RFQ for Zodiac Park Sculpture in Memphis, TN

CALL TO SCULPTORS – REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Deadline: Monday, May 12, 2014, 5 pm
Eligibility: Any artist living and working within the Memphis metropolitan, statistical area for two (2) or more years. No artist may receive more than two art enhancement commissions in any five-year period.
Budget: $65,000
Download the Zodiac Park RFQ

APPLY HERE

BACKGROUND
The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning a work of public art in the form of a sculpture located in the newly built Zodiac Park, located at the intersection of Tchulahoma and Holmes Roads in the Whitehaven Hills Neighborhood of South Memphis. Zodiac Park is a second growth re-forested area, which used to be pasture for a horse farm. The land was designated as a park and donated to the City by developer V.O. Sneed, Sr.

Budget: $65,000, all inclusive. Up to three finalists will receive a $1,500 honorarium for a schematic design.

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.


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RFP for Uptown Bike Racks Project in Memphis, TN

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline: Monday, May 12, 2014, 5pm
Eligibility: Artists currently living in greater Memphis
Budget: $13,600 for four bike racks at $3,400 each
Download the Uptown Bike Racks RFP

APPLY HERE

Project Description
Habitat for Humanity and Uptown Memphis in partnership with the UrbanArt Commission invite artists living in greater Memphis to submit designs and qualifications for three murals in the Uptown neighborhood of Memphis. The Uptown Bike Racks Project will lead to the installation of four neighborhood bike racks. Funding for the project is generously provided through an UrbanLIFT grant from Wells Fargo. The UrbanArt Commission is facilitating the Project.

Located just north of Downtown, Uptown was established in the 1850s as Memphis’ first suburb. Uptown’s residential neighborhood is located north of A.W. Willis Avenue, while the area south of the Avenue is home to the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Pyramid Arena, which is being converted to a flagship Bass Pro Shop and Entertainment Center. The public art initiative is sited in Uptown’s residential area.

The goal of the public art project is to foster neighborhood identity and to enhance the built environment through public art. The bike racks are intended to feature welcoming, original designs and to provide safe spaces for bicyclists to lock their bikes. Parallel to the bike racks, three murals will be will be painted on the sidewalls of the following Uptown businesses: The Bakery at Uptown, Brian’s Grocery and Roxie’s. At a March 24 neighborhood charrette held at the Greenlaw community center, residents and artists developed the following goals and themes for the public art initiative:

• Family and youth
• Nature and trees
• Neighborhood narratives (for inspiration see the attached Uptown Timeline History)
• Opportunity for Uptown branding (“Uptown swings”, “U”)
• Potential for continuation of narratives in the murals

Sites
Four preliminary sites have been designated for the bike racks and alternate sites have been proposed at neighborhood businesses, including Brian’s Grocery, Roxie’s and The Café at Uptown. Final bike rack sites will be confirmed. Currently, the following sites are proposed:

Uptown Park at the corner of Greenlaw Avenue and Greenlaw Place
Southeast corner of the intersection of North Main and Mill
Southwest corner of the intersection of North Second and Mill
Southeast corner of the intersection of North Seventh and Mill

The bike racks should be sculptural and original in form. Artists are invited to submit several designs that could form a series. Site photos are included in the RFP.

Budget
$13,600 for four bike racks at $3,400 each, all inclusive. Please include the cost of pouring a concrete foundation in your proposal.

Projected Timeline
Monday, April 14, 2014                             RFP released
Monday, May 12, 2014                              RFP deadline
By Tuesday, May 27, 2014                         Commissioned artists announced
June 2014                                                  Community process and design revisions
July-September 2014                                 Bike rack fabrication
October 2014                                             Installation

Artist Selection Process & Criteria
The Artist Selection Committee will select the bike racks based on the originality of the designs submitted; professional qualifications; ability to work within a budget and meet deadlines; and successful completion of other public art projects.

