Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority | UrbanArt Commission
MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Release Date: Monday February 24, 2020
Budget: $125,000 (includes three finalist honoraria of $1,500 each)
DEADLINE EXTENDED: FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020, at 11:59 pm
Eligibility: Any artist currently living and working in the Memphis, TN and/or Shelby County. Artists are invited to apply as a team if desired.

BACKGROUND
The Memphis International Airport is being reimagined as the facility undergoes an important renovation. A dramatic enhancement of the B concourse is currently underway, and will be completed by April 2021.  Memphis’s aviation industry dates back to 1927, when city Mayor Watkins Overton formed the Municipal Airport Planning Commission. The Commission broke ground on a 200-acre tract of open countryside seven miles from Downtown, and the Memphis Municipal Airport opened for regular passenger and mail service in 1929. The current terminal, a modern design by architect Roy P. Harrover, was dedicated in 1963. The growing facility changed its name to Memphis International Airport, and in 1974, the building expanded into its current configuration.

The renovated concourse B pays homage to Harrover’s mid-century modern design, with sweeping vaulted ceilings and minimalist furniture, along with updates like large windows, natural wood accent walls, and a contemporary color palette. This modernization will provide visitors and Memphians alike with an inviting experience, and a taste of what Memphis has to offer. 

As part of the overall reimagining of the airport, $1.5 million has been allocated to produce new site-specific public art projects at key locations throughout the facility. These projects include a large suspended sculpture, a permanent exhibition of 2D work by local artists, and three art glass installations.

SITE SPECIFICS
A low-ceilinged passageway, with retail and concessions on both sides, will connect the existing security checkpoint to the reimagined concourse. Two large horizontal walls are located above both of the entrances to this passageway; travellers entering and exiting the concourse will pass directly underneath these walls.

SCOPE OF WORK
UrbanArt Commission (UAC) is partnering with the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) to commission a public art project that welcomes visitors to the reinvented Concourse and to Memphis. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will:

  • Create a warm welcome to Memphis and the renovated concourse for visitors entering and exiting the Memphis International Airport
  • Be entirely wall-bound, to support the flow of pedestrians 
  • Captivate visitors with color, light, and movement. Murals, sculptures, and mixed media installations are all acceptable - designs incorporating lighting, kinetic elements, or interactive/responsive elements are all encouraged
  • Accommodate signage and wayfinding needs
  • Respond to the aesthetic of the reinvented concourse, which features warm tones and natural wood, minimalist contemporary furniture, vaulted parabolic ceilings, and natural light from long curtain-wall windows

The selection committee will select three finalists based on their applications, professional qualifications, ability to work within a budget and meet deadlines, and the successful completion of previous large-scale art installations. Artists with limited experience creating large-scale public art projects are advised to consider applying with a team to provide skills or experience not demonstrated by an artist's portfolio.The commissioned artist/s will be selected based on the strength of their proposal following the RFP invitation. Applicants are expected to have the technical capabilities to design and install such projects, which includes managing subcontractors and providing maintenance instructions for the completed piece. The finished project should require little to no regular maintenance. The artist/s selected shall be expected to collaborate closely with site engineers, landscape architects, and any other necessary parties for the successful installation of the project. Please note that commissioned artists are permitted to work with outside contractors to fabricate and install the actual work of art. 

UAC is committed to equity and inclusion in our work, both in the artists and organizations supported through the development of public art. UAC is especially interested in applications from artists who have not previously received public art commissions. People of color, differently-abled persons, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+, seniors, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

SELECTION COMMITTEE
Darrell Thomas – Founder & CEO, Thomas Consultants, Inc.; MSCAA Board of Commissioners

Pamela Clary – Executive Vice President, Community Capital; MSCAA Board of Commissioners

Gregory Fletcher – MSCAA Board of Commissioners

Richard Lou – Professor and Chair of Department of Fine Art, University of Memphis

Faith Morris – Chief Marketing and External Affairs Officer, National Civil Rights Museum

