Art in City Hall - Call for Artists

*The application deadline for Art in City Hall has been extended to Sept. 8*



City Hall is located at 601 W. Jefferson St. in downtown Louisville. The Italianate stone structure was designed by John Andrewartha and C.S. Mergell and built in 1870-73. City Hall’s architectural details on the exterior of the building reference Louisville’s economic strengths at the time it was built, including a series of animal heads above the second-story windows and the pediment relief depicting a locomotive. Today, City Hall houses the offices and chambers of the Metro Council.

The Metro Council is the legislative branch of Louisville Metro Government and is comprised of 26 council members corresponding to the 26 districts throughout Jefferson County.



This opportunity is open to all artists of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality or disability working in Louisville/Jefferson County.

Artist should submit original, two-dimensional artwork meeting the specifications outlined below. There is no entry fee.

Each artist selected to exhibit their work will receive a $500 honorarium. The Art in City Hall exhibition will take place over October 2019 to September 2020.



August 5                              Online application opens

Sept. 8                             Application deadline

Sept. 23-27                       Delivery and installation of artwork

October 10                        Exhibition opening

September 2020               Exhibition closes and artists pick-up artwork



  • All artwork must be original and two-dimensional.
  • Outside dimensions of artwork (including frames) must not be smaller than 24 x 24 in. and must not exceed 60 x 60 in.
  • All artwork must be framed, stretched or mounted to durable material, and ready for hanging with D-ring hangers, wire, or equivalent.
  • Artists are responsible for transportation and delivery of selected artworks to City Hall by designated date and for pick up by a designated date at the conclusion of the exhibition.
  • Artworks submitted for consideration must be available throughout the duration of the exhibition, October 2019 to September 2020.



  • Artwork will be selected by a committee consisting of Commission on Public Art, Metro Council, and Metro staff members.
  • Up to six artists will be selected for the exhibition.
  • Each selected artist will be asked to exhibit one or more of the submitted artworks.
  • Upon selection of artwork, Louisville Metro Government will provide participating artists with a loan agreement covering the terms of the loan. Participating artists will complete and sign the loan agreement, and return a copy to the City.
  • Each selected artist will receive a $500 honorarium. In order to receive payment, artists must be registered with the City and in good standing with the Revenue Commission.


Incomplete applications will not be considered. (We suggest using Google Chrome to access the form.)

All submitting artists will be notified.


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For questions, please contact:

Sarah Lindgren, Public Art Administrator