Music City Center Commissions Anniversary Artwork

Local Artist Tony Sobota Awarded Contract.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Music City Center President and CEO Charles Starks announced today the award of a contract for a commissioned art piece to celebrate the facility’s 10-year anniversary. Local artist Tony Sobota was selected to create the one-of-a-kind piece.

Sobota, of Nashville, was one of 10 qualified artists to submit 14 design concepts through the formal Request for Proposals process. His untitled piece will consist of an acrylic painting on interlocking panels.

“We were blown away by the designs that were submitted. Every piece was worthy of display,” said Starks. “In the end, the selected piece was truly representative of us as a facility, and we’re thrilled to add it to our collection.”

As outlined in the RFP, interested artists were required to live in the state of Tennessee and within 100 miles of Nashville-Davidson County, and any proposed designs were required to commemorate the anniversary and complement the architecture of the building.

Proposals were reviewed by an internal Evaluation Committee. Sobota’s design concept was selected by the Committee in October and approved by the Convention Center Authority last week.

The newly commissioned artwork will become the property of Music City Center and will be on display on the east side of the Davidson Ballroom. It will be part of the facility’s established collection, which features a broad spectrum of artistic media, worth more than $2 million.

The Sobota piece is expected to be completed and unveiled in early 2024.

About Music City Center

Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, Music City Center (MCC) is a 2.1 million square foot convention center with more than 353,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, two ballrooms, 55 meeting rooms, and a covered parking garage with 1,800 spaces. The mission of MCC is to create significant economic benefit for the greater Nashville area, while focusing on community inclusion, sustainability, and exceptional customer service, through conventions, trade shows, and community events.