Percent for Art: Columbia Regional Airport

Columbia Regional Airport Terminal
Percent for Art Project | Columbia, Missouri




Public comment on the artwork designed closed on Friday, January 29, 2021.

Public input will play an important role in the Standing Committee on Public Art’s recommendation to the Commission on Cultural Affairs before being forwarded to the City Council for final approval. 

The Percent for Art project will include two designs from artists: national artist David Griggs and regional artist Chris Morrey. Both artists have spent time getting familiar with the design of the facility, our city, and have visited with community representatives to understand the new terminal space and areas in the building best suited for artwork.


David Griggs Full Design Proposal (PDF)


Chris Morrey Full Design Proposal (PDF)

September 2019: Columbia City Council designated Columbia Regional Airport terminal as a Percent for Art project
January 2020: Application deadline for both national and regional artists
March 2020: Artist finalists selected by Standing Committee on Public Art
June 2020: National artist and regional artist selected by Standing Committee on Public Art, recommendation passed on to Commission on Cultural Affairs
July 2020: Commission on Cultural Affairs recommended national artist David Griggs and regional artist Chris Morrey to City Council
September 2020: Contract agreements for David Griggs and Chris Morrey are approved by City Council. Artwork designs begin. 
January 2021: Public comment period for artwork designs. Comments submitted from January 12 to January 29.
Spring 2021: After public comment period, the Standing Committee on Public Art and Commission on Cultural Affairs will review to make their recommendations to City Council. A public hearing will be held with City Council before fabrication of the artwork can begin

As a designated Percent for Art project, one percent of the overall construction cost has been set aside for site-specific public art for the interior of the new terminal at the Columbia Regional Airport. The project affords a unique opportunity for meaningful public art in Columbia. Artists who have previous experience in public art projects that have integrated the artwork into building designs were encouraged to apply. No aspect of the art is pre-determined. The project is a component of Columbia’s Percent for Art Program, established in 1997, and is being implemented by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA).

The Columbia Regional Airport project involved two RFQs – One open to artists residing in the United States and the other open to artists residing in Mid-Missouri.

BUDGET: The overall 1% artwork project budget is $188,870. 90% of the budget is allocated to the national artist project (artist commission of $135,500) and 10% allocated to the regional artist project (artist commission of $15,050). Funds for administration of the project and future maintenance are incorporated into the project budget. Any administrative funds remaining after installation is complete will roll into maintenance funding. 


The City of Columbia is currently in the planning process for the construction of the new airport terminal, located on the grounds of the existing Columbia Regional Airport.

Columbia Regional Airport (COU) is home to United Airlines and American Airlines with more than 125,000 passenger enplanements per year. COU is identified as a non-hub primary commercial service airport by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with daily service to Denver, Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth. Because of growth in number of passengers and flights per day and limited space to comply with the Americans with Disability Act and Transportation Security Administration requirements, the existing terminal building no longer has the capacity to meet the demands of the flying public. As a result, a new terminal is needed.

The new terminal building will be approximately 60,000 square feet. The terminal building may include passenger waiting areas, public secure and non-secure spaces, airline spaces including baggage systems, and concessions spaces.

The City of Columbia will be working with a selected design-build firm to provide the design, architectural/engineering services, and construction of the new terminal building. The design-build firm will be required to coordinate with the selected artist and the City’s Manager of Cultural Affairs for the artwork to be created and installed concurrently with the terminal building work.

Construction of the project began in 2020 with a grand opening of the new terminal planned for spring 2022. For more information about the airport improvement process, visit

City of Columbia, Missouri, Office of Cultural Affairs, 573-874-7512 or OCA@CoMo.govcreate new email