Wilmington International Airport and The Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County Request Proposals for Public Art Commissions

The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) and The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County have embarked upon a new collaboration to incorporate art into the airport terminal.  The Wilmington International Airport (ILM), in partnership with the Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC, request proposals for three public art commissions as part of ILM’s terminal expansion.    Proposals for two (2) separate terrazzo floor designs and the design, fabrication, and installation of one (1) three-dimensional artwork will be accepted from artists residing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  Winning concepts will capture the spirit of the coastal Cape Fear Region through permanent installations that welcome ILM travelers, enhance the airport facility, and contribute to the local cultural aesthetic.  “This RFP is an opportunity to integrate artistic interpretations of our community in the Terminal Expansion Project.  We look forward to showcasing permanent artworks that symbolize the Cape Fear Region and will remind travelers of their time spent here,” stated Julie Wilsey, Airport Director.   

Initial application packages are due by August 1, 2020.  The Arts Council of Wilmington/NHC, in partnership with the ILM Arts Committee, will manage the application and selection process.  Finalists will be announced on September 1, 2020.  A minimum of three artists/teams will be given $1000 to provide a fully-realized maquette for consideration by the selection panel by November 1, 2020.  The winning design(s) will be presented to the Airport Authority Board for final approval.  Rhonda Bellamy, Executive Director of the Arts Council shared, “The Arts Council is excited to partner with the Wilmington International Airport to commission signature artworks which serve as welcoming gateways to the airport and which set the stage for the rich arts experiences on offer in southeastern North Carolina.”  

Interested artists may view the full RFP, which includes an overview of the project, project sites, artwork criteria, the budget, artist eligibility, application and final selection process at https://flyilm.com/airport-documents


About the Wilmington International Airport: The Wilmington International Airport serves southeastern North Carolina with commercial air service on American Airlines, Delta, and United.  In 2019, ILM welcomed 1,075,963 passengers annually. ILM services numerous non-stop destinations; allowing for convenient domestic and international travel. The Wilmington International Airport is the fifth largest airport in North Carolina. The NCDOT Division of Aviation’s 2018 report estimated ILM’s economic impact at $1.752 billion and nearly 13,000 jobs.  For more information on ILM, please visit flyILM.com 

About the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County: The Arts Council’s mission is to support artists and art organizations through innovative public/private partnerships that support jobs, stimulate commerce, and showcase the region as an arts destination.   For more information on the Arts Council please visit: http://artscouncilofwilmington.org/