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TTUHSC Lubbock Education, Research & Technology Building - EXTERIOR Art


Budget: $530,500
Activated: 09/21/2017
Deadline: 10/25/2017 3:00 PM Central Time
Call Summary
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create a site-specific exterior installation to be placed in front of the new Lubbock Education, Research, and Technology Facility, located at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in Lubbock, TX. Construction of the facility will be completed by summer of 2019.
Budget Description
All inclusive
Project Description
Original commission
Artwork Goals
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in Lubbock offers students the opportunity to expand knowledge in five schools that are on the forefront of health care education. In June 2017, they broke ground for new buildings that will bring
additional opportunities for education and research initiatives plus create a more seamless campus experience for students and visitors. The project consists of three parts: a north expansion that will create two new buildings north of the existing TTUHSC building, a west expansion that will add additional facilities to the existing TTUHSC building, and the creation of a boulevard entrance to campus for accessibility. The exterior art will be located in front of the north expansion portion of the project, outside of the entrance to University Center building, and should be visible from the boulevard entrance. See attachments for images. The building will house state-of-the-art research laboratories, translational research facilities classrooms, offices, new technology and equipment, and other infrastructure upgrades. The art in this area will greet visitors as they arrive to the TTUHSC Lubbock campus and should help to “activate” the area by creating a welcoming, positive, and calming space.

Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand daily foot-traffic of faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the Facility. This piece should be outdoors and available to the community; ideal submissions should be designed to make the maximum impact in a large outdoor space. More literal and traditional art is desired. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist will have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project.

Among relevant concepts to consider are helping others, touching lives, inclusivity, and hope. Artists should also consider the TTUHSC motto “your life, our purpose.” This is an innovative medical facility, so also consider the imagery of a big, blue sky – breaking boundaries, thinking outside of the box, and innovative thinking. Pieces that are considered too abstract should be avoided.

This public art piece should not only consider what is going on in the building, but also be inclusive of all of the sciences and medical disciplines located within the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided. Artists should attempt to create a design that speaks to the diversity that a university such as the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in Lubbock brings to the community.

In order to be considered, submissions must comply with the requirements outlined in this document. Objects that are mass-produced or of standard manufacture are not eligible for consideration.
Selected finalists will receive a maximum of $3000 for travel and design fees following the submission and presentation of a Design Proposal and a model.
Artwork Location Description
Site-specific EXTERIOR piece(s) to be placed outside the new University Center on the TTUHSC Lubbock campus (see additional resources for location images).
Site History
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in Lubbock offers students the opportunity to expand knowledge in five schools that are on the forefront of health care education. Their programs and facilities give students the opportunity for hands-on research and clinical experience, and various collaborations with community entities provide students the practical knowledge that is vital to their success. Schools include Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and a graduate school of Biomedical Sciences.

To learn more about the campus, visit:

This construction project is the largest that has been undertaken since the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center began 50 years ago. The project will consist of three parts: a north expansion that will create two new buildings north of the existing TTUHSC building, a west expansion that will add additional facilities to the existing TTUHSC building and the creation of a boulevard entrance to the campus. The new construction will provide students with the best educational experience possible with the best technology possible.

To learn more about the project, visit:

Finalists will develop a design concept that reflects the standards and culture of Texas Tech specific to the TTUHSC Lubbock campus, and will prepare presentation materials, drawings, a model, and related specifications in sufficient detail and in the format required to convey the design intent.
All professional artists are eligible.
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 5 - 15  
  • Image dimensions: 1200 x 1200 pixels
  • Video dimensions: 720 x 480 (width x height) pixels in formats (MOV,MP4,WMV)
Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
Please describe your initial impressions of and projected approach to this public art project for the Lubbock Education, Research & Technology Building's interior piece. Specifically, please address your thoughts on location and medium and, if applicable, discuss any projects for which you used a similar approach (limit to 250-500 words).
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Concept Sketch (NOT REQUIRED) Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
Texas Tech will select the Artist that best meets the requirements, based on the information contained in their response to the Request for Qualifications, any reference checks conducted, and the information presented during any interviews conducted as part of the selection process.
Selection Criteria
Specifically, in the selection of finalists, Texas Tech University System and its University Public Art Committee will review and consider the following:

1. The conceptual basis for the Artist’s body of work as defined in the written statement.
2. The quality – technical and aesthetic – of the artist’s past work as represented in the image submissions.
3. The experience of the artist in successfully designing, fabricating, administering, and completing public art projects and/or custom architectural elements on time and in budget.
4. The artist’s training and education.
5. The quality and comprehensiveness of the submission package.
Post RFQ: September 20, 2017
Written Questions/Inquiries must be received by: October 5, 2017
Responses to Inquiries: October 9, 2017

Artist Submissions due: 3:00 PM, CDT, October 25, 2017

Finalist(s) selected and notified: November/December 2017
Finalist(s) design Presentations: February/March 2018
Commission awarded: TBD
Project Completion: June 2019

Texas Tech reserves the right to modify this schedule as required.
Additional Resources
Full RFQ (please read prior to submitting) (PDF)
Renderings (PDF)
Sample TTUS Public Art Contract (PDF)
Contact Information (for questions about the details of this call. For site questions email us.)
Emily Wilkinson
Director of Public Art
Box 42014
Lubbock Texas 79409 United States
Delivery Information
Applications will NOT be accepted by Postal Mail
Do NOT send applications by email.