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HOW TO APPLY TO OPEN OPPORTUNITIES

UAC now posts all open opportunities and accepts applications online via Submittable (unless otherwise specified).

Paper applications may also be submitted to UAC’s office at 3485 Poplar Avenue Suite 225, Memphis, TN 38111. 

NOTE: You will no longer need to join UAC’s Artist Registry within urbanartcommission.org to apply to an opportunity. Instead, follow the steps below to apply to any open UAC opportunity via Submittable:

  1. To apply to an open Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or Request for Proposals (RFP), click on the opportunity that you are interested in to view more details (posted on the left of this page).
  2. Clicking on the Submit button will redirect you to our Submittable page, which contains all of our current open opportunities. Click the Submit button next to the opportunity that you wish to apply for, or if you are already within an opportunity, scroll down to the Create your account / Have an account? Sign in form.
  3. If you already have a Submittable account, click the Have an account? Sign in tab to sign in to your account. If you don’t remember your password, use the Forgot? link on the login form.
  4. If you don’t have a Submittable account, you must create one to apply. Create your free account by filling out the Create your account form. Fill in all information and click the Create Account and Continue button to continue with the submission process.
  5. From there, you will be able to complete and submit your application. You can now use this account login when submitting to all future UAC opportunities, and any opportunities posted on Submittable by other organizations.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email that confirms receipt of your full application. If you do not receive this email or encounter any technical difficulties, please email us at info [at] urbanartcommission [dot] org or call at 901.454.0474.

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 emailed to 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 your current resume with contact information and a statement of interest no longer than 3 paragraphs in length to: info [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.

DUNBAR ELEMENTARY RFQ

City of Memphis' Percent-for-Art Program // UrbanArt Commission

DUNBAR ELEMENTARY | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

 

Release Date: Wednesday, September 27th

Budget: $65,000

Deadline: Sunday, December 31st

Eligibility: Any artist living and working within the Memphis metropolitan, statistical area. Artists are invited to apply as a team if desirable. 

DOWNLOAD THE DUNBAR ELEMENTARY RFQ HERE

BACKGROUND

Dunbar Elementary is situated in the historic Orange Mound neighborhood, which received national recognition from former First Lady Michelle Obama as a Preserve America community. Orange Mound was the first community in the South in the late nineteenth century where African Americans could own property and build and own homes, an important source of pride to the Orange Mound community to this day. The community is named for orange trees that grew in the neighborhood and has been home to a number of prominent Memphians including T.O. Jones, Willie Mitchell, Erma Clanton, Rochelle Stevenson and Larry Finch among many others.

Named after famed African-American poet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Dunbar Elementary has served Orange Mound community for 60 years. Constructed in 1958 following the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board Education decision, Dunbar Elementary was built within the context of "separate but equal" schooling options. Over the past several years, Dunbar Elementary has been threatened with closure. Through overwhelming opposition from the community and Dunbar Elementary PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), the school board has been persuaded to keep the school open.

 

SITE SPECIFICS

Dunbar Elementary is located on Select Avenue between David Street and Hamilton Street. Directly behind the school to the North is Melrose Stadium, which is used by various teams, schools, and community organizations to host a variety of events throughout the year. 

A great number of students that attend Dunbar Elementary on Select Avenue walk to school along David Street from either Deadrick Avenue to the South or Park Avenue to the North. To help increase pedestrian safety the City of Memphis is implementing improved sidewalks, high visibility crosswalks, and signage at the intersection of Select Avenue and David Street. To complement these pedestrian safety improvements at Select Avenue and David Street, UrbanArt Commission (UAC) has partnered with the City of Memphis to create a public art project on school property.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

UAC is partnering with the City of Memphis to produce a sculpture or series of sculptures that enhances planned pedestrian safety improvements surrounding Dunbar Elementary. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will:

  • Inspire youth to stride for new educational heights
  • Reflect the pride and togetherness the community has historically showcased
  • Interactive for people of all ages and varying abilities
  • Durable, resistant to vandalism 

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

UAC and the City of Memphis are committed to equity and inclusion in our work. People of color, LGBTQIA individuals, differently abled persons, indigenous peoples and women are strongly encouraged.