Selection Committee
The Art Selection Committee is comprised of representatives of Habitat for Humanity and Uptown Memphis, as well as three community members who were elected at a community charrette on March 24, 2014.

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 “Uptown Bike Racks” 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. NOTE: this should take the form of an official design proposal, including a description of your methods for producing a design and finished project if selected.
  • Images of your design proposal, specifications, drawings and other documents and models as necessary to present a meaningful representation of the concept and design proposal. The proposal shall also specify materials, general dimensions, and preliminary maintenance recommendations.
  • Preliminary project budget.
  • Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages.
  • List of three professional references, including current phone and email.
  • Complete applicant’s materials should be uploaded via the UrbanArt website only. Hardcopy packets, digital files, and CD-Rs will not be accepted. 

For more information please contact:
Siphne Sylve, Director of Public Art
(901) 454-0474 x101 / ssylve [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org
Download the Uptown Bike Racks RFP

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RFP for Three Uptown Community Murals in Memphis, TN

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Deadline: May 12, 2014, 5pm

Eligibility: Artists currently living in Memphis and Shelby County
Budget: $30,000 for three murals at $10,000 each
Download the Uptown Murals RFP

APPLY HERE

Project Description
Habitat for Humanity and Uptown Memphis in partnership with the UrbanArt Commission invite artists living in greater Memphis to submit designs and qualifications for three murals in the Uptown neighborhood of Memphis. The Uptown Mural Project will lead to the installation of three murals at locally owned neighborhood shops, where exterior and façade renovations are scheduled. Funding for the project is generously provided through an UrbanLIFT grant from Wells Fargo. The UrbanArt Commission is facilitating the Project.

Located just north of Downtown, Uptown was established in the 1850s as Memphis’ first suburb. Uptown’s residential neighborhood is located north of A.W. Willis Avenue, while the area south of the Avenue is home to the world-renowned St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Pyramid Arena, which is being converted to a flagship Bass Pro Shop and Entertainment Center. Uptown is visible from the Downtown Convention Center. The Uptown public art initiative is sited in the Uptown’s residential area.

The goal of the public art project is to foster neighborhood identity and to enhance the built environment through public art. Neighborhood volunteers are expected to assist selected artists in executing the murals. Parallel to the murals, four artist-designed bike racks will be installed throughout the community, which will provide welcoming, safe spaces for bicyclists to lock their bikes. At a March 24 neighborhood charrette held at the Greenlaw community center, residents and artists developed the following goals and themes for the murals:

• Family and youth
• Nature and trees
• Neighborhood narratives (for inspiration see the attached Uptown Timeline History)
• Opportunity for Uptown branding (“Uptown swings”, “U”)
• Potential for continuation of narratives in the murals

Mural Sites and Wall Templates
The three murals will be painted on the side walls of Uptown neighborhood businesses. Artists are asked to place their mural designs on the wall templates provided.
Download the mural wall template for The Bakery at Uptown, 258 Bethel St., Memphis TN 38105
Download the mural wall template for Brian’s Grocery, 533 North 5th St., Memphis TN 38105
Download the mural wall template for Roxie’s, 520 North 3rd St., Memphis TN 38105

The murals will measure a minimum of 15 square feet in size. Artists are encouraged to develop designs for and paint the entire wall to achieve a greater presence and impact. Site templates are included in the RFP or can be downloaded at the links above.

APPLY HERE


Budget

$30,000 for three murals at $10,000 each, all inclusive.

Projected Timeline
Monday, April 14, 2014                               RFP released
Monday, May 12, 2014                                RFP deadline
By Tuesday, May 27, 2014                           Commissioned artists announced
June 2014                                                    Community process and design revisions
July-September 2014                                   Mural installations

Artist Selection Process & Criteria
The Artist Selection Committee will select mural designs based on the design submitted; professional qualifications; ability to work within a budget and meet deadlines; and successful completion of other public art projects.

Selection Committee
The Art Selection Committee is comprised of representatives of Habitat for Humanity and Uptown Memphis, as well as three community members who were elected at a community charrette on March 24, 2014.

