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Chinkapin Craftstead and the Arts Center of Cannon County Announce Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Chinkapin Craftstead and the Arts Center of Cannon County are excited to announce an outdoor sculpture competition. Following the lead of the Turtle sculpture and 75’ mural in Woodbury, proposals are being accepted from Tennessee-based artists now through November 15, 2022.

Designs should focus on indigenous animals and/or plants. The completed work must be weather and vandal resistant. Artists should submit their designs along with background information detailing their existing work and ability to execute the project.

A panel of judges from local government and the two arts organizations will choose the winning submission. The new work will be sited at one of 3 locations in Woodbury.

This project is a continuation of the public art effort begun with Doolittle, the turtle sculpture, designed and fabricated by Bret MacFadyen, and the colorful mural drawn and painted by Noah Church.

The winner will be announced December 15. Installation must be completed by May 31, 2023.

The competition is open to artists residing in TN.

With funding from the TN Arts Commission (TAC) and Chinkapin Craftstead, the Arts Center will coordinate artists’ submissions, manage the grant-funded project, and oversee installation. TAC

generates its grant funds through the sale of specialty license plates across Tennessee. Chinkapin’s funding comes from the estate of Larry Myers, son of the late Dr. Russell Myers.

The project budget is $10,000 for design work, fabrication, and installation.

Email submissions to or mail to Beth McCrary at the Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway, Woodbury, TN 37190

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