Whitney Hardy – Founder, 3RDSPACE

Maggie Russell  – Visual Artist

Lucy Woodson – Founder, Worlds Away

Brenda Duckett – Community Leader

Metcalf Crump – Owner & Architect, The Crump Firm

Jim Keras – Owner, Jim Keras Automotive Group; MSCAA Board of Commissioners

Brian Bullard – Owner & Architect, UrbanArch Associates

James Hay – Director of Development, MSCAA

Glen Thomas – Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications, MSCAA

Scott Brockman – President & CEO, MSCAA (non-voting)

PROJECT TIMELINE
Monday, February 24, 2020:   RFQ released 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 5:30 – 7 pm:   Information session hosted by UAC 

Thursday, March 26, 2019 – 3 – 7 pm:  Office Hours hosted by UAC  

Monday, April 6, 2020:   RFQ deadline 

By Friday, April 25, 2020:   Notify finalists of RFP invitation 

Monday, June 1, 2020:   RFP deadline  

Week of June 1, 2020:   Finalist presentations to committee 

September 2020:   Final designs complete 

April 2021: Installation complete

PROJECT BUDGET
Total Budget $125,000; Design $31,250, Fabrication $93,750, all-inclusive. Total project budget includes $1,500 honoraria for up to three finalists to support the development of proposal designs.

FINALIST REQUIREMENTS
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
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.uacmem.org/calls-to-artists. 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 submit the following materials online by following the “Memphis International Airport - Security Checkpoint” link at www.uacmem.org/calls-to-arists

  • 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.

UAC will host an information session and two opportunities to workshop submissions with the UAC team for artists interested in learning more about this opportunity. Artists are encouraged to schedule time at one of these sessions to discuss their application, particularly if applying as a team or if the interested artist has not received a public art commission previously. UAC staff is also available outside of these sessions to support artists in the process.

INFORMATION SESSIONS:
UAC will host an information session for artists interested in learning more about this project:

Wednesday, March 11, 5:30 - 7 PM, UAC offices, 422 N. Cleveland St.

Artists may also schedule a meeting with UAC staff to review their application and portfolio. Appointments are available Wednesday, March 26 between 3 and 7 PM. Contact A.M. O'Malley-Miller at 901.881.8205 or am@uacmem.org to schedule a meeting during that time or if alternate times are needed or artists are not based in Memphis.

For more information about the project please contact:
Wendy Young | Program Manager
901.343.6983| wendy@uacmem.org
This RFQ and support materials are also available at :https://uacmem.org/calls-to-artists

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.

Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority | UrbanArt Commission
MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Release Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Budget: $350,000 (includes three finalist honoraria of $1,500 each)
Deadline: Monday, April 6, 2020, at 11:59 pm
Eligibility: Any artist currently living and working in the United States. Artists are invited to apply as a team if desired.

BACKGROUND
The Memphis International Airport is being reimagined as the facility undergoes an important renovation. A dramatic enhancement of the B concourse is currently underway, and will be completed by April 2021.  Memphis’s aviation industry dates back to 1927, when city Mayor Watkins Overton formed the Municipal Airport Planning Commission. The Commission broke ground on a 200-acre tract of open countryside seven miles from Downtown, and the Memphis Municipal Airport opened for regular passenger and mail service in 1929. The current terminal, a modern design by architect Roy P. Harrover, was dedicated in 1963. The growing facility changed its name to Memphis International Airport, and in 1974, the building expanded into its current configuration.

The renovated concourse B pays homage to Harrover’s mid-century modern design, with sweeping vaulted ceilings and minimalist furniture, along with updates like large windows, natural wood accent walls, and a contemporary color palette. This modernization will provide visitors and Memphians alike with an inviting experience, and a taste of what Memphis has to offer. 

As part of the overall reimagining of the airport, $1.5 million has been allocated to produce new site-specific public art projects at key locations throughout the facility. These projects include a large suspended sculpture, a permanent exhibition of 2D work by local artists, and three art glass installations.

