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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.

Frayser Branch | Mural RFQ

Frayser Branch | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Release Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2015

Budget: $13,000

Deadline: Friday, May 20, 2015

Download Frayser Branch RFQ

Register Here

Eligibility: Any artist living and working within the Memphis metropolitan, statistical area for two or more years. No artist may receive more than two art enhancement commissions in any five-year period.

BACKGROUND

UrbanArt looks forward to working with the Public Library System to provide quality public art projects that enhance the visual experience at their various branches, focusing on the Frayser Public Library in FY16. We will work with the library staff and community to produce a mural at this branch.

SCOPE OF WORK

The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning a vibrant public art mural that will enhance the Frayser Branch Library. The selection committee expresses interest in an art installation that will address one of the three Frayser Library’s themes; connecting, learning, and growing. The committee is interested in an installation that shows connections from the neighborhood’s past to the present. The Frayser community has a large pool of active neighborhood associations and they value engagement. Applicants should consider methods to involve and engage nearby neighborhood associations.

Other:

There is an interest to incorporate the importance of the Frayser community housing international companies as such applicants should take note of the social, cultural and, economic demographics of the community.

  • Applicants should take note of other public art installations within Frayser
    • James Road Mural by Jeff Unthank
    • Rugby Gates on Overton Park Ave. by Gregg Schlanger
    • Exterior mural at the Frayser Community Center by Jeff Unthank

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.

SITE SPECIFICS

The branch is located at 3712 Argonne St. in the North Memphis neighborhood, just south of North Watkins Ave. The branch is surrounded by residential neighborhoods and various businesses. The North Memphis community has a large auto mechanic population and frequent users of the library’s auto mechanic guides. The Frayser branch has a large amount of computer and technology users of all ages.

PROJECT TIMELINE


Apr 5, 2106             RFQ released

May 20, 2016           RFQ deadline

May 26, 2016           Review Applications

June 1, 2016            Notify finalist artists

June 14, 2016          Release RFP

July 12, 2016           RFP deadline

Aug 18, 2016           Interview Finalists

October 2016           Commission Artist

PROJECT BUDGET

Total Budget $11,500; Design $2,300; Fabrication $9,200, all-inclusive.

Up to three finalists will receive a $500 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 $500 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 “Frayser Branch Library” 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.

Heritage Landing | Sculpture RFQ

Heritage Landing | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Release Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Budget: $88,000 (Percent-for-Art and matching funds)

Deadline: FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

Download Heritage Landing RFQ

Register Here

Eligibility: Any artist living and working within the Memphis metropolitan, statistical area for two or more years. No artist may receive more than two art enhancement commissions in any five-year period.

BACKGROUND

Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing is the former site of Cleaborn Homes, an inner-city public housing complex. The site was replaced with 362 new units including 84 senior apartments, a community center and green spaces. According to the project architects’ website, “the project is part of the 10-year, $1 billion initiative to transform a 20-city-block area south of FedEx Forum.” Heritage Landing is also located within the City’s Memphis Heritage Trail Project.

SITE SPECIFICS

The community center of Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing is located at 440 S. Lauderdale, 38126. The residential units are located between the streets of Vance Ave to the north, Lauderdale St to the west, Georgia Ave to the south, and Orleans St to the east. 

SCOPE OF WORK

The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning public art that will enhance Heritage Landing. Given the potential availability of multiple sites at three main entrances to the development, the selection committee expresses interest in multiple public art pieces that will: 

  • Serve as a landmark for the community
  • Allow residents and other community members to engage with the artwork
  • Include community workshops to design and/or fabricate the final art pieces

The commissioned artist will be selected based on previous experience with the design of exterior sculpture projects, as well as experience collaborating with community members.

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.

PROJECT TIMELINE

April 5, 2016       RFQ released

May 20, 2016      RFQ deadline

June 10, 2016      Notify finalist artists

June 14, 2016      Release RFP

July 12, 2016        RFP deadline

August 18, 2016   Interview Finalists

September 2016   Commission Artist

PROJECT BUDGET

Total Budget $88,000; Design $20,000; Fabrication $68,000, all-inclusive.

Up to three finalists will receive a $1,000 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 $1,000 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 “Heritage Landing” 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:

Allison Hennie, Project Manager

901.454.0474 x102 / ahennie [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. In addition, 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.

John F Kennedy Park | Sculpture RFQ

John F. Kennedy Park | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Release Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Budget: $71,000

Deadline: FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

Download JFK Park | Sculpture RFQ

Register Here

Eligibility: Any artist living in the United States of America. No artist may receive more than two art enhancement commissions in any five-year period.

BACKGROUND

The City of Memphis purchased the land that became Kennedy Park in 1962, and is comparable in size to that of Overton or Audubon Parks. In 1967, citizens of Raleigh and members of the Raleigh Civic Club successfully thwarted the City’s attempts to convert gravel pits within the Park into a sanitary landfill.

In the mid 1970’s, a Zone 2 Office for the Memphis Recreation Department of the Memphis Park Commission opened at 4575 Raleigh-LaGrange Road for registering athletic teams. A Zone 2 Maintenance Compound was built to service the needs of the parks and community centers located in the northeast section of Memphis.  The acreage was eventually developed as baseball and soccer fields. Also within the Park is an Alzheimer's Day Care Center, which opened there in 1988.

