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How to apply for UrbanArt Public Art projects and 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 weekly 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.

UAC Program Coordinator

Position: UrbanArt Commission – Program Coordinator (40 hours per week)
The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director and Project Management team to engage audiences around projects and partnerships through programs, events, and various media platforms. This position is responsible for creating and implementing programs and events, scheduling and contributing social media content, and providing support for Project Managers related to public art/design projects.

Reports to: Executive Director

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organize, implement, and promote programs and events in keeping with the strategic plan of UAC
    • Manage revenue and expenses for programs based on the organization’s budget
    • Recruit and manage volunteers to assist in program implementation
    • Coordinate with key partners throughout planning and execution of programs and events 
  • Manage weekly social media output and monthly email blasts; contribute content for website and publications, as assigned
  • Assist the Executive Director in pursuing program and event related grants and funding sources
  • Assist in managing aspects of specific public art/design enhancement projects and budgets, as assigned, including project planning, monitoring fabrication and installation of artworks, and maintenance coordination     

Qualifications:
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 creative and innovative
  • Able to multi-task several projects simultaneously; detailed, proactive, highly motivated and organized
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office software (especially Word, PowerPoint and Excel) and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram); Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and InDesign skills preferred
  • Should be functional with Mac-based computer systems
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication abilities
  • Must have a flexible schedule and able to work nights and weekends as needed for events
  • Must have reliable transportation

Education/Experience

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

Compensation
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 “Program Coordinator application” to: HR [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org.

About us: UAC is an 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 www.urbanartcommission.org

Kroger Mural Project - Memphis Store

Kroger Art Project (Memphis) | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 

Release Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Budget: $12,000

Deadline: August 10, 2016

Eligibility: Artists working and living in the Memphis area.

 

BACKGROUND

The Kroger family of stores is excited to give local artists the opportunity to lend their talents into creating an uplifting experience in our stores. The objective is to create a space that encourages community gathering and celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood. Our goal is to have an interior mural completed by a local artist within 65 of our new stores across the country this year. We hope to continue this project in our new stores for many years to come.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

The project calls for a vibrant public art mural that will enhance addressing the following:

  • Incorporate references to the area’s history or culture
  • Engage and inspire the community
  • Use durable materials that inspire the community
  • Use durable materials that require minimum maintenance
  • Be resistant to vandalism

The commissioned artist will be selected based on previous experience with the design of exterior sculpture and/or mural projects. Applicants are 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. Final artwork should complement the characteristics and neighborhood identity of the site. The artists or artists teams selected shall be expected to collaborate closely with site engineers, landscape architects, and any necessary party for the successful installation of the project, including the community. NOTE: Commissioned artists are permitted to work with outside contractors to fabricate the actual work of art.

 

Kroger Brand and Values:

We aspire to offer an outstanding shopping experience that is Fresh and Friendly while promoting Hospitality, Value, Convenience and Simplicity. These are the fundamental building blocks that we hope will inspire our customers to feel Proud, Rewarded, Appreciated, Confident and know they are cared for.

 

Kroger values honesty, diversity, inclusion, integrity, respect and safety. The company aspires to create a safe store environment that is uplifting, welcoming and friendly and conveys a sense of connectedness to the communities within which we operate. We base every business decision on what we believe is best for our customers and our store associates.

 

SITE SPECIFICS

Interior mural, dimensions of wall are 72’ wide X 8’ tall.

 

PROJECT TIMELINE

Jul 27 - Release RFQ

Aug 10 - RFQ Due

Aug 15 - Select Finalist & Release RFP

Aug 24 - Proposal Due

Aug 30 - Announce Winner

Sept 6 - Begin Installation

Oct 19 - Complete Installation

 

PROJECT BUDGET

Fabrication $12,000, all-inclusive.

Up to three finalists will receive a $250 honorarium for a design proposal.

 

FINALIST REQUIREMENTS

The art selection committee will select three finalists based on their applications; professional qualifications; ability to work within a budget, meet deadlines; and successful completion of previous public art projects. Each finalist will be asked to prepare a schematic design, followed by a presentation to the artist selection committee. Each finalist will receive a $250 honorarium for an original design developed specifically for the site.

