Self-guided Memphis Tour of Public Art: North Main Street and Mississippi Waterfront
The work is in walking-distance and/or can be seen from the MATA trolley loop. Suitable also as a bike tour. Download the Tour Guide PDF here.


Sign up & get involved in 25 SQ Public Art Project!
Join the UrbanArt Commission and the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team to plan public art the three 25 SQ neighborhoods of Mempis–South Memphis, Crosstown/Madison and Binghampton! UrbanArt is providing consulting services to the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team and its 25 SQ public art initiative, which targets reduction of the 53,000 vacant structures and/or lots in the City of Memphis. The 25 SQ Public Art Initiative will commission and install a series of high-impact, low-budget public art projects in 2013. The following community-based artists have been identified to work on creating public art at sites located in the following three 25 SQ neighborhoods of Memphis
• Darlene Newman – South Memphis / Soulsville
• Frank D. Robinson – Binghampton
• Shea Colburn – Madison/Overton Square/Crosstown and Klondike Smokey City

Darlene Newman was featured as one of “16 Sisters of Fine Art 'You Shouldn't Sleep On'” on Brothers Perspective Magazine blog, Dec. 23, 2013.
Frank D. Robinson was featured as one of "40 amazing black artists to watch in 2014" on theBlio, Dec. 23, 2013.
Shea Colburn's "rise" mural was featured in the Commercial Appeal, Dec. 20, 2013.

The new, community-based "rise" mural was dedicated on December 19, 2013
Address: 989 Looney Avenue, Memphis, TN
The mural was completed by students of Humes Preparatory Academy on North Manassas, art teacher Melissa Lorenz and 25 SQ lead artist Shea Colburn. Read more

Join South Memphis painter Darlene Newman and Team Artists to work on murals, mosaics or recycled public art projects for the Soulsville U.S.A. neighborhood! To sign up for art making sessions or to donate materials please email Darlene Newman at darlenesart(at)
- We look forward to your participation!

Thank you to our artists and all participants who painted colorful boards for neighborhood locations, including at The Hub on August 3 and the Stax Museum's Stax to the Max Festival on April 28, 2013. The Knowledge Quest mural at Jeannette Place has been completed as of October 18. View the photo albums on our Facebook page.

Interim Report, May 2013
Project Summary, Fall 2012
Hart, Joe. "The New City-Makers." Public Art Review, Winter 2013. 50-55.
Focht, Karen Pulfer. "A Thousand Words." Commercial Appeal, Apr. 21, 2013. 5V

Phillips, Bianca. "Make Memphis." Memphis Flyer, Mar. 21, 2013

More info at Contact Christina Lanzl(clanzl [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org) with 25 SQ questions or call (901) 552-3934.

This project is supported in part by an ArtsMemphis Mosaic Grant.

Healthy Communities - Redevelopment from the Inside-OUT
at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel
250 North Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103 from Wednesday, April 16 to Friday, April 18, 2013
On Friday, April 17, 9:15-10:30am, Dr. Christina Lanzl will speak about Public Art and Placemaking on the workshop panel with Robert Montegue of the Binghampton Development Corporation and Syd Lerner of the Greater Memphis Greenline.
For additional information and to register, please visit the City of Choice conference website.

Mural Art Workshop at the IOBY.ORG SUMMIT
Crosstown Arts Gallery, 430 North Cleveland St, Memphis, TN 38104
On Tuesday, February 25, 6:30-7:30 pm, Siphne A. Sylve, Director of Public Art at the UrbanArt Commission will lead a mural workshop in conjunction with the IOBY summit in Memphis.
Murals are an excellent art genre to beautify places and to create local identity in our neighborhoods. The purpose of the workshop is to provide participants with information on basic mural preparation and installation procedures. The presentation includes guidelines that are designed to help artists and community members determine the three key mural making components. The first segment demonstrates how to properly identify a feasible mural site and how to obtain permission from a property owner. The second portion shows how to select proper mural materials, and finally, covers several methods of transferring a mural design onto a mural surface.
For additional information, please email Siphne Sylve(ssylve [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org) or call 901.454.0474 x101.
Learn about IOBY/Memphis projects.

West Tennessee Art Education Association: Spring 2013 Regional Conference

Memphis College of Art Graduate School on Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:30am-3:30pm
Christina Lanzl, Executive Director of the Urban Art Commission, will speak in the line-up of leaders in the arts, music and culture of greater Memphis. Cost: $45
MCA Nesin Graduate School, 477 S. Main St. Memphis, TN 38103
For additional information and to register, please email jharants [at] scsk12 [dot] org or call 901.277.5302.

The International Sculpture Center (ISC)
2013 Symposium in Auckland, New Zealand on February 14, 2013, 11:30-1pm
Christina Lanzl, Executive Director of the Urban Art Commission, moderated the session on Public Art at Auckland Art Gallery. Panelists were
Jack Becker
Founder and Executive Director of FORECAST Public Art and the Journal Public Art Review
David Cross, Associate Professor in Fine Arts & Director of Postgraduate, College of Creative Arts at Massey University
Carole Anne Meehan
, Manager of Public Art, Community Development Arts and Culture of the Auckland Council
For additional information, please visit the symposium website.

Tennessee Public Transportation Conference
Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN on Oct. 17, 2012, 2-3:30pm
Whitney Ranson, Director of Public Art at the Urban Art Commission, presented on the MATA workshop Local and State Partnerships & Coalitions. Moderated by Tom Fox, MATA Deputy General Manager, additional speakers were Ed Cole, The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, and Larry Smith, Shelby County Health Department. Access the conference agenda.

23rd International Sculpture Conference Process, Patron, Public
Art Institute of Chicago and Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL on October 4, 2012, 2-3:30pm
Christina Lanzl, Executive Director of the Urban Art Commission, chaired the Thursday, October 4 panel with curator Mary Jane Jacob, sound artist Bill Fontana and Elizabeth Keithline of the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, titled SCULPTURE, CULTURE AND URBANITY: Exploring the boundaries of art in public spaces.
For additional information, please visit the conference website.