not accept hard copy submissions.

  1. Applicant Information: Complete the form below and submit in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.  An editable copy is available on request.
  2. Professional Resume or CV: No longer than 3 typed pages.  Submit in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.
  3. Images of suggested artwork(s): Submit 2-10 digital images in .jpg format of artwork that is completed, available for sale and appropriate to the site and context. Please limit the file size of each image to 2MB or less. You may submit any number of artworks and any number of images for each artwork, but do not exceed the maximum of 10 total images.  It is suggested to include at least two views of each artwork.
  4. Image information sheet:  Submit a sheet with the following information about each submitted artwork:  title, date completed, all-inclusive price (includes tax and delivery to site), brief (1-2 sentences) of the maintenance needs of the artwork, and a brief (1-2 sentences) description of the concept behind the artwork.  Include a directory of which image titles you have submitted are associated with each artwork.  (example, for an artist named Smith:  SCULPTURE X:  images Smith1, Smith2, Smith3.  … SCULPTURE Y:  images Smith4, Smith5, Smith6.)  Submit this sheet in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.


Delivery of Submissions

Submissions may be mailed, hand-delivered, or shared via Dropbox.

Mailed or hand-delivered submissions must be burned to a single CD, DVD or flash/jump drive. CDs and/or flash/jump drives must arrive at the Arts Council’s offices by 5:00pm (EDT) on July 15, 2016.  The mailing and delivery address is:

ATTN:  Kroger Sculpture Purchase

c/o Julia Moore, Director of Public Art

Arts Council of Indianapolis

924 N. Pennsylvania St.

Indianapolis, IN  46204

A Dropbox share request must be time-stamped before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016 and sent to with a message indicating it is for the Kroger sculpture project.  All materials must be available in the Dropbox folder as of 5:00 p.m. on July 15. If any item is missing or the upload timestamp for any item is after 5:00 p.m. on July 15, the entire submission will be disqualified.  The Arts Council is not responsible for transmission delays or service outages resulting in the Dropbox share request being delivered after the deadline.  Please ensure that all materials are uploaded before the share request is sent, and that you start your transmission of the share request in plenty of time to allow for delays or outages.

For questions, contact: 

Julia Moore, Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis

(317) 631-3301 x240   or




Kroger Sculpture Project

Applicant Artist Information Form

Please limit the information provided on this form to one typed page.


Artist Name:

Mailing Address:          City/State/ZIP:

Day or Mobile Phone:          Evening or Home Phone:

Email Address:

Website (if applicable):



Do you have a personal or professional connection to Franklin, IN or the neighborhood where the Kroger store will be?  If so, what is it?



How do you see this project fitting in with your past work, artistic interests and experience?