Reading Room by Vito Acconci at the Cannon Center.

Photo by: Sophorn McRae.

UrbanArt is an independent non-profit organization committed to excellence in developing public art and urban design in Memphis and beyond.

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An award-winning non-profit, UrbanArt, works with various partners to commission artists of all media to create public art and design enhancements for the built environment in greater Memphis and beyond. In 2012 we celebrated 15 years of service to the community and the 10-year anniversary of the City of Memphis Percent-for-Art Program. Programs are supported in part by ArtsMemphis and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Honors include a 2012 Design Merit Award, awarded by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the Memphis Area Transit Authority's new Airways Transit Center. This LEED Silver facility, designed by brg3s architects, features Transit Dreams, a suspended sculpture by Washington D.C. artist, Walter Kravitz. Dan Corson's Emerald Aura light installation, the Modern Hieroglyphs mural by Anthony Lee, and Greely Myatt's Cloudy Thoughts billboard, commissioned in celebration of the UrbanArt Commission's 10th anniversary, received Year in Review awards from the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network in 2009; Jill Turman's Cooper Young Trestle was honored in 2001. Whirl by John Medewedeff received an award from the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA) in 2002. Awards for Innovation in the Arts were granted by First Tennessee Bank in 2010 and 2011.

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Do you enjoy being creative creative or social media, working with your hands, painting or organizing? Have you ever wanted an ...

"I Love Memphis" Mural in Memphis


Memphis recently gained a new mural along the Greenline as UrbanArt's Siphne Sylve designed this piece for the old abandoned ...


Artist Portfolios Requested

Artists are invited to upload their portfolios to the UrbanArt "Artist" section for consideration in future projects and to receive the weekly listserv of public art opportunities anywherLearn More »