Artwork Purchase for Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region
Deadline: January 15, 2014
Eligibility: Artists from the greater Memphis region
Budget: $25,000 for up to 29 framed works in 2D with an emphasis on photography
Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR), in partnership with the UrbanArt Commission, is seeking 2D artwork reflecting the young, urban, positive outlook representative of the individuals and community served. In line with the mission to provide first-class care to the residents of Memphis and conscious of the positive therapeutic effect of the visual arts, funds have been earmarked to enhance the PPGMR Building with the work of Memphis artists. Up to 29 framed, 2D works with an emphasis on photography will be purchased. The Selection Committee may decide to purchase individual works or a series of related pieces from any of the artists submitting works. The work will reflect the diversity of the Memphis community and is intended to feature relationships of all ages and types, including the LGBTQ community. Hidden gems of Memphis locales are also of interest. The goal is to create a welcoming environment for all patients, families and friends, staff, and the general visiting public. PPGMR seeks to enhance the overall appearance and therapeutic environment provided for patients.
Founded in 1938, PPGMR offers high quality, affordable reproductive health services and a wide variety of family planning options. PPGMR is a trusted, nonjudgmental health care provider working to empower the people in their community. Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis has a vision of compassion and equity in health care for Memphis residents.
The UrbanArt Commission in tandem with PPGMR, is facilitating the selection and placement of the artwork. An award winning non-profit, UrbanArt, works with various partners to enhance the community through public art and placemaking. We celebrate diversity in everything we do.
Types of Work
Purchase 25-29 existing 2D works for the 1st floor patient area, including patient waiting rooms, counseling rooms and hallways, ranging in size from 24 to 36 inches in height/width. Work must be durable, low maintenance and appropriate for locations accessible to the public.
• Purchase price per artwork will generally range between $600 and $1,200
• Media: photographs, works on canvas or paper and/or other wall-mounted 2D media - surfaces must be robust and easy to clean
• All photography and works on paper need to be professionally framed with archival matting or floated inside the frame
• Mats and frames should be neutral in color - white, off-white, light tan, light gray, or black.
Wed, January 15, 2014 Call for Entries Deadline
Fri, January 24, 2014 Artist notifications
Mon, February 17, 2014 Delivery of framed, ready-to-hang artwork
How to Apply
Artists new to the UrbanArt Commission need to join the online Artist Registry prior to submitting any works for this Call for Entries. Artists already registered can access their account via their password to upload new works or select appropriate works from their portfolios and/or a current resume. Complete applicant’s materials need to be uploaded via the UrbanArt Opportunities website link located in the box to the left.
Please upload the following materials for the PPGMR direct purchase project:
- Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages including name, full address, phone, email, and website if applicable.
- Between 3-10 high-quality images of 2D artworks available for purchase.
- List of three professional references, including current phone and email.
Hardcopy packets, digital files, and CD-Rs will not be accepted.
For more information please contact
Brittney Bullock, Project Manager, UrbanArt Commission
(901) 454-0474 / bboyd [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org
Late applications will not be accepted. 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 panel. 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.
Broad Avenue Water Tower Public Art Project
Budget: $70,000. Finalists will receive $1,000 honoraria for proposal development.
Deadline: Friday, November 8, 2013
Eligibility: Artists currently living in the United States of America
Scope of Work
The Binghampton Development Corporation, in partnership with the UrbanArt Commission, the Broad Avenue Arts District and Loeb Properties, are inviting artists/teams to apply for the Broad Avenue Water Tower Public Art Project, which will lead to the installation of a public piece on the water tower—transforming water tower into a work of public art. The Water Tower Public Art Project is part of a larger placemaking initiative that includes the transformation of the warehouse dock below the warehouse into a performing arts stage on weekends. When completed, the transformed water tower will serve as an iconic beacon and district gateway—a symbol and gathering place for the community to come and enjoy Broad Avenue as a place dedicated to the arts: enjoying arts and culture in all forms, as well as shopping, creating, learning and experiencing the place.
The commissioned artist/team will be selected based on previous experience with the design and production of exterior public art installations. The water tower concept could include lighting or other innovative 2D or 3D concepts beyond a mural design. Applicants are expected to have the technical capabilities to design and install such projects, including preparation of maintenance instructions. The finished project must require little to no regular maintenance. The selected artist/team will be expected to engage the community and collaborate closely with the project team, as well as other partners as appropriate for the successful installation of this creative placemaking project. Commissioned artists may choose to work with outside contractors to fabricate the actual work of art.
