Friday, March 19, 2010

Gateway Projects RFQ

UrbanArt and the City of Memphis are seeking artists to create 7 projects.

Project description:
UrbanArt and the City of Memphis are working together to create public art gateway projects in each of the 7 City Council districts. Sites were determined for their neighborhood interest, high visibility, and the potential for positive impact of urban design enhancements in each area.

Artists will be selected based on previous experience with the either outdoor sculpture installations or mural production, depending on the type of project for which artists apply. Artists may apply for more than one specific location, but are not guaranteed selection for more than one gateway project.  Artists are also expected to have the technical capabilities to design and install such projects, including providing maintenance instructions. Finished projects must require little to no regular maintenance. The selection committee is interested in artists who have experience with vandalism deterring methods and applications. Final artwork should compliment the characteristics and identity of each district. Each artist selected shall be expected to conduct community workshops with the general public for education purposes.

The selection committee for each project will select up to 3 finalists for each Gateway site based on their qualifications and design proposals. Finalists will be awarded an honorarium of $1,500.00 for design proposals, and be individually interviewed by the selection committee.

Budget: $100,000 per gateway project.
Deadline: 4:00PM Friday May 14 2010
Eligibility: Local only: artists living in Memphis and Shelby County for 5 years.

Please see, particularly the UrbanArt Artist Handbook, for more information about applying to UrbanArt projects and how the selection process works.

Please submit the following:

•Typed, one-page letter of interest that notes which gateway you are applying for, and explains your interest and general approach to the project.

•A sketch may be included but must be no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches. Please do not send original artwork.

•Resumé, not to exceed 3 pages.

•Recent DIGITAL images of your work that are relevant to this project and are good representations of your style of work. Send up to 10 digital images in JPEG format, 1920 pixels maximum on the longest side, 72 dpi, with compression settings resulting in the best image quality under 2MB file size.

•Image identification sheet: a numbered list of the title, dimensions, materials, location, date completed, and budget (if applicable) of each of the artworks you submit.

•List of three professional references, including current phone numbers and/or email addresses.

•Self-addressed, stamped envelope with postage sufficient for the return of your materials. Materials will not be returned without one.

Send applications to:
UrbanArt Commission
2549 Broad Avenue
Memphis, TN 38112

For more information contact UrbanArt:

•To ensure fairness to all, there are no extensions or waivers of deadlines.

•Applicants will be notified by letter as to the status of their application.

Commissioning of artists by the UrbanArt Commission and the pursuit of all UrbanArt Commission activities are implemented without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability or age. The UrbanArt Commission reserves the right to modify this solicitation and to request additional information or proposals from any or all participating artists. The UrbanArt Commission reserves the right to accept or reject, at any time prior to the commissioning of a work, any or all proposals when the acceptance, rejection, waiver or advertisement would be in the best interest of the project. In addition, the UrbanArt Commission may solicit proposals from artists not responding to this call and reserves the right to select an artist outside of the pool of artists responding to this call. The staff of the UrbanArtCommission shall be responsible for all correspondence and communication by and between applicants and members of selection panels. Discussion regarding these projects by and between any applicant and any member of a selection panel outside of regularly scheduled meetings during the selection process may be grounds for the disqualification of the applicant. Such determination shall be in the sole discretion of the UrbanArt Commission.

Site descriptions:
(*NOTE: Districts 3 and 6 project sites are still to be determined, and shall be the subject of a specific Call-to-Artists to follow.)

District 1: 2900 Block of James Road at Scenic Highway
•    Mural on retaining walls and bridge deck of underpass

District 2: Park Avenue and Ridgeway Road
•    Mural on retaining walls and bridge deck of underpass 

District 4: Lamar Avenue and McLean Blvd.
•    Sculpture installation at Lamar Avenue and McLean Blvd.

District 5: Sam Cooper and East Parkway
•    Sculpture installation at Sam Cooper Blvd. and East Parkway

District 7: Chelsea and Hollywood (South-west corner of intersection)
•    Sculpture installation to replace fenced area

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