Bessie Smith & Blue Goose Hollow Artistic Marker

  • Commissioning Entity: Bessie Tribute Public Art Committee
  • Budget: $42000
  • Open Date: 07/20/2020
  • Commissioning Location: United States
  • Geographic Eligibility: Applicants in country of installation
  • Close Date: 08/28/2020

Brief Description

The Bessie Tribute Public Art Committee seeks qualifications from Black artists to design, fabricate and install a sculptural marker and tribute to Bessie Smith at the Blue Goose Hollow trailhead in Chattanooga, TN. The Committee would like to recognize and celebrate Black history in Chattanooga by highlighting American Blues Singer and famed Chattanoogan, Bessie Smith. The committee also seeks to commemorate Bessie’s life in historic Blue Goose Hollow, a neighborhood once home to over 1,400 people and erased with the demolition of over 1,100 buildings during urban renewal. While the marker should provide and interpret historically accurate details it should also reflect the spirit and character of Black Chattanooga and Bessie herself.