SITE SPECIFICS
The project site is located at the southeast end of the new concourse, and serves as the focal point for the renovated facility. The sculpture will also be visible from the exterior of the concourse to arriving and departing passengers. The space can accommodate a low-profile hanging sculpture(s). The available area is approximately 40’ wide by 260’ long by 5’ high. The sculpture(s) will be suspended from the structure above the  ceiling by steel cables. Exact weight requirements and anchor locations will be discussed with finalists; artists are advised to consider lightweight materials for this project.

SCOPE OF WORK
UrbanArt Commission (UAC) is partnering with the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) to produce a large-scale, suspended sculpture in the southeast area of the redesigned Concourse B. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will:

  • Create a bold, statement project that will draw airport users through the facility
  • Respond to the aesthetic of the reinvented concourse, which features warm tones and natural wood, light and sophisticated, minimalist contemporary furniture, vaulted angular ceilings, and natural light from long curtain-wall windows

The commissioned artist/s will be expected to engage with the local artist community at some point during the design or fabrication process to share their experience executing this project and artistic practice. Possible engagement opportunities could include a public talk, a site visit during installation, and/or participation in the creation of behind-the-scenes videos. The UAC team will support and facilitate this opportunity in collaboration with the selected artist.

The artist selection committee will select three finalists based on their applications, professional qualifications, ability to work within a budget, ability to meet deadlines, and experience completing previous public art projects. Artists with limited experience creating large-scale public art projects are advised to consider applying with a team to provide skills or experience not demonstrated by an artist's portfolio. The commissioned artist/s will be selected based on the strength of their proposal following RFP invitation, and previous experience with the design of large-scale sculpture projects. Applicants are expected to have the technical capabilities to design and install such projects, which includes managing subcontractors and providing maintenance instructions for the completed piece. The finished project should require little to no regular maintenance. The artist/s selected shall be expected to collaborate closely with engineers, architects, airport administration, and any other necessary parties for the successful installation of the project. Please note that commissioned artists are permitted to work with outside contractors to fabricate and install the actual work of art. 

UAC is committed to equity and inclusion in our work, both in the artists and organizations supported through the development of public art. People of color, differently-abled persons, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+, seniors, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.   

SELECTION COMMITTEE
Darrell Thomas – Founder & CEO, Thomas Consultants, Inc.; MSCAA Board of Commissioners
Pamela Clary – Executive Vice President, ComCap; MSCAA Board of Commissioners
Gregory Fletcher – MSCAA Board of Commissioners
Richard Lou – Professor and Chair of Department of Fine Art, University of Memphis
Faith Morris – Chief Marketing & External Affairs Officer, National Civil Rights Museum
Whitney Hardy – Founder, 3RDSPACE
Maggie Russell  – Visual Artist
Lucy Woodson – Founder, Worlds Away
Brenda Duckett – Community Leader
Metcalf Crump – Owner & Architect, The Crump Firm
Jim Keras – Owner, Jim Keras Automotive Group; MSCAA Board of Commissioners
Brian Bullard – Owner & Architect, UrbanArch Associates
James Hay – Director of Development, MSCAA
Glen Thomas – Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications, MSCAA
Scott Brockman – President & CEO, MSCAA (non-voting)

PROJECT TIMELINE
Monday, February 24, 2020    RFQ released
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 5:30 – 7 pm Information session hosted by UAC
Thursday, March 26, 2019 – 3 – 7 pm  Office Hours hosted by UAC
Monday, April 6, 2020     RFQ deadline
By Friday, April 25, 2020    Notify finalists of RFP invitation
Monday, June 1, 2020    RFP deadline
Week of June 1, 2020    Finalist presentations to committee
September 2020     Final designs complete
April 2021: Installation complete

PROJECT BUDGET
Total Budget $350,000; Design $86,375, Fabrication $259,125, all-inclusive. Total project budget includes $1,500 honoraria for up to three finalists to support the development of proposal designs.

FINALIST REQUIREMENTS
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. One of three finalist positions will be reserved for a Memphis-based artist.

GUIDELINES
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.uacmem.org/calls-to-artists. 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 submit the following materials online by following the “Memphis International Airport - Southeast Concourse” link at www.uacmem.org/calls-to-arists

  • 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.

