Friday, May 20, 2016

Poetry Slam to Kick Off South Memphis Board-up Project

Students from Freedom Preparatory Academy, Booker T. Washington High School, G.W. Carver High School and Central High School will compete to have their poetry included on public art that will cover an abandoned property located at 952 McLemore.

Three local judges will select the winning poetry to be included on the boards, and local artist Darlene Newman will lead the painting of the boards that will cover the property.

This project, sponsored by Renasant Bank, is part of UAC’s Public Art Outreach program, which provides disadvantaged communities an opportunity to enhance and revitalize their neighborhoods through public art.

This free event will be held at Memphis Slim Collaboratory House on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 1130 College Street from 1 to 3 p.m. The boards will be painted from 4 to 7 p.m. 


For more information or to volunteer to paint the boards, please contact Siphne Sylve.

Friday, November 13, 2015

I Love Memphis Mural Dedication at "Crafts and Drafts"

The I Love Memphis Murals around town are hard to miss. By now, I’m sure you’ve spied one of the six murals around Memphis—and if you haven’t already seen all of them, well, you’re in luck. This Saturday, November 14th, from 10 AM-4 PM at the parking lot Autumn and N. Watkins in the Crosstown neighborhood (behind Crosstown Arts, Amurica, Hi Tone, Co-Motion Studio, etc.) the UrbanArt Commission, in partnership with the Memphis CVB and support from Crosstown Arts and the building’s owner, will be dedicating the newest I Love Memphis mural to the series. Designed and painted by local artists Kong Wee Pang and Jay Crum, the mural stands proudly in the Crosstown neighborhoods and shows off some serious Memphis pride.

If the mural alone isn’t enticing enough (but we can vouch and say it definitely is), the Memphis Flyer is hosting the inaugural "Crafts and Drafts" shopping and craft beer event in the parking lot right next to the mural. Come out and join us to celebrate the release of the mural with a day of craft beer, food trucks, free (while it lasts) I Love Memphis merchandise, local crafts, and of course, great public art.  And while you’re at it on Saturday, swing by the UrbanArt table and then go take a picture in front of the mural. Tag it #ilovememphis, and you may be featured on the I Love Memphis blog.

 Cash only event, folks—see you Saturday!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Public/Art/ists

                                                                          

 

This Saturday, November 7, meet some of the artists behind the beautiful, powerful public art scene in Memphis.  Public/Art/ists, hosted by UrbanArt Commission, is the final installation of a 3 piece exhibition/collaboration with CrosstownArts and ArtsMemphis. It will share the outdoor installation of 3 artists who have made contributions to Memphis’ urban landscape: Vitus Shell, Terri Jones, and Christopher Reyes.

The series has collectively recognized and shared the work of artists who have participated in Memphis’ public art projects and initiatives, including the studio work (non-public art projects) of these artists, as well as insight into their processes and involvement in creating public art projects from conception to completion. The exhibition and ongoing events of Public/Art/ists not only act as a connection point to these artists, but also reveal the multiple facets of these artists’ practices in the community. 

The reception for the event will be from 7-9 pm at Art Village Gallery, 410 S. Main Street.  Christopher Reyes’ video projection will be at Fire Station No. 2, 474 S. Main Street and will run every half hour starting at 7 pm. Terri Jones’ exhibit will be between 531 and 525 S. Main Street (between Earnestine & Hazel’s and Sache). Vitus Shell’s exhibit will be at Carter & Company, 455 S. Front Street.  Come out to these multiple venues to learn more about the public art that moves and energizes the Memphis community!