What an exciting time for the Urban Art Commission to attract new talent, showcase some of the work they’ve been up to, and enjoy the community they work to beautify! Known for uplitfting local artists, the UAC is giving even more Memphians a chance to break into the big world of public art.
On November 10th, The Urban Art Commission celebrated their 25th year with a community gathering to kick off the next quarter century of creative work.
The event featured exciting new installations and live music, as well as a wine toast and small bites.
UAC artist Sophia Mason debuted her newest work “Power Strip” during the celebration thanks to support she’s received through UAC’s New Public Artist Fellowship. Known for her soft sculptures which are riddled with important messaging about the world we live in, Mason not only has a platform to to share her ideas, but also the funding to fuel the process.
Much like Sophia, many Memphis-based artists have seen their work come to life with the UAC’s support. If you’ve been to the Memphis Airport, you’ve seen their work up close as the International Airport Collection features 53+ artworks made by 61 artists based in or connected to Memphis.
In fact, the UAC’s support can be seen all throughout the city—from schools to bus stops, community centers, restaurants murals, and more.
The Urban Art Commission is looking for more local artists to elevate; to encourage to take risks, try new mediums and experiment with big ideas.
The New Public Artists Fellowship application is open through November 30, 2022—and interested artists in the Memphis region are encourage to apply and attend the information session on November 17th.