Project Overview

May Soccer Complex- District Mural Program

Artist: Lindsey Bailey

Most recent benchmark/update: Final design approval.

Upcoming benchmark/update: DMP Gallery Show at UAC, August 23, 2019, 6p.m.


Project Description

UAC and the City of Memphis launched the second iteration of the District Mural Training Program in 2017 to provide mural training and professional development to seven Memphis-based artists, culminating in each artist creating their own $30,000 mural project in each of the seven Council districts. Training to support neighborhood engagement in the public art process, mural design and installation techniques was provided in partnership with MuralArts Philadelphia in Memphis and Philadelphia following artist selection in May 2018. Each artist was paired with a site across the city including Bickford Community Center, Whitehaven Community Center, May Soccer Complex, Orange Mound Community Center, Mitchell Community Center, Raleigh Town Center, and Marion Hale Community Center.

About the Artist

photograph by Ebony Archie

photograph by Ebony Archie

For Lindsey Bailey, art wasn’t her initial career path, it was actually the Science and Tech sector that caught her eye. She reminisced on her time at Mississippi State, in which she laughed and said “I thought I was going to be in medical engineering and then I was like oooo look at all this math” . On a whim she entered a cell-phone design contest in college, an won. From that leap of faith, Bailey discovered her love for graphic design and portraiture, which began her whirlwind journey to becoming an artist.

Bailey said the DMP is her opportunity to connect with more artists and do something she’s never done before. It’s exciting to see her portrait work, which has garnered awards from ESPN and a recent residency in Brewster, NY translate into a large-scale mural in Memphis.