South City Public Art Project
Total budget: $200,000 (includes honoraria for selected artists to develop site-specific proposals)
Most recent benchmark/update: A Request for Proposals was extended on February 18, 2019 to Suzy Hendrix, Cat Peña, Arnold Thompson and Terry Lynn.
Upcoming benchmark/update: Finalist proposals are due April 3, 2019.
UAC is partnering with the City of Memphis to produce a series of public art projects within the South City footprint. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will:
● Explore ideas of neighborhood identity and resident connection in a period of change
● Reflect the history of the South City neighborhood and its connection to the Memphis Heritage Trail
● Create a landmark for the neighborhood
● Engage South City residents in the design, and possibly installation, processes
● Be durable, resistant to vandalism
The commissioned artist team will be selected based on the above eligibility requirements including previous experience with the design of public art projects and the participation of an artist of color in the lead design team. 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.
Mairi Albertson, City of Memphis Housing and Community Development; LaTonya Taylor, South City resident; Eva Mosby, Urban Strategies; Mike Shaw, Advance Memphis; Yancy Villa-Calvo, Memphis-based artist; Kong Wee Pang, Memphis-based artist; LarJuanette Williams, Memphis Black Arts Alliance; Emily Bernstein, McCormack Baron; Elizabeth Thompson Bringle, City of Memphis Engineering Division (non-voting)
Next committee meeting date: early April 2019 to review finalist proposals