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How to apply for UrbanArt Public Art projects & the opportunities listserv

Watch this space for information and application requirements about upcoming projects.

NOTE: To apply for projects, first-time users of the system must upload a profile to the Artist Registry.

Once your profile is complete, you can apply to any project in the future. Artists who upload their portfolio will begin receiving the UrbanArt opportunities listserv of public art opportunities in Memphis and the region, nationally and internationally.

This Artists Handbook covers the process of applying for public art projects in Memphis, as well as the design and fabrication process if you are selected for a project commission. UrbanArt strongly advises prospective artists to study this text before submitting applications to open projects. Questions may be directed to Siphne Sylve at: ssylve [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org.

Artists are selected for commissions in different ways depending on the funding client. Some prefer to invite specific artists to submit proposals, while others mandate an open applications system. If you have any problems joining the Artist Registry or applying for projects, please contact: info [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org.

For the guidelines structuring the City of Memphis Public Art Program, please download the PDF provided.

If you are interested in participating on a project Selection Committee, please send Siphne Sylve your current resume with contact information and a statement of interest no longer than 3 paragraphs in length at: ssylve [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org. Please describe your current community affiliations including home and/or business address, background with community development, education, public art, or any other activities you believe will contribute to the positive outcome of our projects.

Full Time Project Manager - Open Position

Position: UrbanArt Commission – Project Manager (full time)
This position is responsible for managing all aspects of assigned public art/design projects. The Public Art Project Manager works with the Executive Director and Project Management team in facilitating planning, design and implementation of a variety of public art projects for the City of Memphis Public Art Program and private clients. The Project Manager implements effective tracking systems for recording and reporting project activities, including contracting and billing, monitoring project progress, and overall adherence to program guidelines. 

Reports to: Executive Director

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

•  Manage all aspects of specific public art/design enhancement projects and budgets, as assigned, including project planning, facilitating artist selection and City approval processes, contract negotiation and compliance, managing project budgets and schedules, monitoring fabrication and installation of artworks, project dedication and maintenance coordination

•  Develop partnerships with neighborhood associations, redevelopment agencies and public entities (e.g., transportation authority, community partners, etc.) for specific public art projects

•  Plan and facilitate public art planning workshops and community meetings, as required

•  Plan and organize training workshops for artist and design professionals, as assigned

•  Plan and implement public education and outreach programs, as assigned

•  Contribute content for website and publications, as assigned

•  Represent the UrbanArt Public Art Program, as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Overall qualifications required include proven ability to work with a diverse range of publics and staff, including artists.

  • Must be proactive, highly motivated, detail oriented and well organized.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software, especially Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and InDesign skills preferred. Proficiency in the operation of common office machinery including scanners, digital cameras, printers, fax, etc… is also preferred.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication abilities.
  • Should be functional with Mac-based computer systems.
  • Ability to read structural or engineering drawings is preferred.



Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in arts management, art history, design, planning, or a closely related field. Previous project management experience required, specifically coordinating multiple stakeholders and adhering to a timeline. Sincere interest in public art, design and contemporary art issues a significant plus.


Based on experience and qualifications. 

Applicants should email a current resume including salary history, a letter of interest not to exceed 1 page, and 3 professional references with the subject line “Project Manager application” to: HR [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org.

About us: UrbanArt is an award-winning, independent non-profit organization committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of our community through the development of public art. We celebrate diversity in everything we do. Visit