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
UAC is an award-winning, independent non-profit organization committed to enhancing the cultural vibrancy of our community through the development of public art. The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted if sufficient to perform the duties of the job. UAC is an equal opportunity employer. In an effort to further actualize our organizational value of equity, people of color, LGBTQ individuals and differently-abled people are highly encouraged to apply. Visit


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UAC now posts all open opportunities and accepts applications online via Submittable (unless otherwise specified).

Paper applications may also be submitted to UAC’s office at 3485 Poplar Avenue Suite 225, Memphis, TN 38111. 

NOTE: You will no longer need to join UAC’s Artist Registry within to apply to an opportunity. Instead, follow the steps below to apply to any open UAC opportunity via Submittable:

  1. To apply to an open Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or Request for Proposals (RFP), click on the opportunity that you are interested in to view more details (posted on the left of this page).
  2. Clicking on the Submit button will redirect you to our Submittable page, which contains all of our current open opportunities. Click the Submit button next to the opportunity that you wish to apply for, or if you are already within an opportunity, scroll down to the Create your account / Have an account? Sign in form.
  3. If you already have a Submittable account, click the Have an account? Sign in tab to sign in to your account. If you don’t remember your password, use the Forgot? link on the login form.
  4. If you don’t have a Submittable account, you must create one to apply. Create your free account by filling out the Create your account form. Fill in all information and click the Create Account and Continue button to continue with the submission process.
  5. From there, you will be able to complete and submit your application. You can now use this account login when submitting to all future UAC opportunities, and any opportunities posted on Submittable by other organizations.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email that confirms receipt of your full application. If you do not receive this email or encounter any technical difficulties, please email us at info [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org or call at 901.454.0474.

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 emailed to 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 your current resume with contact information and a statement of interest no longer than 3 paragraphs in length to: info [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.