SITE SPECIFICS

John F. Kennedy Park is a 260.57-acre park located at 4577 Raleigh-LaGrange Road. Adjacent to the Park is a residential neighborhood, I-240 expressway, car dealerships and businesses. Facilities within the Park include (9) softball fields, (2) soccer fields, the Alzheimer’s Adult Day Care Center, the Northeast Zone Office, and Maintenance Facilities. Minor renovations to the Park’s existing facilities are currently in the design phase and include new bleachers, entry gate, surveillance cameras, signage, along with demolition of deteriorated structures along the Wolf River.

The Park is currently underutilized, however, the planned Wolf River Greenway Project expansion will bring new visitors to the area. The Greenway will be a 12’ corridor of protected green space, which will include a paved pathway for non-motorized transportation, from downtown Memphis through the cities of Germantown and Collierville. The City of Memphis is working in partnership with the Wolf River Conservancy (WRC) on the Wolf River Greenway Project. WRC is managing the project, acquiring funding and developing design documents through the efforts of local businesses, community groups, non-profits, and private donors and foundations. Anticipated completion date for the Greenway is 2021.

SCOPE OF WORK

The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning an integrative public art sculpture that will enhance John F. Kennedy Park and the Wolf River Greenway. This project joins two other existing projects along points of the Greenway. The selection committee expresses an interest in multiple public art pieces that will:

  • Attract interest to the Park
  • Connect the entrance to the Greenway with the Recreational area of the Park at multiple sites, with the primary focus at the Greenway
  • Consider the following:

-   Sports activities currently taking place

-   Hiking, birding and other potential activities in the Park’s future

-   The history of the Park

-   Since areas of the Park are subject to flooding on a regular basis, the public art piece must be able to withstand flood conditions

The commissioned artist will be selected based on previous experience with the design of exterior sculpture 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.

PROJECT TIMELINE

April 5, 2016         RFQ released

May 20, 2016        RFQ deadline

June 10, 2016       Notify finalist artists

June 14, 2016       Release RFP

July 12, 2016        RFP deadline

August 18, 2016   Interview Finalists

September 2016   Commission Artist

PROJECT BUDGET

Project Budget $72,500; Design $14,500; Fabrication $58,000, all-inclusive.

Up to three finalists will receive a $1,000 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 $1,000 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 “Kennedy Park” 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:

Allison Hennie, Project Manager

901.454.0474 x102 / ahennie [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. In addition, 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.

Army and Navy Parks | Sculpture RFQ

Army & Navy Parks | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Release Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Budget: $90,500

Deadline: FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

Download Army and Navy Parks | Sculpture RFQ

Register Here

Eligibility: Any artist currently living in the United States of America. No artist may receive more than two art enhancement commissions in any five-year period.

BACKGROUND

Army & Navy Parks have historical significance as the locations where military and family members exchange their goodbyes before getting on the train the nearby Central Station to serve their country. During the heyday of passenger railroad services in Memphis in the mid-20th century, Army Park and Navy Park were common areas for passengers to grab a breath of fresh air while traveling. 

The Parks currently feature a passive urban plaza, and renovations are in the design phase to construct new water fountains, benches, and picnic tables, and replace existing sidewalks. The Tennessee Historical Commission and the Memphis Chapter of the NAACP and National Park Service are in negotiations to place a historical marker this year to commemorate the Race Riot of 1866 / Massacre in Memphis. The marker will be placed on a single post, standing approximately 7'-0” high with signage 33"h x 43"w in size, placed near the sidewalk or street, most likely at Navy Park.

SITE SPECIFICS

Army & Navy Parks are located at the intersection of 2nd St. and GE Patterson, within the South Main Arts District of downtown Memphis. The Parks are within a 5-minute walk to the business and commercial corridor of South Main, including The National Civil Rights Museum, the Downtown Farmer’s Market and Amtrak Station, along with locally owned restaurants and retail shops.

The site is also less than a 5-minute walk to the Central Station redevelopment project. The Central Station proposal includes a new apartment, hotel, movie theater, and restaurant. Also planned is a connection between the South Main Arts District and the multi-use trail of the Harahan Bridge Project, two miles from the Parks. These Parks will benefit from the anticipated pedestrian and bike traffic these redevelopment projects will bring to the area.

SCOPE OF WORK

The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning public art sculptures to enhance Army & Navy Parks. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece for each of the two parks that will:

  • Acknowledge the historical significance of the Parks, while also benefiting the nearby business corridor
  • Provide visitors with the ability to interact with the art through tactile or auditory elements or other methods
  • Engage with both Army Park and Navy Park

The commissioned artist will be selected based on previous experience with the design of exterior sculpture 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.

 PROJECT TIMELINE

April 5, 2016        RFQ released

May 20, 2016       RFQ deadline

June 10, 2016       Notify finalist artists

June 14, 2016       Release RFP

July 12, 2016        RFP deadline

August 18, 2016   Interview Finalists

September 2016    Commission Artist

PROJECT BUDGET

Project Budget $90,500; Design $18,100; Fabrication $72,400, all-inclusive.

Up to three finalists will receive a $1,500 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 $1,500 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 “Army & Navy Parks” 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:

Allison Hennie, Project Manager

901.454.0474 x102 / ahennie [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. In addition, 

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.