Monday, February 2, 2015

MAP's Public Art Challenge

Memphis Art Project
The Memphis Art Project ( is a beautifully designed, mobile-friendly, way-finding device that provides photos, descriptions, and locations for a growing number of public art pieces in Memphis. MAP is managed by staff and students in the Rhodes College Visual Resources Center, and is funded by grants from the Center for Outreach and Development in the Arts at Rhodes. After years of development, MAP launched in 2014 and is ready to help the people of Memphis explore the creative landmarks that the city has to offer.
The crew in the Rhodes College Visual Resource Center is working on a campaign to raise awareness for the Memphis Art Project, including promoting the website on Instagram and Twitter. On Saturday, April 25th, the Memphis Art Project will host a city-wide Instagram Public Art Challenge. Instagram users that post the most/best/funniest photos of public art in Memphis throughout the day with the tags @memphisartproject and #memphisartproject in the description will win prizes. MAP will have a booth at the Vollintine-Evergreen art walk   to promote the event.
Check out the website at
Follow MAP on Instagram @memphisartproject and Twitter @memphisartprjct

Monday, December 22, 2014


Crosstown Arts, the UrbanArt Commission and ArtsMemphis are partnering to present a multi-venue exhibition and programming series throughout 2015 to acknowledge public art makers in Memphis.

Public/Art/ists will collectively recognize and share the work of artists who have participated in Memphis’ public art projects and initiatives, including the studio work (non-public art projects) of these artists, as well as insight into their processes and involvement in creating public art projects from conception to completion.  The exhibition and ongoing events of Public/Art/ists not only act as a connection point to these artists, but also reveal the multiple facets of these artists’ practices in the community.

Crosstown Arts will host the first exhibition of Public/Art/ists, sharing the studio work of artists who have made contributions to Memphis’ urban landscape.  Additional information about future exhibitions and programs of Public/Art/ists happening at other venues is forthcoming.

Artists who have created or contributed in any way to a public art project within the Memphis metro area are invited to submit up to 3 original studio works (non-public art works) for this exhibition.

For information on "How to Submit"please visit:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Urban LIFT Uptown Mural at Brian's Grocery

By Alex Clementi 

As a native Memphian, artist Charlie Forrester was more than excited to bring something “a little more unique” to the public art scene in Memphis. With the help of UrbanArt, Forrester has recently completed his mural installation at Brian’s Grocery Store, located at 533 Noth 5th Street in the Uptown Neighborhood. The self-taught artist hoped to use his background in illustration to add a “unique type of light and dynamic quality” to the mural, which spans the side wall of the grocery store. Forrester observed that there has recently been renaissance, or a “heightened awareness and a stronger desire” for public art among Memphians, and he expressed how excited he is to be a part of it, even if it is “something small”. He also noted how Memphis, a city he says is “rich in culture, expression, and diversity,” deserves artwork that “will be celebrated—it should evoke feelings of pride and ownership of the communities we are a part of.” Forrester’s hope for the mural is that it will do just this—that people will walk away from the mural instilled with a sense of community pride, appreciation for the city they live in, and for the people who make up the neighborhoods around them. The mural should ultimately instill a sense of hopefulness of things to come.

Forrester also urges viewers to pay close attention to the themes represented in the mural that provide insight into the history of the Uptown neighborhood. For example, the artist explained that the trees are a large part of the mural because they are a large part of the community: “the trees were originally planted in 1920s, which symbolize Uptown’s history of being one of the first suburbs in Memphis.” He also explained that the red swing, the featureless figures, the multicolored homes, and the city skyline speak to a larger message about the Uptown neighborhood and Memphis at large. Want to know what they are? Travel over to Brian’s Grocery to see for yourself! 

This project was made possible by the Habitat for Humanity, Wells Fargo, and UrbanArt Commission.