The project is funded by a grant from ArtPlace America, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies accelerating creative placemaking across the U.S. Loeb Properties owns the property and has graciously given the Broad Avenue Art District rights to use of the water tower. The UrbanArt Commission is facilitating the project.
Site and Project Description
The 1945 water tower is located along Broad Avenue, at the corner of Broad Avenue and Merton Street (2542 Broad Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112). It is located on the roof of a warehouse. The water tower is approximately 140 feet tall; the barrel is 23 feet 6 inches high and 69 feet 4 inches in circumference. Access to the water tower is from the roof of the warehouse. It is viewed 360 degrees and is easily visible from distances over one mile.
The loading dock adjacent to the water tower is being converted into an industrial style amphitheater. Community-based performances (dance, music, theatre) will be featured. The project is adjacent to a state of the art bicycle cycle track which will be built in 2014.
Broad Avenue Arts District History
The Broad Avenue Arts District is located in the Binghampton community of Memphis. Seven years ago artists energized Broad Avenue’s revitalization. Wonderful early 1900s-era storefronts line the south side of the street, with the warehouse and water tower on the north side of Broad Avenue. The Broad Avenue Arts District is a family-oriented business and residential community that is committed to enhancing both the arts and Memphis’ burgeoning bicycle lifestyle, as well as being the connection point for a diverse community.
Broad Avenue is cited nationally for a transformative approach to prioritization of public resources, tactical urbanism and transportation policy. The efforts of the business association have led to more than $20 million in reinvestment in the community and more than 20 new businesses opening over the past five years.
Tue, October 15, 2013 – Release RFQ
Fri, November 8, 2013 – RFQ Deadline
Tue, December 3, 2013 – Artist notification
Fri, February 7, 2013 – Finalist proposals due
Sat, April 26, 2014 – Finalists present proposals during Crosstown Arts MemFeast
October 2014 – Installation completed
Artist Selection Process & Criteria
Professional qualifications; ability to work with community, within budget and deadlines; and successful completion of other public art projects are key selection criteria. The Artist Selection Committee will select up to 5 finalists who will be invited to prepare proposals. Proposals will be reviewed by the Artist Selection Committee, which will rank proposals and choose up to five designs for presentation at MemFeast. MemFeast annually hosts large-scale catered, community-wide dinner parties, at which artists present ideas and everyone in attendance votes on which project will be funded.
Travel hosts and stipends in the amount of $500 are available for out-of-state applicants in addition to the proposal development honoraria.
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 ‘Artist’s Toolkit’ section of UrbanArt's website
Please submit the following materials online by following the “Broad Avenue Water Tower” link at www.urbanartcommission.org/open-projects:
- Typed, letter explaining your interest in the project and your general approach/concept to its design and production. NOTE: this should not take the form of a formal design proposal, but rather a description of your methods for producing a design and finished project if selected.
- Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages.
- Images of your work that are relevant to this project and are good representations of your style of work, 20 maximum. Proposals are not expected during this phase.
- Image identification sheet with location, brief description, and project budget.
- 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, UrbanArt Commission
(901) 454-0474 / ssylve [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org
1. Art & design internships for murals /public art in Memphis
2. Public Relations & Social Media interns
The UrbanArt Commission’s Public Art Community Outreach Program is designed to design and implement requests for small-scale, community-based public art projects UAC receives from citizens who are in underserved, perhaps isolated, communities throughout the City of Memphis.
Under the supervision of qualified UrbanArt Commission staff, the interns will meet with community groups and assist in designing and executing and promoting the program and its goals for the project and the need for public art in their community. The UrbanArt Commission hires interns in undergraduate and graduate programs:
1. Art & design interns assist in designing and executing murals
2. Public Relations/Communications/Social Media interns communicate UrbanArt programs and projects through our website and other social media outlets, in addition to conducting impact surveys.
Each intern will be trained in public art community-outreach and will be responsible for engaging with community under the supervision of Executive Director Christina Lanzl and Siphne Sylve, UrbanArt Commission Project Manager and Coordinator of Community Outreach and Education.
Applicaton Process: Please send an email stating your interest and a brief bio or resume to:
Christina Lanzl, Executive Director
UrbanArt Commission, 3485 Poplar Avenue, Suite 225
PO Box 11689
Memphis, TN 38111
clanzl [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org
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 'Percent for 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.