The Jackson-Madison County Bicentennial Committee is commissioning two 4 ft. x 12 ft. oil paintings to honor the history of Jackson and Madison County. Interested artists are asked to submit a proposal to create a realistic depiction of the 200-year heritage of Jackson and Madison County and the promise of a new century of accomplishment.

“The artist chosen for this project will have a permanent exhibit in one of the most historical and prestigious buildings in Madison County,” said Bicentennial Chairman Elaine Christian. “This painting will not only represent our history for the past two centuries but will represent our community for generations to come.”

The custom-sized oil paintings can be created on canvas, canvas board or panel and framed for installation on the East and West walls in the north foyer of the Madison County Courthouse located at 100 E. Main Street in Jackson, Tennessee.

Artists will need to communicate historical milestones, spirit and diversity of the people in Jackson and Madison County.

“The community has embraced the yearlong programming and events surrounding the bicentennial celebration. We are thrilled to participate in a permanent, tangible way to mark the occasion,” said Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris.

Proposal bidding selection criteria and expectations can be found in the Request for Proposal (RFP) located at and

Submission deadlines for the project can be found in the chart below.

RSVP with intent to submit RFP January 21, 2022
Project information online meeting January 28, 2022
Deadline for receiving RFP February 28, 2022
Interviews to begin for final RFP candidates March 18, 2022
Final 3 candidates chosen March 18, 2022
Final candidate notification April 1, 2022
Art production begins May 1, 2022
Installation completed by April 1, 2023

This project is being led by following Bicentennial Legacy Project Committee members:

Vicki Lake, West Tennessee Healthcare, Bicentennial Legacy Project Committee Chairman
Wanda Stanfill, City of Jackson, Project Director
Keith Davis, LIFT Wellness Center
Randy McKinnon, TLM Associates
Elaine Christian, Bicentennial Commission Board Chair

For questions or information regarding the project budget and materials, or to request pictures, videos or rough measurements of the space, contact Wanda Stanfill by phone at (731) 425-8318 or by email at

The Bicentennial Commission is seeking additional sponsors for this permanent legacy project. If an individual or their company is interested in learning more, please reach out to the Bicentennial Commission at or by calling at Elaine Christian at (731) 234-1862 or Anita Kay Archer at (731) 267-5072. Sponsors will be recognized at the artist reception and unveiling in the spring of 2023.

Download RFP