project overview

Memphis Convention Center | Front St. Entry

Artist: TBD

Total budget: $50,000 (includes honoraria for selected artists to develop site-specific proposals)

Most recent benchmark/update: Memphis-based artists Jared Small, Erin Harmon, Sarah Crawford & Lindsay Julian, and Brantley Ellzey have been invited to submit site-specific proposals for this project following an open Call to Artists.

Upcoming benchmark/update: Proposals are due on Friday, October 18 and finalists will present their work to the selection committee on Monday, October 21.

project description

UAC is partnering with the City of Memphis and the Memphis Convention Center Board of Commissioners to produce a mural or series of small sculptures for an interior wall inside the Front St. entrance of the West Meeting Rooms. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will speak to one or more of the following themes (additional information will be provided to finalists invited to submit site-specific proposals):

  • Natural assets of the area including the Mississippi River, Mississippi Flyway, and a dense tree canopy

  • Celebrate the rich history of music made in and inspired by Memphis

  • Honor the stories and experiences of the diverse communities and leaders in Memphis history, particularly indigenous and black communities

  • Explore the possibilities of Memphis as the city moves forward into our third century 

selection committee

Doug McGowen – Chief Operating Officer, City of Memphis; MCC Board of Commissioners; Nicole Seltzer – Director Convention Center Sales, Memphis Convention Center; Thomas Midgley – Hotel and Restaurant Management Program Coordinator, Southwest Tennessee Community College, MCC Board of Commissioners; Frank Ricks – Principal, LRK Inc.; Gretchen McLennon – Consultant, DI Studios; Rachel Knox – Program Officer, Hyde Family Foundation; Lani Glancy – Vice President, AutoZone; Board Chair, Memphis Travel; Sally Pace – CEO, Connect Healthcare Collaboration; Board Member, Memphis Travel; Martavius Jones, Memphis City Councilmember, MCC Board of Commissioners; Tom Marshall – Principal, O.T. Marshall; MFA Partners (non-voting)