Public Art Program

View news on the Public Art project here.

TIMELINE – View the progress of the public art program for the new terminal project

19 KC-Area Artists Chosen for Kansas City International Airport New Terminal Public Art. View renderings of the artworks here.

Second Round of Artists Chosen for Kansas City International Airport New Terminal Public Art. More information here.

First Four Artists Chosen for Kansas City International Airport New Terminal Public Art. More information here.

CALL FOR ARTISTS (click for more info)Apply to Public Art Calls at KCI Airport.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:  

Where can I find general information?
For information regarding the KCMO 1% Public Art Program, you can visit kcmo.gov/art. To learn about the Municipal Art Commission, click here. You can also subscribe to project notifications by signing up here. General information about Public Art can be found here, courtesy of the Public Art Network.

What will the new terminal and garage look like and where is the art located?
Visit the Build KCI gallery for terminal and parking garage renderings. Download the artwork overview and artists map HERE. Download the art locations and budget heatmap HERE.

What is the One Percent for Art budget for KCI artwork and what does it fund?
The One Percent for Art budget for The New Terminal and Parking Garage at KCI is 5.6 million dollars. It will fund new permanent works of art commissioned for the New Single Terminal and Parking Garage at KCI.

What is the difference between an RFQ and an RFP?
An RFQ is a “Request for Qualifications”: an application process that asks artists interested in a commission to submit information about their experience, previous work, and other forms of evidence of their eligibility and ability to create a public artwork.

An RFP is a “Request for Proposals”: a detailed application that asks artists to develop and submit their ideas for a commission in order to contract work for a project. In this case, only shortlisted artists will be asked to submit RFPs.

I’m an artist, can I submit my work to the airport for consideration?
As of June 18, 2021 all Art at KCI Calls for Artists are CLOSED. Please visit our Timeline page to view how the RFQ process was completed.

Can I submit proposals for my artwork idea?
As of June 18, 2021 all Art at KCI Calls for Artists are CLOSED. Please visit our Timeline page to view how the RFQ process was completed.

How should I prepare for the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process?
As of June 18, 2021 all Art at KCI Calls for Artists are CLOSED. Please visit our Timeline page to view how the RFQ process was completed.

Can I apply to more than one location?
As of June 18, 2021 all Art at KCI Calls for Artists are CLOSED. Please visit our Timeline page to view how the RFQ process was completed. During the process, prospective artists could apply for as many RFQ locations as they liked. Each location needed to be a separate application through callforentry.org, as there are separate Selection Panels reviewing them. Also, keep in mind, your letter of interest may need to be edited slightly for each location to help the Selections Panels better understand your art/team/vision/process and how that may fit best within each location.

Can I submit existing artwork or only new work?
This One Percent for Art Call for Artists is for new site-specific work created to best fit each KCI location. Note: only during the RFP phase will concepts for artwork be required.

I’m an artist and want to be involved with the airport art process, but I don’t have large-scale public art experience.
As of June 18, 2021 all Art at KCI Calls for Artists are CLOSED. Please visit our Timeline page to view how the RFQ process was completed. There were multiple opportunities available to submit artworks for consideration in other areas including rotating art, displays and exhibits. Partnerships with multiple artists and/or fabrication studios with experience were eligible to enter RFQs.

How can I connect with other artists, fabricators or art teams?
We have created a Facebook group for interested artists & fabricators to connect.

Join the New Terminal Art Group HERE: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildkciart

Note: City of KCMO and/or BuildKCI does not directly partner up teams or facilitate agreements between artists and fabricators.

What is the timeline for airport art to be placed? Have I missed the deadline?
The New KCI Terminal and Garage will be open in March 2023. The chosen artworks will be installed prior to that date in various timelines based on the location and complexity of the installation. The RFQs were issued in a staggered rollout that began in Fall 2020. View the project timeline here. As of June 18, 2021, all Calls for Artists are CLOSED. Download the art location heat map with budgets and dates.

What is the Curation process for the artworks?
The KCMO One Percent for Art Selection process can be found at www.kcmo.gov/art. Select the “One Percent for Art” tab, download “How KCMO selects public art for One Percent for Art project”

What type of artwork are you considering for the terminal and garage?
For information and examples of other airport public art, review the “Arts & Culture at KCI” online presentation from Spring 2020. It was one way to get informed, comment and discuss the public’s vision for art at the new single terminal and parking garage at KCI.  The online presentation from April 2020 is still viewable by clicking here.

Will music, dance, audio, video and other forms of art be showcased at the new terminal?
Yes, there will be areas specifically designated for a variety of arts offerings. Scheduled arts programming will be coordinated and funded through the airport operating budget, rather than the One Percent for Art program.

Will the artwork in the new KCI terminal and garage feature all local Kansas City artists?
The new KCI Terminal RFQ was open to international, regional and local artists. Specifics about local and regional opportunities were included in the RFQ.

I am a for-profit company not an artist, can I apply for the RFQ?
As of June 18, 2021 all Art at KCI Calls for Artists are CLOSED. Please visit our Timeline page to view how the RFQ process was completed. The RFQ eligibility stated:

“Professional visual artists, or artist teams, at least 18 years of age are eligible. Demonstrated experience working with diverse community stakeholders is desired. Full-time, permanent City of Kansas City, Missouri employees, project consultants, project contractors, and their employees and sub-contractors are ineligible to apply.”

This particular project is a One Percent for Art through the City of Kansas City Missouri, so professional artists are the main applicants. We recommend that fabricators/designers/other organizations partner with an artist to form an art team to meet eligibility criteria and show a diverse portfolio of work and letter of interest explanation for the Selection Panel to be considered.

What are your expectations for teams of artists? If the team includes an artist, architect, engineer and others, do you want qualifications from only the artist or all the team members?
Please submit your application as a team and list all the members. Callforentry.org has an option for team applications. Note that the resume upload only allows for one document, so you may need a multi-page pdf to include each member’s resumes/CV. Include additional information about your team, experience and process in your letter of interest if needed.

What are weight limitations and size requirements for the art locations?
Structural provisions, project specifications and requirements are included within each RFQ.

During the RFP phase artists/art teams will have the opportunity to ask the KCI architects/build team additional questions about structural requirements.

Who are the arts consultants on this project and what do they do?
The owner’s rep and design build team have contracted arts consultants, both local and internationally known, to work closely with the City and stakeholders to help guide the arts program with best practices and efficiency through the process. These consultants are contracted separately from the One Percent for Art budget.

What does “design-build” mean?
Design–build refers to design and construction services that are contracted by a single entity and used to minimize risks for the project owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project.

Who are the “stakeholders” and what is an “owner’s rep”?
A stakeholder is a person, group or organization that has a vested interest, concern in an organization, can affect and be affected by the organization action, objectives and policies. They are parties with most direct interest of stake in business decisions. The owner’s representative is a company (in this case, Paslay Management Group) or individual hired by the owner (Kansas City Aviation Department) to manage and execute a design and construction project on their behalf.

Where can I find details about this project and process if I have ideas and comments?
An online “Arts and Culture at KCI” community presentation and survey was held through April 2020 to share information, describe the process, discuss options and brainstorm ideas from arts organizations and the local community. Although the survey is closed, you can still click here to access the virtual presentation.

How can I be informed of the next KCMO RFQs and updates?
Subscribe to City of KCMO public art information email list visit www.kcmo.gov/subscribe and choose “Public Art Opportunities”.

I have questions about Art at KCI, who do I contact?
Please send questions and inquiries to artsbuildkci@gmail.com.