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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.

Denver Park RFQ

Denver Park | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

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Release Date: Monday, July 01, 2015

Budget: $35,000

Deadline: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

Eligibility: Any artist or artist team living in the United States of America.

NOTE: No artist may receive more than two art enhancement commissions in any five-year period.

BACKGROUND

In the recent past, Denver Park was dominated by gang activity that deterred use by children and residents in the area. In 2012 Memphis Police formed a community outreach program called COP, which transformed the 14-acres of land into a zero tolerance zone while working closely with the Denver Park Neighborhood Association.

The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning an integrative public art piece that will enhance the newly renovated park and provide an important site-specific art element for the public. The park is located in the Frayser-Raleigh neighborhood, near the intersection of Bigelow and Tulsa near Overton Crossing.

SCOPE OF WORK

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 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 10-acre parcel contains many large, mature shade trees, has a small creek flowing through it, and has access to the neighborhood from Bigelow and Pueblo Street. The vision for Denver Park’s improvements includes a half-mile, asphalt-walking trail that spans both sides of the creek and ties the park space together. The trail intersects with the creek at two places at which pedestrian bridges are proposed. A cluster of adult exercise equipment and a new basketball court are also planned.

PROJECT TIMELINE

July 01, 2105           RFQ released

Sept 4, 2015            RFQ deadline

Sept 11, 2015          Notify finalist artists

Sept 14, 2015          Release RFP

Oct 12, 2015           RFP deadline

Oct 22, 2015           Interview finalists

October 2015          Commission artist

PROJECT BUDGET

Total Budget $35,000; Design $8,000; Fabrication $24,000, 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 “Denver 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:

Siphne Sylve, Director of Public Art

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. 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.

Halle Park RFQ

Halle Park Public Artwork | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

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Release Date:  Friday, July 24, 2015

Budget:  $85,000

Deadline:  FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015

Eligibility:  Any artist or artist team living in the United States of America.

NOTE:  No artist may receive more than two art enhancement commissions in any five-year period.

Background

Halle Park, a 31 acre parcel of land, is a gathering of fitness and wellness opportunities for the community. The park contains Arthur Halle Stadium, two ball fields and four basketball courts, and given that they’re lit, all are highly used in the evening hours.

A mural showcasing the activities seen taking place around the park has been designed for the face of the stadium by Jerry and Terry Lynn, to be completed by the end of 2015.

Scope of Work

The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are seeking to commission an iconic sculpture that will serve as a landmark identifier for District 3 and function as a Gateway to the District for the public.  The project's Selection Committee desires this Gateway to reflect both the diversity and history of the area.

Site Specifics

Halle Park is situated approximately one mile south of the I-240 and Mt. Moriah Road interchange.  Mt. Moriah Road serves as an important main artery for District 3.  The proposed location for the sculpture is in the vicinity of the south entrance to Halle Park.

Project Timeline

July 24, 2015                        RFQ Released

August 21, 2015                   RFQ Deadline

September 2, 2015                Notify Finalist artists

September 9, 2015                Release RFP

September 23, 2015              RFP Deadline

October 5, 2015                    Interview finalists

October 2015                        Commission artist

Project Budget

Total Budget $85,000; Design $ 20,000; Fabrication $60,500; all inclusive.  Up to three finalists will receive a $1,500 honorarium for a site specific 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 “Halle 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.
  • Resume, not to exceed two 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:

Lauren Hegger, Project Manager

901.221.4077 / lhegger [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.

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Gaston Park RFQ

Release Date: Monday, August 3, 2015

Budget: $35,000

Deadline: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

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

The site of John Gaston’s home was used to build a community center in 1933.The center was refurbished as a head-start center and a community library was added. The 5,100 sqft Gaston Park Library was built with federal and municipal funds and was last renovated in 1990.

SCOPE OF WORK

The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning an interactive public art sculpture or mural that will enhance the library at Gaston Park. The selection committee expresses interest in a public art piece that will serve as a landmark for the library and encourage customers of all ages to come inside. The committee is interested in topics of information, technology, local history, and the ability to interact with the art through tactile elements or other methods. The committee also expressed interest in attracting youth and young adult customers to the library.