UAC will host an information session and two opportunities to workshop submissions with the UAC team for artists interested in learning more about this opportunity. Artists are encouraged to schedule time at one of these sessions to discuss their application, particularly if applying as a team or if the interested artist has not received a public art commission previously. UAC staff is also available outside of these sessions to support artists in the process.

INFORMATION SESSIONS:
UAC will host an information session for artists interested in learning more about this project:

Wednesday, March 11, 5:30 - 7 PM, UAC offices, 422 N. Cleveland St.

Artists may also schedule a meeting with UAC staff to review their application and portfolio. Appointments are available Wednesday, March 26 between 3 and 7 PM.  Contact A.M. O'Malley-Miller at 901.881.8205 or am@uacmem.org to schedule a meeting during that time or if alternate times are needed or artists are not based in Memphis.

For more information about the project please contact:
Wendy Young | Program Manager
901.343.6983| wendy@uacmem.org
This RFQ and support materials are also available at :https://uacmem.org/calls-to-artists
 

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.

Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority | UrbanArt Commission
MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT | REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Release Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Artist Design Fees: $15,000 (per three installations)
DEADLINE EXTENDED: FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020, at 11:59 pm
Eligibility: Any artist currently living and working in Memphis, TN and/or Shelby County. Artists are invited to apply as a team if desirable.

BACKGROUND
The Memphis International Airport is being reimagined as the facility undergoes an important renovation. A dramatic enhancement of the B concourse is currently underway, and will be completed by April 2021.  Memphis’s aviation industry dates back to 1927, when city Mayor Watkins Overton formed the Municipal Airport Planning Commission. The Commission broke ground on a 200-acre tract of open countryside seven miles from Downtown, and the Memphis Municipal Airport opened for regular passenger and mail service in 1929. The current terminal, a modern design by architect Roy P. Harrover, was dedicated in 1963. The growing facility changed its name to Memphis International Airport, and in 1974, the building expanded into its current configuration.

The renovated concourse B pays homage to Harrover’s mid-century modern design, with sweeping vaulted ceilings and minimalist furniture, along with updates like large windows, natural wood accent walls, and a contemporary color palette. This modernization will provide visitors and Memphians alike with an inviting experience, and a taste of what Memphis has to offer. 

As part of the overall reimagining of the airport, $1.5 million has been allocated to produce new site-specific public art projects at key locations throughout the facility. These projects include a large suspended sculpture, a permanent exhibition of 2D work by local artists, and three art glass installations.

SITE SPECIFICS
The renovated concourse features three restroom facilities, each consisting of a men’s room and a women’s room adjoined by a central waiting area. An approximately 9’ x 13’ translucent glass privacy wall obscures the windows in each restroom, and an approximately 9’ x 27’ translucent glass wall obscures the windows in the adjoining waiting area. These glass installations may be thought of as three separate sections, or as one continuous 9’ x 53’ wall. The glass will be divided into panes to accommodate the art glass process, and aligned with the existing window mullions in the new concourse.

SCOPE OF WORK
UrbanArt Commission (UAC) is partnering with the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) to commission glass artworks for three waiting areas and restrooms in the new concourse. Selected artists will be commissioned to create designs only, which will be printed with ceramic ink on architectural glass panels. UAC will contract directly with a glass studio to fabricate the pieces and an installation team. The studio will collaborate closely with the selected artists to translate their commissioned artwork onto glass. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will:

  • Provide travellers with an experience of the diverse voices and visions of Memphis’ contemporary artists, designers, photographers, painters, printmakers and  creatives
  • Feature designs that will be meaningful and engaging for airport patrons, both now and in the future
  • Respond to the aesthetic of the reinvented concourse, which features warm tones and natural wood, minimalist contemporary furniture, vaulted parabolic ceilings, and natural light from long curtain-wall windows

The selection committee will select nine finalists for the three installations based on their portfolio, application materials, professional qualifications, and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines. The three commissioned artists will be selected based on the strength of their proposals, which will be presented to the selection committee.

