Got A Professional Artistic Eye? KCI Wants To Talk

Artist renderings of the proposed new KCI (via

With a new billion-dollar, state-of-the-art single terminal airport in the works, the team at the Kansas City Aviation Department (KCAD) and Paslay Management Group (PMG) are on the hunt for local artists to help them spruce up the joint. They’re specifically looking for “up to five Kansas City metro-based professional artists (visual and/or performance) to innovatively and thoughtfully collaborate and contribute to the design process,” the groups mention in a recent e-mail blast.

The goal? They’re hoping the five (or so) “Project Advisory Artists” will serve on the design-planning team with KCAD staff, KCMO City staff, and additional consultants. Nope, they’re not looking for art, per se. Instead, they want artists’ input and insight—a collaborative effort, if you will. Selected artists will help review, recommend and give perspective into upcoming design elements.

Since the folks at KCI have earmarked one percent of the massive budget for artistic endeavors at the new airport, it’s no wonder they’d like to spend it wisely—and creatively. But be advised artists: “Selected Project Advisory Artists will not be eligible to submit for the One Percent for Art program for the New Single Terminal and Parking at KCI project.”

“Leap” artwork found at Sacramento International Airport

If you’re picked, you’ll work alongside the committee to develop a scope for future artists to follow for incorporation of the One Percent for Art program within the new terminal project. From rotating art displays to signage to a community stage, it’s all open for discussion at this point. Cool, eh? (We’re thinking something like the giant, floating, origami-esque bunny they have at Sacramento International Airport. We’re big fans.)

Better hurry, though—they’re only accepting submissions until Friday, February 21st at 5:00 p.m. Want to know the specifics? Click here for the lengthy particulars and corporate-ease you need to know. (Maybe one of those artists should include a pithy writer? Just sayin’.)

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