 

SELECTION COMMITTEE

Joyce Coleman – ArtUp fellow

Luella Marshall – Orange Mound Gallery, ArtUp fellow

Quinn McGowan – Visual artist

Gerard Harris – Visual artist

Deepti Deshpande – Self + Tucker Architects

Dru Davison – Shelby County Schools

Matthew Pitts – City of Memphis, Engineering

Elizabeth Thompson Bringle, City of Memphis, Engineering (non-voting)

 

PROJECT TIMELINE

             Wednesday, September 27, 2017           RFQ released

             Sunday, December 31, 2017                  RFQ deadline

             Friday, January 12, 2018                        Notify finalists

             Friday, February 23, 2018                      RFP deadline

 

PROJECT BUDGET

Total Budget $65,000; Design $13,000; Fabrication $52,000, all-inclusive.

Up to three finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium for a schematic design.

 

FINALIST REQUIREMENTS

The artist 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

UAC now posts all open opportunities and accepts applications online through Submittable. Note that you will no longer need to join UAC’s Artist Registry within urbanartcommission.org to apply to an opportunity. Instead, follow the steps below to apply to an open UAC opportunity through Submittable:

  1. To apply to an open Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or Request for Proposals (RFP), go to www.urbanartcommission.org/open-projects. Click on the opportunity that you are interested in to view more details.
  2. Clicking on the Submit button will redirect you to our Submittable page, which contains all of our current open opportunities. Click the Submit button next to the opportunity that you wish to apply for, or if you are already within an opportunity, scroll down to the Create your account / Have an account? Sign in form.
  3. If you already have a Submittable account, click the Have an account? Sign in tab to sign in to your account. If you don’t remember your password, use the Forgot? link on the login form.
  4. If you don’t have a Submittable account, you must create one to apply. Create your free account by filling out the Create your account form. Fill in all information and click the Create Account and Continue button to continue with the submission process.
  5. From there, you will be able to complete and submit your application. You can now use this account login when submitting to all future UAC opportunities. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email that confirms receipt of your full application.

Please review the UAC Artist’s Handbook for detailed instructions for applying to UAC projects and how the selection process works. A copy may be downloaded from the ‘Artists’ Handbook’ section of the UAC website – www.urbanartcommission.org/artists

Please submit the following materials online by following the “Dunbar Elementary” 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.
  • List of three professional references, including current phone and email.
  • Complete applicant’s materials should be uploaded via the UAC website only. Hardcopy packets, digital files, and CD-ROMs will not be accepted. 

 

For more information please contact:

Kerri Malone, Project Manager

901.552.5039 / kmalone [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 UAC and the pursuit of all UAC activities are implemented without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability or age.

UAC reserves the right to modify this solicitation and to request additional information from participating artists.

UAC 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 UAC 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 UAC.

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COSSITT LIBRARY RFQ

City of Memphis' Percent-for-Art Program

UrbanArt Commission 

COSSITT LIBRARY FAÇADE AND GROUNDS | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

 

Release Date: Wednesday, September 27th

Budget: $145,500

Deadline: Sunday, December 31st

Eligibility: Any artist living and working within the Memphis metropolitan, statistical area. Artists are invited to apply as a team if desirable.

DOWNLOAD COSSITT LIBRARY RFQ HERE 

BACKGROUND

The historic Cossitt Library sits at the corner of Front Street and Monroe Avenue in downtown Memphis. Built in 1893, the building served as the City's main library collection until the opening of the Memphis Public Library at Peabody and McLean in 1955. In 1959, the original Cossitt building was torn down and replaced with the Mid-Century Modern structure that exists now. Cossitt Library was also an important site during sit-ins in 1960 when African American students from LeMoyne Owen College were barred access to the library. The students were represented by a number of prominent lawyers active in the Civil Rights Movement including Benjamin L. Hooks, Ben Jones, J.F. Estes, A.W. Willis, Odell Horton and Russell Sugermon. The trial went to the Supreme Court where the court ultimately ruled that public facilities had to be open to all residents regardless of race.

