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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 (20 hours per week)
This position is responsible for creating and implementing programs and events and providing support for UAC Project Managers related to public art/design projects. The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director and Project Management team to engage audiences around projects and partnerships.

Reports to: Executive Director

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organize and implement 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
  • 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  

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); 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


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. 

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