Monday, December 27, 2010

Vote for UrbanArt!

Remember to VOTE UrbanArt! 
Chuck Hutton Toyota's 'We Care We Share' campaign as selected UrbanArt as one of 6 local non-profits to compete for a share of $20,000! Follow the instructions and vote for UrbanArt! The award will go to painting community murals througout Memphis!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

UrbanArt Video Tutorial: How to Apply for Project Commissions

Be kind with your criticism as we experiment with our first D-I-Y video tutorial on how to pursue an UrbanArt project commission! This segment describes how to interpret and apply to a project RFQ. It is a very rough cut, and we will most likely re-shoot it entirely, but the demand for such information has been so great that we didn't think you'd mind a few frayed edges on the production values in exchange for the excellent information it provides. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Show your support with an UrbanArt window sticker!

Car window stickers are in and available for free! If you would like a free UrbanArt car window sticker, just send an email with your postal address to Whitney Washington at, she will mail you 2!

Electroland's 'Lightspan', Memphis

Check this out!

Electroland's Damon Seeley and Cameron McNall designed this wonderful interactive light piece for the City of Memphis Percent for Art Program.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Vote for UrbanArt: We Care We Share Campaign

UrbanArt has been selected as one of 6 local non-profits to compete for a share of $20,000 as a part of Chuck Hutton Toyota's 'We Care We Share' campaign.

Please follow the instructions via this LINK and vote for UrbanArt!

Any award received will go towards painting community murals throughout Memphis!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Charjean Park Site Photos

Downtown Memphis Public Art

Public art projects coordinated by UrbanArt in Downtown Memphis only.

[*NOTE: there is a great deal more all over town!]

1. The large-scale mural adjacent to Redbirds Stadium on Madison Avenue.

2. The mural consisting of a series of icons adjacent to Central Station in South Main.

3. A series of 'poetry panels' in South Main

4. The Tom Lee Memorial in Tom Lee Park

5-9. The Trolley Stops along Madison Avenue at Redbirds Stadium, Danny Thomas Blvd., Orleans, Dunlap,  and Cleveland

10.  Sculpture at Auction Street traffic circle

11-14. Art at the Cannon Center (inside and out)

15. Shade structure sculpture in Vance Park

16. A collection of multiple wall-hanging art works at the new University of Memphis Law School

17. A collection of multiple wall-hanging art works at City Hall

18. City Hall plaza equipment screen

19-20. Bike racks at Tennessee Street and Harbor Town

21. Interactive lighting design at Court Avenue pedestrian bridge

22-26. 'Curious Pictures' video art series

27-30. Temporary projects in various Downtown locations to mark our 10th Anniversary

New projects currently in progress:

31. Uptown Gateway sculpture

32. University Place sculpture

33. Chickasaw Heritage Park sculpture

34. Legends Park neighborhood identification emblems

35-36. Beale Street Landing paving and sculpture

37. Multiple works of art for the Direct Purchase Collection

38. Mural school projects

Additionally, we often work with the Center City Commission to develop grant proposals for their initiatives, and we routinely present to the Memphis Regional Design Center's educational workshops about the importance of public art in cultivating vibrant and dynamic urban spaces in Downtown and elsewhere.

We view Downtown as a vital and creative crucible for the culture of our city, and will continue our work towards coordinating public art projects in the area for as long as I am Executive Director.

UrbanArt Request for Qualifications for Charjean Park--Deadline Extended

Site and Project Descriptions:
UrbanArt and the City of Memphis are commissioning a work of public art for Charjean Park located on Ketchum Rd at Crosby near Airways Blvd and I-240. This park can be seen from the I-240 Expressway.

The commissioned will be selected based on previous experience with the design and production of exterior public art sculptures. Applicants are also expected to have the technical capabilities to design and install such projects, including providing maintenance instructions. The finished project must require little to no regular maintenance.

Scope of Work:
The selection committee seeks to create a wayfinding system that will be placed around the walking trail for children that are utilizing the park from Airways Middle School and the nearby neighborhood.  The wayfinding system should include motivational slogans or quotes that promote success and leadership.  Final artwork should compliment the characteristics and neighborhood identity of the site. The artist selected shall be expected to conduct community workshops with the general public for education purposes, as well as collaborate closely with site architects and designers. NOTE: commissioned artists are permitted to work with outside contractors to fabricate the actual work of art.

The selection committee will select 3 finalists based on their qualifications, and interview each individually before selecting 1 artist (or artist team). Finalists will receive $1,500 for a design proposal, which will be discussed in the interview.

Budget:     $59,250
Deadline:   4P Friday 07 January 2010
Eligibility:   National: Artists currently living in the United States of America.   

NOTE: Artists are allowed a maximum of 2 City of Memphis Percent for Art Program commissions within any 5 year period.

Please see, for the UrbanArt Artist Handbook, for detailed instructions for applying to UrbanArt projects and how the selection process works. 

Please submit the following:
·      Typed, one-page letter of interest noting the project for which you are applying. Explain your interest and your general approach to its design and production. Note: this should not take the form of a formal design proposal, but rather a description of your methods for producing a design and finished project if selected.
·      Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages.
·      Recent images of your work that are relevant to this project and are good representations of your style of work.
·      Image identification sheet with location, brief description, and project budget.
·      List of three professional references, including current phone and email.
·      Complete applicant’s packet should be composed as a single PDF document only. Hardcopy packets shall not be accepted.
·      Materials should be submitted via CD-R or email only.
·      Optional: Self-addressed, stamped envelope with postage sufficient for the return of your materials. CD-R’s will not be returned without one.

NOTE: Application materials not prepared according to the format outlined above will not be reviewed.

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

For more information contact:

Tiena Gwin, Projects Manager
(901) 454-0474 /

All proposals must be received by 4P Friday 07 January 2011.

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 UrbanArt and the pursuit of all UrbanArt activities are
implemented without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability or age.

UrbanArt reserves the right to modify this solicitation and to request additional information or proposals from any or all participating artists.

UrbanArt 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, UrbanArt 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 UrbanArt 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 UrbanArt.