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

raleigh springs mall | request for qualifications

Release Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

Total Budget: $65,000 (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. 


Raleigh was historically inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Chickasaw tribe and later settled in 1820 by a trapper named Tapp near a natural spring, originally called “Tapp’s Hole”. The bluff above the spring was purchased by Wilson Sanderlin and James Freeman and came to be called Sanderlin’s Bluff. Raleigh was designated as the county seat for West Tennessee in 1824 before moving to Memphis in 1829.

Raleigh has a rich history as a destination for its natural springs and their purity and medicinal properties. Dr. David Coleman developed the first spa near the springs in 1842, which attracted many visitors with other hotels to follow. The attraction of the springs led to a railroad being constructed between Memphis and Raleigh in 1873. In 1892, the Raleigh Inn was built by that offered a number of amenities surrounding the springs. The Raleigh springs, however, nearby began to dry up and the Raleigh Inn closed in 1903. The Inn later became The Maddox Seminary for Young Ladies and then the James Sanitorium, before burning down in 1912. 

The Raleigh Springs Mall was later built in 1971 across 63 acres of land and offered over 50 stores and a movie theater, and was one of two prominent malls in the Memphis area when it opened. The mall was impacted the opening of Wolfchase Galleria in 1997 and stores began closing or relocating in the early 2000s. The City of Memphis purchased the Raleigh Springs Mall property in 2016 and began developing a plan to construct a new town center on the site.

site specifics

The new Raleigh Town Center development is currently under construction at Austin Peay Highway and Yale Road. The development will include a library facility with community gathering spaces, police precinct and Traffic Division offices, a one-mile walking trail around an 11 acre lake, and a skate park.

scope of work

UAC is partnering with the City of Memphis to produce a series of sculptures that encourages use of the walking trail and skate park. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will: 

●      Encourage a sense of play and exploration of the outdoor amenities at the Town Center

●      Reflect the history of the Raleigh natural springs

●      Provide a gathering space for visitors to the Town Center

●      Be durable, resistant to vandalism

The commissioned artist will be selected based on previous experience with the design of outdoor 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

Faye Morrison – Raleigh Community Council

Jeannette Ruleman – Raleigh Community Council

Daphney Johnson – City of Memphis Library Division

Col. Samuel Hines – Memphis Police Department

Patricia Daigle – Art Historian, University of Memphis

Juan Rojo – Memphis-based visual artist

Tom Marshall – OT Marshall Architects

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 $65,000, including artist honoraria - up to three finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium for a site-specific proposal. Design budget $14,750; Fabrication budget $44,250 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 “Raleigh Springs Mall” 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.