Above: A vignette by Diane Martin at Art by Design in 2018. Photography by Selavie Photography.
Now in its fourth year, Art by Design returns to the Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis May 8-12 to showcase vignettes by 22 area design firms. The event is a fundraiser for ArtsMemphis, a nonprofit organization that gives grants to individual artists and arts organizations in Memphis and throughout Shelby County. “We encourage designers to include work from local artists and ArtsMemphis grantees,” says Sarah Watkins, coordinator of Art by Design. “We also ask them to truly be creative and think ‘outside the box.’” Last year, the event welcomed 1,200 attendees and raised $150,000 for ArtsMemphis; as it continues to grow, Sarah says she hopes more Arkansans will visit the show, making it more of a regional event, as well as consider participating as featured designers. Tickets for general admission and five special events are available now online.