Watermark Residential | City of Germantown | UrbanArt Commission


Release Date: Friday, July 13, 2018

Budget: $162,000

Deadline: Friday, August 24, 2018, 11:59 PM CST

Eligibility: Any artist living and working in the United States. Memphis-based artists are strongly encouraged to apply. Artists are invited to apply as a team if desirable.


The City of Germantown, Tennessee was founded along the Cherokee Trace between the Wolf River and Nonconnah Creek. The first settlers arrived in Germantown in the 1820s. The City of Germantown incorporated in 1841, and over the last 150 years has seen a population increase from 400 to over 40,000. Germantown is a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, and borders the city to the east-southeast.

In 2016, the City of Germantown adopted the Forest Hill Heights Small Area Plan, which documents the results of a planning process to create a vision for Forest Hill Heights, a roughly 303-acre section of Germantown. Forest Hill Heights is one of the last largely underdeveloped sections of Germantown. Plans for the Forest Hill Heights area include a mix of office, retail, hotel and high- and low-density residential arranged around a central village green and trail network.

As part of the planned improvements to the Forest Hill Heights area, Watermark Residential has received approval from the City of Germantown for a residential development which includes 310 apartment units along with a variety of amenities including pocket parks, seating areas, a dog park, and lawn gathering areas. In addition, there will be four areas for public art strategically placed throughout the development.

Watermark Residential is an Indianapolis-based multifamily development and residential management company. Founded in 2008, Watermark Residential creates innovative and aesthetically pleasing designs that complement each community’s surroundings.


The Forest Hill Heights area is located generally southeast of the intersection of Winchester Road and Forest Hill Irene Road. The area studied for the Forest Hill Heights Small Area Plan borders Memphis/Shelby County to the west and south and Collierville to the east.  

A unique identity for the Forest Hill Heights will be supported through appropriate lighting, landscaping, and public art to provide the area with an image and character of a walkable village or neighborhood.


UrbanArt Commission is partnering with Watermark Residential and the City of Germantown to produce a series of four sculptures that will encourage public interaction with civic areas, and help create a connection between planned residential and retail spaces. The selection committee expresses an interest in public art pieces that will:

  • Help energize public spaces and encourage activity and use of civic areas

  • Be durable to sustain interactive use

  • Inspire play, interaction, and curiosity

  • Create a sense of human-scaled architectural character

  • Use high-quality materials

  • Follows design guidelines as outlined in the Forest Hills Heights design manual

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 is committed to equity and inclusion in our work. To this end, people of color, LGBTQIA individuals, indigenous and differently-abled persons are highly encouraged to apply.


Throughout the project, the selected artist will work with a Memphis-based artist as part of UAC’s strategic priorities outlined in the UAC strategic plan, adopted in June 2018. The primary goal of the mentorship component of the project is to provide opportunities for Memphis-based artists to expand their professional skillset in public art. Ultimately, UAC believes mentorship in combination with other professional development and programming will allow for an increasing number of Memphis-based public artists to be competitive in the field of public art - both locally and nationally.

UAC will work with the selected artist to identify an emerging, Memphis-based public artist to mentor. UAC will assist the selected artist and mentee to determine an appropriate scope of work and expectations for both mentor and mentee. The details of the mentorship will ultimately be determined the selected artist and UAC, but may include: design reviews, community engagement planning sessions, studio visits, fabrication information, and on-site technical instruction and support during installation.

An honoraria payment for the mentee will be determined by UAC alongside the selected artist upon discussing the scope of work.

If you have any questions about the mentorship component, please reach out to emily@uacmem.org.


Friday, July 13, 2018                              RFQ released

Friday, August 24, 2018                       RFQ deadline

Thursday, September 6, 2018            Artists notified, finalists selected

Wednesday, September 12, 2018      RFP opens

Wednesday, October 24, 2018           RFP closes

October 29-31, 2018                              Finalist presentations

November 2018                                      Artist selected & contract executed


UrbanArt Commission provides the opportunity for any artist interested in a specific project to meet with staff, ask questions about the project and/or public art process and review their submission. Dates for info sessions related to this project are as follows:

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 9, 2018, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Locations are TBD. Feel free to join UAC’s mailing list and/or follow us on social media, where information about these sessions will be posted.


Total Budget $162,000. Design $32,400; Fabrication $129,600; all-inclusive.

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


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.

The selection committee for this project consists of the following individuals:

  • Jessica Tuttle, Senior Director of Development, Watermark Residential

  • Patrick Smith, Civil Design Manager, Watermark Residential

  • Sheila Pounder, Planning Division Manager, Economic and Community Development, City of Germantown

  • Lawrence Matthews, Memphis-based Visual Artist and Performer

  • Mary Jo Karimnia, Memphis-based Visual Artist and Programming Consultant, Crosstown Arts


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 urbanartcommission.submittable.com   Click on the opportunity that you are interested in to view more details.

  2. 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 at urbanartcommission.submittable.com:

  • 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 applicable.

  • Resume, not to exceed 2 pages.

  • List of three professional references, including current phone and email.

  • It is the preference of UAC that all submission materials be uploaded digitally through Submittable. However, UAC will accept paper submissions delivered our office at 422 N Cleveland St, Memphis, TN 38104.

For more information please contact:

Emily Rooker, Project Manager

901.221.4077  / emily@uacmem.org


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.