So, You Want to Design an I Love Memphis Mural? Here’s How.

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 12th 2011 2714 0

By now, you may have seen the giant, bright red I Love Memphis mural in Cooper Young.

I Love Memphis Mural No.1 - Cooper-Young

It’s the first of 10 “I Love Memphis” themed murals that are being painted all over town through a partnership between my office (the Memphis CVB), the City of Memphis and the Urban Arts Commission.

Seven of the murals are being designed and painted by artists in the Urban Arts Commission murals program. The other three are up to you. Seriously.

Starting today, we’re accepting public design submissions for the three of the murals. Here’s how it works:

1. To be considered, your design must be submitted to by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 27th. There’s only one guideline: the design must, in some way, say “I Love Memphis”. When you submit your design, make sure to include your name, an email address or phone number where we can reach you.

2. Anyone can enter (as long as they’re not one of the seven muralists already in the program). You don’t have to be an artist or have any mural experience to submit a design. The winners will be paired with an artist to create the final work.

3. Once all of the submissions are in, our team of experts (aka, me, the UAC and a representative from the city) will choose the finalists. Once finalists are chosen, the winner(s) will be determined by a public vote that will be held on this blog.

I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Happy Submitting!

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Will says:

    Do we know where all murals are going to be exactly? Location can having a bearing on the artwork, and it would be nice to know anyway. Thanks!

  2. Josee says:

    I would love to participate!
    I would like to know if the other murals will be in a corner, like the first one or will they be on simple flat walls? Because it can change the look of the imagery.

  3. MattR says:

    I would love to enter but hav no mural experience. Will look forward to the designs around Memphis 🙂

  4. MemphisMidnightLover says:


  5. […] only 7 have a design, it is our job to come up with the last 3. Check out I Love Memphis Blog for details. The paper you see on the wall is from people writing what they love about […]

  6. I do not have any experience it creating a mural, but I would like to give it a try on my unit at The Line Condo Singapore  But I am excited to see what will be the outcome of my plans. Anyway, thanks for sharing this Holly!

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