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 “Uptown Murals” 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. NOTE: this should take the form of an official design proposal, including a description of your narrative and installation process.
  • A mural design proposal using the templates provided in this RFP to present a meaningful representation of the concept.
  • Preliminary project budget.
  • Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages.
  • List of three professional references, including current phone and email.
  • Complete applicant’s materials should be uploaded via the UrbanArt website only. Hardcopy packets, digital files, and CD-Rs will not be accepted.  

For more information please contact:
Siphne Sylve, Director of Public Art
(901) 454-0474 x101 / ssylve [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org

Memphis Slim Collaboratory Mural - RFP

CALL TO ARTISTS – REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Release Date: Wednesday, March 12th 2014

Deadline: Thursday, APRIL 24th 2014

Eligibility: Local Memphis artists 18 years or older.

Design Honoraria: $1,250

RFP posted at www.urbanartcommission.org/open-projects

DOWNLOAD RFP

 BACKGROUND

Community LIFT and the UrbanArt Commission invite local artists to create a design for the Memphis Slim Collaboratory (Collaborative + Laboratory), formally known as the historic Memphis Slim home. The mural design should reflect a since of community and musical collaboration in a functioning environment.

 Community LIFT is a local corporation that is committed to neighborhood growth and development. Also known as LIFT, (Leveraging Investments For Transpiration) Community LIFT, was created in 2010, as a local community development intermediary to fill the void of scaled, comprehensive neighborhood redevelopment. Community LIFT has teamed up with the Memphis Music Magnet in a revitalization effort to transform the vacant Memphis Slim house into a music center. The structure will house opportunities for community artists to learn studio training, video casting, oral history labs and much more.

 DESIGN AWARD

The committee will award $250 for the winning design and $1,000 for fabrication and installation.

 ARTIST SELECTION

Community LIFT along with additional project partners and the UrbanArt Commission will complete the Artist Selection Committee. Each artist is responsible for submitting a design that complies with the selection criteria.

 MURALS LOCATION

Memphis Slim House, 1152 College Street Memphis, TN 38106

 SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE RECYCLING CENTER BEAUTIFICATION MURALS

  • Previous mural experience is not required
  • The design should represent a since of community and collaboration
  • High quality and artistic merit—creative and unique imagery––no clichés or logos
  • Contemporary expression, but simple design that is easily maintained, as necessary
  • Reflect diversity
  • Invite visitors and residents to recognize the District
  • Have universal appeal—interesting, safe and accessible for people of all ages
  • Encourage people to slow down and look around -- create interest
  • Make people feel welcome
  • Sensitive to a variety of pedestrian and vehicular needs
  • The design must be no larger than 10’ x 10’.

 MURAL INSTALLATION

The commissioned artist and select volunteers will install the winning design.

 SCHEDULE

MAR 12 – RFP Issue

APR 24 – RFP Deadline

APR 26 – Community Voting at Stax To The Max

MAY 12 – Begin Installation

 ENTRY FORMAT

MATERIAL TO BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL ONLY

Deadline: APRIL 24TH  2014

 Email 1-3 Mural Designs on Template provided below to

Info [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org

 IMAGE SPECIFICATIONS

  • Submit up to 3 JPEGs or PDFs JPEGS formatted as follows:
  • Name each JPEG or PDF image as follows: lastname_firstname_title.jpg (or PDF)
  • Maximum file size per image – 1 MB
  • 72-300dpi image resolution
  • 1 -2 paragraphs explaining mural design and concept.

 QUESTIONS

Please contact Siphne Sylve, UrbanArt Director of Public Art

Email: ssylve [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org | Tel: 901.454.0474

 Participants are solely responsible for the timely arrival of their entries. Participants, by virtue of entering the competition, agree to save harmless the organizers, sponsors and anyone else involved with the competition for any delay, damage or loss, real or perceived.

 

 

 

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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.