UAC is committed to equity and inclusion in our work, both in the artists and organizations supported through the development of public art. UAC is especially interested in applications from artists who have not previously received public art commissions. People of color, differently-abled persons, indigenous peoples, LGBTQ+, seniors, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.  

SELECTION COMMITTEE

Darrell Thomas – Founder & CEO, Thomas Consultants, Inc.; MSCAA Board of Commissioners Pamela Clary – Executive Vice President, Community Capital; MSCAA Board of Commissioners Gregory Fletcher – MSCAA Board of Commissioners
Richard Lou – Professor and Chair of Department of Fine Art, University of Memphis
Faith Morris – Chief Marketing & External Affairs Officer, National Civil Rights Museum
Whitney Hardy – Founder, 3RDSPACE
Maggie Russell  – Visual Artist
Lucy Woodson – Founder, Worlds Away
Brenda Duckett – Community Leader
Metcalf Crump – Owner & Architect, The Crump Firm
Jim Keras – Owner, Jim Keras Automotive Group; MSCAA Board of Commissioners
Brian Bullard – Owner & Architect, UrbanArch Associates
James Hay – Director of Development, MSCAA
Glen Thomas – Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications, MSCAA
Scott Brockman – President & CEO, MSCAA (non-voting)


PROJECT TIMELINE

Monday, February 24, 2020:   RFQ released
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – 5:30 – 7 pm:   Information session hosted by UAC
Thursday, March 26, 2019 – 3 – 7 pm:  Office Hours hosted by UAC
Monday, April 6, 2020:   RFQ deadline
By Friday, April 25, 2020:   Notify finalists of RFP invitation
Monday, June 1, 2020:   RFP deadline
Week of June 1, 2020:   Finalist presentations to committee
September 2020:   Final designs complete
April 2021: Installation complete


PROJECT BUDGET
Total Budget $400,000; Design $98,875, Fabrication $296,625, all-inclusive. Total project budget includes honoraria for up to three finalists of $1,500 for their proposal designs.

FINALIST REQUIREMENTS
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. One of three finalist positions will be reserved for a Memphis-based artist.

GUIDELINES
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.uacmem.org/calls-to-artists. 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 submit the following materials online by following the “Memphis Airport Waiting Areas” link at www.uacmem.org/calls-to-arists

  • 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.

UAC will host an information session and two opportunities to workshop submissions with the UAC team for artists interested in learning more about this opportunity. Artists are encouraged to schedule time at one of these sessions to discuss their application, particularly if applying as a team or if the interested artist has not received a public art commission previously. UAC staff is also available outside of these sessions to support artists in the process.


INFORMATION SESSIONS:
UAC will host an information session for artists interested in learning more about this project:

Wednesday, March 11, 5:30 - 7 PM, UAC offices, 422 N. Cleveland St.

Artists may also schedule a meeting with UAC staff to review their application and portfolio. Appointments are available Wednesday, March 26 between 3 and 7 PM. Contact A.M. O'Malley-Miller at 901.881.8205 or am@uacmem.org to schedule a meeting during that time or if alternate times are needed or artists are not based in Memphis.

For more information about the project please contact:
Wendy Young | Program Manager
901.343.6983| wendy@uacmem.org
This RFQ and support materials are also available at :https://uacmem.org/calls-to-artists

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.

Release Date: Monday, March 2, 2019

Budget: $16,500 (including artist fee)

Deadline: Monday, April 13, 2020

Eligibility: Any artist living and working within the Memphis metropolitan, statistical area. Artists are invited to submit collaborative work if desirable. 

BACKGROUND

The UrbanArt Commission (UAC) works to create opportunities for artists and neighborhoods to connect and shape spaces through public art. Since 2002, UAC has managed the City of Memphis’s Percent-For-Art Program, which allocates funds annually to develop public art in connection to capital improvement projects. UAC also manages and is a leading partner on City-led initiatives such as Blight Out, Memphis 3.0, and the District Mural Program, and manages grant-funded and privately-funded public art projects.

