Multiple Sculpture RFQs in Memphis

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4 Opportunities for Sculptors in Tennessee Public Art Projects

Read more about these calls with budgets that total $262,500–2 have residency requirements, 2 do not!

The following are UrbanArt Public Art projects. If you have not applied for a project with them before, you will need to upload a profile to their Artist Registry. The Artist’s Handbook provides more details on the process to apply for a commission.

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.

Frayser Branch | Mural RFQ

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Summary: The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning a vibrant public art mural that will enhance the Frayser Branch Library. The selection committee expresses interest in an art installation that will address one of the three Frayser Library’s themes; connecting, learning, and growing. The committee is interested in an installation that shows connections from the neighborhood’s past to the present. The Frayser community has a large pool of active neighborhood associations and they value engagement. Applicants should consider methods to involve and engage nearby neighborhood associations.

Budget: $13,000

Deadline: Friday, May 20, 2016

How to apply: visit the UrbanArt Commission site and locate the Frayser Branch open project.

Eligibility Requirements: Any artist living and working within the Memphis metropolitan, statistical area for two or more years.

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

Click here to read more about the mural commission


Heritage Landing | Sculpture RFQ

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Summary: The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning public art that will enhance Heritage Landing. Given the potential availability of multiple sites at three main entrances to the development, the selection committee expresses interest in multiple public art pieces that will:

  • Serve as a landmark for the community
  • Allow residents and other community members to engage with the artwork
  • Include community workshops to design and/or fabricate the final art pieces

Budget: $88,000

Deadline: Friday, May 20, 2016

How to apply: visit the UrbanArt Commission site and locate the Heritage Landing open project.

Eligibility Requirements: Any artist living and working within the Memphis metropolitan, statistical area for two or more years.

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

Click here to read more about this sculpture call for entries


John F Kennedy Park | Sculpture RFQ

Memphis John F Kennedy Park Sculpture RFQ

Summary: John F. Kennedy Park is a 260.57-acre park. The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning an integrative public art sculpture that will enhance John F. Kennedy Park and the Wolf River Greenway. This project joins two other existing projects along points of the Greenway. The selection committee expresses an interest in multiple public art pieces that will:

  • Attract interest to the Park
  • Connect the entrance to the Greenway with the Recreational area of the Park at multiple sites, with the primary focus at the Greenway
  • Consider the following:

–   Sports activities currently taking place

–   Hiking, birding and other potential activities in the Park’s future

–   The history of the Park

–   Since areas of the Park are subject to flooding on a regular basis, the public art piece must be able to withstand flood conditions

Budget: $71,000

Deadline: Friday, May 20, 2016

How to apply: visit the UrbanArt Commission site and locate the John F Kennedy Park open project.

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

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

Click here to read more about this sculpture RFQ


Army and Navy Parks | Sculpture RFQ

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Summary: Army & Navy Parks have historical significance as the locations where military and family members exchange their goodbyes before getting on the train the nearby Central Station to serve their country.

The Parks currently feature a passive urban plaza, and renovations are in the design phase to construct new water fountains, benches, and picnic tables, and replace existing sidewalks. The Tennessee Historical Commission and the Memphis Chapter of the NAACP and National Park Service are in negotiations to place a historical marker this year to commemorate the Race Riot of 1866 / Massacre in Memphis. The marker will be placed on a single post, standing approximately 7′-0” high with signage 33″h x 43″w in size, placed near the sidewalk or street, most likely at Navy Park.

The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning public art sculptures to enhance Army & Navy Parks. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece for each of the two parks that will:

  • Acknowledge the historical significance of the Parks, while also benefiting the nearby business corridor
  • Provide visitors with the ability to interact with the art through tactile or auditory elements or other methods
  • Engage with both Army Park and Navy Park

Budget: $90,500

Deadline: Friday, May 20, 2016

How to apply: visit the UrbanArt Commission site and locate the Army and Navy Parks open project.

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

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

Click here to read more about the Army & Navy Parks sculpture RFQ

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