Kentucky Colonels Sculpture Request for Proposal


Budget: $25,000


Activated: 03/30/2018

Deadline: 05/11/2018


Call Summary

The Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels seeks to commission a professional Kentucky artist to create a horse sculpture, realistic or abstract, for the Kentucky Colonels office and 20 replicas to be given to Colonels in honor of their service to the organization.


Budget Description

All inclusive


Project Description

Original commission by a Kentucky artist


Artwork Goals

Quality and Kentucky culture is imperative; there will be a large indoor sculpture for the new Kentucky Colonels Headquarters and 20 smaller replicas to be given as a thank you gift to be placed in a Colonel’s home or office. This sculpture will honor the Colonel’s years of service and should be reflected in the quality of the sculpture and the materials.


The Kentucky Colonels will be moving into a new office building in early 2019. This sculpture will be in the entry way or a prominent place within the building.


In order to be considered, submission must comply with the requirements outlined in this document.


Kentucky Colonels History

The highest honor for the Governor of Kentucky to award is the Kentucky Colonel Commission. The tradition began in 1813 during the second term of Governor Isaac Shelby after he returned from leading the Kentucky Militia on a highly successful “War of 1812” campaign. Today, commissions for Kentucky Colonels are given by the Governor to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to community, state or the nation.


Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels Mission

The Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels is a 501(c)(3) organization of talented and capable men and women appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky because of their service to the state. We act as the Governor’s ambassadors of Kentucky’s heritage and rich history of arts and entertainment.

Our primary objective is to support needy Kentucky charities and worthy Kentucky organizations by raising money from our membership to help those organizations who stand ready to help our citizens share in Kentucky’s boundless future. We celebrate this mission and encourage and affirm one another in these efforts.

In 2017, Kentucky Colonels awarded $1.5 Million in grants that touched over 3 Million Kentuckians, which is over half the citizens of the Commonwealth.

The Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels is a non-partisan organization receiving no state government direction or support.

To learn more about the Kentucky Colonels visit:


Finalists will develop a design concept that reflects the standards and culture of the Kentucky Colonels and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Artist will prepare presentation materials, drawings, and related specifications in sufficient detail and in the format required to convey the design intent.



Invited Kentucky artists

Kentucky Arts Council Juried Artists

Students enrolled in any degree-granting program are not eligible to apply.


Application Requirements

Email the following required materials to

Resume: 2 pages maximum

Work examples: 5-10 jpg or pdf images

Proposed concept: 3-5 jpg or pdf images (may include sketches, CAD, photos of maquette, and/or finished sculpture)

Image list: 2 pages maximum (include titles, dates, materials and size)

Artist statement: 1 page maximum

Letter of interest: 1 page maximum

Please include your initial impressions of this commission and approach to this sculpture. Please also include a narrative description of the proposed concept.

Budget: 1 page maximum

References: 3


Artists are allowed to apply in teams.

Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.


Selection Information

Selection Process

Kentucky Colonels will select the artist that best meets the requirements, based on the information contained in their response to the Request for Proposal, any reference checks conducted, and the information presented during any interviews conducted as part of the selection process.


Selection Criteria

Specifically, in the selection of finalists, Kentucky Colonels Board of Trustees and staff will review and consider the following:

  1. The conceptual basis for the artist’s body of work as defined in the written statement.
  2. The quality – technical and aesthetic – of the artist’s past work as represented in the image submissions.
  3. The experience of the artist in success designing, fabricating, administering, and completing projects on time and in budget.
  4. The artist’s training and education
  5. The quality and comprehensiveness of the submission package.
  6. Proposed concept.


After evaluation of the artists’ submissions, the Kentucky Colonels will narrow the applications to approximately three finalists to develop a design and model for presentation to the Board of Trustees and staff. The model will not be returned to the artist if they are selected.



RFP Open: March 30, 2018

Artist Submissions due by:  5:00pm EST, May 11, 2018

Finalist(s) selected and notified by: June 11, 2018

Finalist(s) design Presentations: mid-July 2018

Commission awarded: July 2018

Project Completion: December 2018 (small sculpture) and March 2019 (large sculpture)


Contact Information

Heather Campbell

Director of Colonel Relations

1717 Alliant Ave

Suite 14

Louisville, KY 40299