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TTUHSC El Paso Medical Science Building II


Budget: $790,000
Activated: 10/12/2017
Deadline: 11/16/2017 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 Medical Science Building II, located at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in El Paso, TX. Construction of the facility will be completed by March 2019.
Budget Description
All inclusive
Project Description
Original commission
Artwork Goals
Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) is the only health sciences center along the U.S.-Mexico border that provides the opportunities and environment for direct intellectual and interpersonal exchanges among nursing, medical, and graduate research students on one campus. In May 2017, they broke ground for the new building that will enable them to recruit more researchers to tackle the region’s medical challenges, increase student enrollment in our programs, and ultimately, retain some of the nation’s most well-prepared, culturally competent health care professionals in the borderland.

Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand daily foot-traffic of faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the Facility. Artists should also consider the broad range of weather and intense sunlight in El Paso. This piece should be outdoors and available to the community; ideal submissions should be well integrated with the landscaping in the area and well-lit at night. The public art should help draw attention to the building’s entrance, but also help create a cohesive, campus-like feel in front of the building.

Among relevant concepts to consider are the medical field and how to integrate medicine into the culture and vibrancy of El Paso. It should create a natural gathering place for students and the community. Because this is an innovative medical facility, we expect the artist to also be innovative. Pieces that are considered too abstract should be avoided. 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 El Paso brings to the community.

Outdoor public art near this location include “El Intercambio” by Larry Kirkland and “Helix Garden” by Andrea Wasserman and Elizabeth Billings (see photos in additional resources).

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 installation to be placed in front of the new Medical Science Building II, located at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in El Paso, TX (see additional resources for location images and renderings).
Site History
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso has a 40-year long history of service to the community in education, research, and patient care. The fourth university under the Texas Tech University system, TTUHSC El Paso is located in the second largest bi-national metropolitan area on the U.S.-Mexico border. A population of 2.7 million makes up the region. Due to its location, the university is positioned to lead the nation in border health initiatives making it an exciting place to learn, conduct research, and treat patients. It is comprised of three schools: the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing and the Graduate School of Biomedical Science. A fourth school, the Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine, is slated to open in the future.

To learn more about the campus, visit:

The Medical Sciences Building (MSB) II will be a five-story building that will more than double the TTUHSC El Paso campus’ research capacity and add crucial instructional space to support its growing student population. Like other campus facilities, the building’s exterior will mirror the architecture of the Spanish Renaissance, which is distinguished by ornate columns, red-tiled roofs, and colossal archways. The MSB II will catalyze the development of basic and translational biomedical research at TTUHSC El Paso by providing them with new laboratory facilities to grow interconnected scientific programs that address major diseases and other problems in health care. They will have the opportunity to recruit new faculty, teach their students the newest aspects of biomedical investigation, and enhance our capabilities in translating discoveries into better treatments and cures.

To learn more about the project, visit:

Finalists will develop a design concept that reflects the standards and culture of Texas Tech specific to TTUHSC El Paso, 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 Medical Science Building II's 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. Please make sure your statement specifically addresses this project.

2. The quality – technical and aesthetic – of the artist’s past work as represented in the image submissions. Make sure past images submitted are of work that you have created or is in progress. Do NOT include proposed pieces that were not accepted. Make sure to include the budgets of past projects.

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:October 12, 2017
Written Inquiries must be received by: October 27, 2017
Responses to Inquiries: October 31, 2017
Responses due: 3:00 PM, CST, November 16, 2017
Finalist(s) selected and notified: December 2017
Finalist(s) design Presentations: March 2018
Commission awarded: TBD
Project Completion: March 2019

Texas Tech reserves the right to modify this schedule as required.
Additional Resources
Full RFQ (please read prior to submitting) (PDF)
Building and Site 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.