 

Guidelines

Please review the UrbanArt Artist’s Handbook, for detailed instructions for applying to UrbanArt projects and how the selection process works.  A copy may be downloaded from the ‘Artists’ Toolkit’ section of the UrbanArt website – www.urbanartcommission.org/artists

 

Please submit the following materials online by following the “Kroger Art Project” link at www.urbanartcommission.org/open-projects:

  • Include a typed letter explaining your interest in the project and your general approach/concept to its design and production. Please do not submit design proposals at this point.
  • Up to 20 images of past work including title of work, date, medium, budget and project partners, if any.
  • Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages.
  • Three professional references, including current phone and email.
  • Completed applicant’s materials should be uploaded via the UrbanArt website only. Hardcopy packets, digital files, and CD-ROMs WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

For more information please contact:

Siphne Sylve, Project Manager

901.454.0474 x101 / ssylve [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org

This RFQ and support materials may be downloaded at www.urbanartcommission.org/open-projects.

 

Disclaimers

Applicants will be notified 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 from 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.

The staff of UrbanArt will 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 discretion of UrbanArt.

Kroger Mural Project - Hernando Store

Kroger Art Project (Hernando) | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Release Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Budget: $7,500

Deadline: August 10, 2016

Eligibility: Artists working and living in the Hernando area.

 

BACKGROUND

The Kroger family of stores is excited to give local artists the opportunity to lend their talents into creating an uplifting experience in our stores. The objective is to create a space that encourages community gathering and celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood. Our goal is to have an interior mural completed by a local artist within 65 of our new stores across the country this year. We hope to continue this project in our new stores for many years to come.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

The project calls for a vibrant public art mural that will enhance addressing the following:

  • Incorporate references to the area’s history or culture
  • Engage and inspire the community
  • Use durable materials that inspire the community
  • Use durable materials that require minimum maintenance
  • Be resistant to vandalism.

The commissioned artist will be selected based on previous experience with the design of exterior sculpture and/or mural projects. Applicants are 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. Final artwork should complement the characteristics and neighborhood identity of the site. The artists or artists teams selected shall be expected to collaborate closely with site engineers, landscape architects, and any necessary party for the successful installation of the project, including the community. NOTE: Commissioned artists are permitted to work with outside contractors to fabricate the actual work of art.

 

Kroger Brand and Values:

We aspire to offer an outstanding shopping experience that is Fresh and Friendly while promoting Hospitality, Value, Convenience and Simplicity. These are the fundamental building blocks that we hope will inspire our customers to feel Proud, Rewarded, Appreciated, Confident and know they are cared for.

 

Kroger values honesty, diversity, inclusion, integrity, respect and safety. The company aspires to create a safe store environment that is uplifting, welcoming and friendly and conveys a sense of connectedness to the communities within which we operate. We base every business decision on what we believe is best for our customers and our store associates.

 

SITE SPECIFICS

Interior mural, dimensions of wall are 12’6” wide x 5’ tall.

PROJECT TIMELINE

Jul 27 - Release RFQ

Aug 10 - RFQ Due

Aug 15 - Select Finalist & Release RFP

Aug 24 - Proposal Due

Aug 30 - Announce Winner

Sept 6 - Begin Installation

Oct 19 - Complete Installation

 

PROJECT BUDGET

Fabrication $7,500, all-inclusive.

Up to three finalists will receive a $250 honorarium for a design proposal.

 

FINALIST REQUIREMENTS

The art selection committee will select three finalists based on their applications; professional qualifications; ability to work within a budget, meet deadlines; and successful completion of previous public art projects. Each finalist will be asked to prepare a schematic design, followed by a presentation to the artist selection committee. Each finalist will receive a $250 honorarium for an original design developed specifically for the site.

 

Guidelines

Please review the UrbanArt Artist’s Handbook, for detailed instructions for applying to UrbanArt projects and how the selection process works.  A copy may be downloaded from the ‘Artists’ Toolkit’ section of the UrbanArt website – www.urbanartcommission.org/artists

Please submit the following materials online by following the “Kroger Art Project (Hernando)” link at www.urbanartcommission.org/open-projects:

  • Include a typed letter explaining your interest in the project and your general approach/concept to its design and production. Please do not submit design proposals at this point.
  • Up to 20 images of past work including title of work, date, medium, budget and project partners, if any.
  • Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages.
  • Three professional references, including current phone and email.
  • Completed applicant’s materials should be uploaded via the UrbanArt website only. Hardcopy packets, digital files, and CD-ROMs WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

For more information please contact:

Siphne Sylve, Project Manager

901.454.0474 x101 / ssylve [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org

This RFQ and support materials may be downloaded at www.urbanartcommission.org/open-projects 

 

Disclaimers

Applicants will be notified 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 from 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.

The staff of UrbanArt will 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 discretion of UrbanArt.