The DMC is issuing a call for public art installations! Our goal is to commission artists to add interesting and high-quality public art to the alley.

The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) is making improvements to the alley known as Maggie H. Isabel Street and Rendezvous Alley in Downtown Memphis. 

Over the next four months, the DMC will repave the alley with stamped asphalt and add string lighting above.

Click Here to see an aerial map for more information about the sections of the alley this project will focus on.

"The Artery: Stereo to Escape" gets its name from the alleys DMC is focused on for art installations. Our focus begins in Stereo Alley and ends at Escape Alley. See Map Below for more detail

We aim to curate a diverse collection of public art.

Eligible medium include, but are not limited to:

  • Sculpture
  • Artistic lighting
  • Murals
  • Video projections
  • Interactive
  • Kinetic Pieces

Project Goals

  • Establish the alley as a destination with visually interesting and memorable artwork
  • Improve the quality of the pedestrian experience in the alley
  • Artwork should be suitable for outdoor display (minimum life expectancy of 3 years)

Image Gallery of Artery Location(s)

Project Sites

Artists are encouraged to think creatively about potential sites along the alley. Artists should indicate a preferred installation site and an alternate site in the sections of the alley shown on map above. Please provide photos of your two preferred sites.

Property owner approval is required for all projects. DMC Staff will assist each selected artist request property owner approval.

Project Timeline

Please note the following deadlines and project milestones.

Request for Proposals Issued:  Monday, August 27

Alley Exploration Walk: Thursday, September 13 (5:30 PM – 6:30PM)
Walk, talk and collaborate with artists and designers about potential art installations for the alley.  Downtown Memphis Commission staff will be on hand to address feasibility and location questions.  Free beer and snacks provided. Meet at the Brass Door, 152 Madison Ave.

Applications Due:  Monday, October 8 by 4:00 PM
​Applications must be submitted no later than 4 PM on Monday, October 8, 2018.

Artist Selection:  Early December
Selected artists and installations will be announced in early December.

Art Installation Deadline:  April 15, 2019 by 3:00 PM
Art installations may begin as soon as selected pieces are announced and property owner approval is received.  All work must be installed completely by April 15, 2019.

The Artery Launch Party: Summer 2019
Projects will be officially unveiled at an alley launch party in mid-April. Details TBA. 

Questions? Contact:

Ellery Ammons
Development Coordinator
Downtown Memphis Commission
ammons [at] downtownmemphis [dot] com

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