The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, in partnership with the Nashville Soccer Club (NSC), is thrilled to announce a Request for Qualifications for artists to display works inside the new NSC Stadium. The Soundwaves Gallery, located in the VIP Suites Corridor, will showcase a variety of Nashville’s finest visual art all season long, elevating the Suite experience for guests while also providing a high-visibility exhibition and sales opportunity for artists. The Soundwaves Gallery will also be shown to all guests as a feature during future Stadium tours. Pieces will be displayed in the Gallery for the entirety of the season with the option for any Stadium guest to purchase the artwork, with pick-up/delivery of the work to the purchaser happening after the conclusion of the season.
The inaugural exhibition theme for the 2022 season is “Nashville Voices.” Interested artists must reside in Middle Tennessee. Artists may submit up to five works to be considered for the exhibition. Most 2D and 3D mediums are acceptable, including but not limited to: painting, photography, mixed media, wood, block and screen printing, some types of sculpture, etc. It is preferred that submitted pieces are prepared for Gallery presentation at the time of application, and any pieces needing a frame will ideally be in a simple black, white, or wood frame. However, unframed works may still be considered.
The application must include image(s) of the work, an artist statement, as well as a narrative explaining the submitted works’ significance and relation to the theme. There is no minimum size for the works, but works must be no larger than 6 feet tall or 6 feet long. The work must also not reasonably impede the width of the corridor.
Works may be pre-existing, or created new for the purpose of this exhibition. New works should not include shall not use any of NSC's or its affiliate’s trademarks, logos, service marks, symbols, trade names or other intellectual property for any purpose whatsoever without Team’s prior written consent.
Submitting to this Call for Art does not guarantee placement in the Soundwaves Gallery "Nashville Voices" exhibition. A Community Art Committee composed of NSC stakeholders, community leaders, and curatorial experts will select the final works for display. The number of final works will be informed by the applications submitted and space available in the Soundwaves Gallery. NSC will pay selected artists a percentage of the retail price as a “rental fee” for displaying their work during the season, which will be deducted from the sales price should the piece be purchased. Proceeds from artwork sales will be split among the artist (deducting the initial rental fee) and the Nashville Soccer Club. Works that do not sell will be returned to the artist after the conclusion of the season.