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

memphis animal services | request for qualifications

Release Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Total Budget: $13,500 (includes honoraria for three finalists to develop site-specific proposals)

Deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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


Memphis Animal Services (MAS) is a department within the City of Memphis’ Executive Division. The "Memphis Dog Pound," as it was formerly named, was originally opened in September 1936 as a Great Depression relief project. It was located there from 1936 until 1972, at which time it became Memphis Animal Shelter. Memphis Animal Shelter was renamed in 2004 to Memphis Animal Services to better describe the City's broad range of improved animal programs and services. MAS moved into its current 32,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility at 2350 Appling City Cove in 2011. 

The team of people working to save animals at MAS is made up of staff, volunteers, foster parents, and nonprofit rescue partners. This collaborative team works every day to provide care and attention to more than 350 animals at any given time, and 8,500 animals that come into the shelter each year. Together they help rescue homeless animals from the streets or owners who can’t care for them, help reunite citizens with lost pets, introduce adopters to new furry family members, and save as many lives as they possibly can. 

MAS offers a wide range of programs and services including the sheltering of lost and homeless animals, pet adoption and placement, spay/neuter programs, handling of animal control complaints & bite cases, dog licensing, cruelty investigations, public information/humane education, and more. MAS enforces animal care and control laws. Their mission is to protect the rights of people against the dangers and nuisances of uncontrolled animals and protect animals from mistreatment and abuse.

For more information, visit, call 901-636-1416, or visit the facility at 2350 Appling City Cove.

site specifics

Memphis Animal Services is located at 2350 Appling City Cove, northwest of I-40 & Appling Rd. The shelter is a 34,800 square-foot facility with a total of 281 dog kennels and 136 cat kennels. It is situated on 21.8 acres and has a barn and small pasture for livestock, but the shelter primarily cares for dogs (roughly 80% of intake) and cats (roughly 20% of intake). There are 9 outdoor spaces for dogs to run, play, and meet potential adopters and several visiting rooms. The mural project will be completed on an interior wall in the lobby and will be a customer’s first impression of MAS.

scope of work

UAC is partnering with the City of Memphis to produce a mural that positively impacts the visitor experience at the Memphis Animal Services facility. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will:

●      Create a welcoming, playful and positive entry to the MAS facility

●      Include the animals that are sheltered and cared for at MAS

●      Connect the services provided by MAS to the broader Memphis community

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. To this end, applications from ethnic minorities, indigenous peoples and women are strongly encouraged.

selection committee

Alexis Pugh – Memphis Animal Services, Director

Katie Pemberton – Memphis Animal Services

Tracy Taylor - Memphis Animal Services

Sylvia Cox – Memphis Animal Services volunteer

Ranise Coppens – Alive Animal Rescue

Meredith Olinger – Memphis-based visual artist

Siphne Sylve - Memphis-based visual artist

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

project timeline

Thursday, November 15, 2018       RFQ released

Wednesday, January 9, 2019        RFQ deadline

By Monday, January 21, 2019        Notify finalists of RFP invitation

Monday, March 4, 2018                 RFP deadline

project budget

Total project budget is $13,500, including artist honoraria - up to three finalists will receive a $300 honorarium for a site-specific proposal. Design budget $3,150; Fabrication budget $9,450 all-inclusive.

finalists 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.


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 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 UAC’s Opportunities page. 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 Animal Services” link at

  • 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 two information workshops for artists interested in learning more about this project and discussing their application and submission materials. Artists are encouraged to schedule time at one of these sessions to discuss their UAC staff is also available outside of these sessions to support artists in their application. Please contact Ebony Archie at for more information.

Wednesday, November 28 from 11 am – 1 pm, UAC offices, 422 N. Cleveland St.

Wednesday, December 12 from 5 – 7 pm, Café Eclectic, 603 N. McLean Blvd.

For more information about the project please contact:

Lauren Kennedy, Executive Director

901.552.3934 / 


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.