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TPA to seek new artists for Phase 2 of expansion

Attention artists: Get ready. Tampa International Airport is set to issue a call for nine new public art works as part of Phase 2 of the airport’s expansion.

The effort kicks off with an information session on June 10 at 3 p.m. in the airport’s boardroom on the third floor of the Main Terminal. Artists can also register to attend online. The deadline to apply for consideration is July 17 and the call is open to visual artists working in any medium. Commissions range from just under $100,000 to $520,000. A robust outreach to artists on the local, national and international levels is designed to attract top artists worldwide.

The Airport’s Public Art Committee uses a two-phase process to select artworks for installation. In the first phase, a technical evaluation committee reviews qualifications to develop a short list of eligible artists, which goes to the Aviation Authority Board for approval. During the second phase, the Public Art Committee evaluates proposals submitted by the short-listed artists. Final selections require Aviation Authority board approval.

With a total budget of $3.1 million, this is the second call for public art tied to the airport’s Master Plan expansion. The airport recently installed seven new works associated with the first phase of the Master Plan, including three in the Rental Car Center, one at the Main Terminal SkyConnect train station and three on Airside F.

“We’re looking to grow our world-class public art collection with bold, innovative works that reflect Tampa Bay’s rich heritage and natural resources, and celebrate our history as the birthplace of commercial aviation,” said Chris Minner, TPA’s Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Our recent public art installations bring joy to millions of passengers each year – and we expect these new commissions to continue that legacy.”

The second phase of the airport’s Master Plan includes an office building complex and expanded curbsides with facilities connecting them to the main terminal.

To stay informed of the process, artists and interested members of the public can join the airport’s public art program mailing list by visiting www.TampaAirport.com/PublicArt. Artists are invited to build a profile with CaFÉ, which will manage artists’ applications for the airport, through www.CallForEntry.org.

The Airport’s Public Art Committee is made up of seven members, including: Former HCAA Board Member Ken Anthony; Robin Nigh, Manager of Tampa’s Art Programs Division; Michael Tomor, Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art; Margaret Miller, Professor and Director of the Institute of Research in Art; Chris Minner, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications at TPA; Jeff Siddle, Vice President of Planning and Development at TPA; Paul Ridgeway, Director of Maintenance at TPA.