In spring 2019, UAC launched the first Neighborhood Art Initiative, with generous support from the Assisi Foundation. We believe that creative expression has the power to unlock opportunity and transform communities, and the Neighborhood Art Initiative was designed to help community organizations to incorporate public art into their ongoing initiatives. 

SITE SPECIFICS

Gooch Park, located at 1265 University St., is a 10-acre city park featuring a picnic pavilion, basketball courts, shaded greenspace, a multi-use athletic field, and a public swimming pool. The park serves the Hollywood, Hyde Park, and Springdale neighborhoods. Founded by Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Milton and Boyce Alexander Gooch, and dedicated in 1957, Gooch Park was among the first parks in Memphis designated for African American residents. The public swimming pool opened in 1959; that same year, the park hosted the city’s first African American bicycle rodeo. Memphis musicians including Elvis Presley, Yo Gotti, Gangsta Pat, and Harvey Henderson of The Barkays have all been known to frequent the park.

Today, Gooch is one of three parks adopted by the H.U.G. Park Friends, a grassroots neighborhood organization founded by Jo Ann Street in 2015. Thanks to the organization’s transformative work, Gooch has seen reduced crime, and now hosts regular sporting events, free lunch events for youth, litter cleanups, and other volunteer programs. Memphis City Beautiful noted that the H.U.G. Park Friends were one of the most active groups in their Adopt-A-Park program.

SCOPE OF WORK

The H.U.G. Park Friends are seeking an artist to create an outdoor mural, to be located on the rear wall of the Gooch Park Pool facility.

  • The preferred site for the mural is an approximately 825 sq. ft. (≈ 11’ x 75’) wall on the south side of the main locker room facility, facing the pool. Alternate wall options are available, pending committee approval.
  • The H.U.G. Park Friends have expressed interest in a mural depicting the life of the reinvigorated park. Children, swimming, sports, community events and picnics, and the natural beauty of the park are all possible subjects. The history of the park and neighborhood, and the park’s founder, are also suggested subjects. (Note: These are suggested themes, but artists are welcome to propose other ideas.)
  • The mural should be bright, cheerful, and fun, making the Gooch Park Pool a more inviting place for summer aquatic activities. In addition to representative murals, abstract, decorative, and geometric designs are also acceptable.
  • Given the limited budget, artists should carefully consider the complexity and coverage area of their design.

PROJECT EXPECTATIONS

A selection committee organized by the H.U.G. Park Friends will review submitted portfolios, and will invite up to three finalists to submit design proposals. All finalists will receive a stipend of $300 for their design. The selected artist will be expected to work closely with the H.U.G. Park Friends and UAC to execute the proposed mural. 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

UAC posts all open opportunities and accepts applications online through Submittable. Follow the steps below to apply to an open UAC opportunity through Submittable:

  1. Scroll down to the Create your account / Have an account? Sign in form.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. From there, you will be able to complete and submit your application.

If you have difficulty accessing the website, wish to submit in hard copy, or require any other assistance with your submission, please contact Brett Hanover at brett@uacmem.org or 901.454.0474 ext. 102.

Please submit the following materials:

  • Up to 20 images of recent 2D and/or 3D art and design work
  • A cover letter introducing yourself and your work. Tell us why you are interested in this project, and whether you have a personal connection to this neighborhood.
  • OPTIONAL:
    • Résumé or CV (not to exceed 2 pages)
    • Short artist’s statement (not to exceed 1 page)

INFORMATION SESSIONS

Artists may schedule a meeting with UAC staff to review their application and portfolio. This is highly encouraged for first-time applicants. Appointments are available until 1 week prior to the close of the call to artists. Contact A.M. O'Malley-Miller at 901.881.8205 or am@uacmem.org to schedule a meeting.

DISCLAIMERS

UAC is committed to equity and inclusion in our work. People of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, differently-abled and neurodiverse persons, indigenous peoples, youth, seniors, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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. 

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.

For more information about this project, please contact:

Brett Hanover | Project Manager | 454-0474 ext. 102 | brett@uacemem.org

UrbanArt Commission