Heights Line: Memphis Regional Call to Artists

  • Commissioning Entity

    UrbanArt Commission

  • Application Open Date


  • Application Deadline Date


  • Minimum Budget


  • Maximum Budget


  • Location of Commission

    Memphis, Tennessee, United States

  • Commission Portal

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  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    Kayla J. Smith-Hardy

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone


  • Commission Document

    Document not uploaded

  • Brief Description

    UAC and The City of Memphis, in partnership with The Heights CDC, are seeking an artist to create a gateway sculpture that speaks to the pride and history of the community, engages neighborhood youth, and pays tribute to The Heights diverse demographics.

    Budget: $90,000 (includes three finalist honoraria of $1000 each)

    Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2024 at 11:59 pm

    Eligibility: Any artist living and working within 250 miles of the Memphis metropolitan area. Artists are invited to submit collaborative work if desired, but may only submit one proposal per project opportunity. While there is no limit to the number of calls an artist may apply to at once, UAC strongly encourages artists to consider both the time and scale of each call.

    The selection committee has expressed interest in a gateway sculpture that:

    • Consider the both historical and current context of the Heights neighborhood
    • Includes student engagement in the creation and/or installation process
    • A desire for one wow sculpture that delineates the space (when people see it they know they have now entered the Heights/Heights Line)
    • Invites all of the neighborhood to the space (Heights Line is a place to come together rather than a place to divide)
    • Incorporates solar-panel lights (to add both beauty and safety during the evening hours)
    • Fits into the neighborhood architectural landscape

    Please see commission document for full project information and application instructions