Cossitt remains an active branch library serving the needs of the downtown community and is a key site involved in the Civic Commons revitalization effort. Reimagining the Civic Commons is a national initiative that seeks to counter economic and social fragmentation in our cities by revitalizing and connecting public places such as parks, plazas, trails and libraries to bring together people from different backgrounds. By creating greater connectivity between thriving civic assets, the funding will create a unifying place in downtown, bringing together citizens of various backgrounds who might not ordinarily meet. In Memphis, assets within the Civic Commons have been identified as Cossitt Library, Memphis Park, Mississippi River Park and the University of Memphis Law School promenade. As part of the revitalization of the Civic Commons, Cossitt Library will undergo a mid-century inspired interior and exterior renovation developed by Groundswell Design Group. Moreover, the library is expanding its programming to challenge the definition of what resources a library can provide. When Cossitt Library reopens in Spring 2018, it will offer a variety of classes and creative, dance, performance, technology and programming workshops. 

In turn the City of Memphis has partnered with UAC to commission a large-scale sculpture project for the exterior of the library that encapsulates the new expanded use of the library and the reinvigorated visitor experience from improvements to the interior and exterior.

 

SITE SPECIFICS

Cossitt Library is located in core of downtown at the intersection of Front Street and Monroe Avenue. The library sits inset from the street level, features a courtyard on the east side, and green space on the west side. Sitting on the bluff of the Mississippi River, the back of the library overlooks Riverside Drive, the Mississippi River, and Mississippi River Park. To the North of Cossitt sits University of Memphis Law Library, and Memphis Park.

 

SCOPE OF WORK

UrbanArt Commission is partnering with the City of Memphis to produce a large sculpture that attracts and engages Memphians and visitors to the library. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will: 

  • Provide an interactive element that engages visitors and encourages use of the library's extensive and expanded services
  • Be durable to sustain interactive use
  • Considers the mid-century architecture and history of the library

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

UAC and the City of Memphis are committed to equity and inclusion in our work. People of color, LGBTQIA individuals, differently abled persons, indigenous peoples and women are strongly encouraged.

 

SELECTION COMMITTEE

Lauryce Graves-McIver – Memphis Library Foundation

Shamichael Hallman – Cossitt Library, Branch Manager

Andria Lisle – Fourth Bluff

David Fierabend – Groundswell Design Group

Penelope Huston – Downtown Memphis Commission

Joel Parsons – Visual artist, Rhodes College Clough Hanson Gallery

Terry Lynn – Visual artist

Cheryl Swift – City of Memphis, Engineering (non-voting)

 

PROJECT TIMELINE
           

PROJECT TIMELINE

             Wednesday, September 27, 2017           RFQ released

             Sunday, December 31, 2017                  RFQ deadline

             Friday, January 12, 2018                        Notify finalists

             Friday, February 23, 2018                      RFP deadline

           

 

PROJECT BUDGET

Total Budget $145,500; Design $29,100; Fabrication $116,400, all-inclusive.

Up to three finalists will receive a $1,500 honorarium for a schematic design.

 

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

UAC now posts all open opportunities and accepts applications online through Submittable. Note that you will no longer need to join UAC’s Artist Registry within urbanartcommission.org to apply to an opportunity. Instead, follow the steps below to apply to an open UAC opportunity through Submittable:

  1. To apply to an open Request for Qualifications (RFQ) or Request for Proposals (RFP), go to www.urbanartcommission.org/open-projects. Click on the opportunity that you are interested in to view more details.
  2. Clicking on the Submit button will redirect you to our Submittable page, which contains all of our current open opportunities. Click the Submit button next to the opportunity that you wish to apply for, or if you are already within an opportunity, scroll down to the Create your account / Have an account? Sign in form.
  3. If you already have a Submittable account, click the Have an account? Sign in tab to sign in to your account. If you don’t remember your password, use the Forgot? link on the login form.
  4. If you don’t have a Submittable account, you must create one to apply. Create your free account by filling out the Create your account form. Fill in all information and click the Create Account and Continue button to continue with the submission process.
  5. From there, you will be able to complete and submit your application. You can now use this account login when submitting to all future UAC opportunities. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email that confirms receipt of your full application.

Please review the UAC Artist’s Handbook for detailed instructions for applying to UAC projects and how the selection process works. A copy may be downloaded from the ‘Artists’ Handbook’ section of the UAC website – www.urbanartcommission.org/artists 

Please submit the following materials online by following the “Cossitt 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.
  • 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-ROMs will not be accepted. 

 

For more information please contact:

Kerri Malone, Project Manager

901.552.5039 / kmalone [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 UAC and the pursuit of all UAC activities are implemented without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability or age.

UAC reserves the right to modify this solicitation and to request additional information from participating artists.

UAC 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 UAC 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 UAC.

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