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Museum of TTU Life Safety Project


Budget: $67,000
Activated: 11/28/2017
Deadline: 01/16/2018 3:00 PM Central Time
Call Summary
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the Museum of Texas Tech University, located on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX.
Budget Description
All inclusive
Project Description
Original commission - see full RFQ document in "Additional Requirements" for all details
Artwork Goals
Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand West Texas’ intense weather conditions. The public art will serve to enhance and highlight the museum’s main entrance and new landscaping to the building. Ideal submissions should incorporate light into the piece as many visitors will be here during both the day and night. This piece should be outdoors and available to the community, as well as integrated into the environment. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist will have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project.

The West Texas environment is characterized by the vastness of its open spaces and the near-perpetual nature of the winds. The art should be activated by the wind, either through movement or sound. The piece should also have a connection with sustainability and with the landscaping, which will be designed as an ecogarden (you can find an example here:

The Museum’s building and grounds were designed to reflect the natural landscape of the region. The building itself depicts the Southern High Plains, visually the mesas and flatlands of the Caprock around Lubbock. As the Caprock slopes off into the Rolling Plains, the building has sloped edges and descends level by level down to the parking lot. The visitor’s approach to the building metaphorically depicts a walk up the breaks to “reach the plains” and enter the building; this concept is being more literally expanded in the landscaping with the introduction of arroyo and creek type features and native plant materials to convey more of the natural landscape feeling to the passage (see attached photos).

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 $2000 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 Museum of Texas Tech University, located in Lubbock, TX (see additional resources for building images).
Site History
The Texas Tech University System’s Public Art Program was initiated by the Board of Regents as an investment in the campus environment and an extension of Texas Tech’s educational mission. The Public Art Committee, with the Director for Public Art, commissions original public artworks of the highest quality, be they permanently sited, portable, or architecturally integrated. These works are funded using one percent (1%) of the estimated total cost of each new major capital project. Since 2001, the Public Art Program has commissioned or purchased artworks by some of today’s leading artists, including Deborah Butterfield, Terry Allen, Barbara Grygutis, Larry Kirkland, Bruce Munro, Jesús Moroles, Owen Morrel, Shan Shan Sheng, and numerous others.

The Museum of Texas Tech University's building (the original dating from 1970) does not follow the Spanish Renaissance architectural style palette of Texas Tech University. Its design is instead strongly informed by a mesa symbolism of sheer tiled walls and flat roof.

The Museum of Texas Tech University houses a diverse range of collections including: anthropology, visual art, clothing and textiles, history, natural sciences and paleontology. As an educational and research component of Texas Tech University, the Museum is committed to serving our diverse community, through a range of exhibitions and public programming. The Museum is a non-profit institution with free admission.

Texas Tech University System and the Museum of Texas Tech University is installing a fire suppression system, as well as other life safety upgrades to the existing multi-story building. The project will be designed to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and codes; thereby bringing the existing building into full life safety compliance.

The Museum’s life safety project will bring the building into full compliance for staff and visitors. Along with the 1% for art, there will also be a 1% budget for landscaping to create the ecogarden.

To learn more about the Museum of Texas Tech University, visit:

Finalists will develop a design concept that reflects the standards and culture of Texas Tech specific to the Museum of Texas Tech University, 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
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 5 - 15
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 Museum of TTU'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.
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.

After evaluating the artists’ submissions, Texas Tech will narrow the pool of applicants to approximately two to five finalists to develop a design and model for presentation to the University Public Art Committee in Lubbock, Texas. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium not to exceed $2000 for the development of their Design Proposal and to facilitate travel for the presentation. The model will not be returned to the artist if they are selected.

The Design Proposals will be subject to review and acceptance by Texas Tech University System’s University Public Art Committee, the President of Texas Tech University, and the Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.
Post RFQ: November 28, 2017
Written Inquiries must be received by: December 15, 2017
Responses to Inquiries: December 19, 2017
Artist Submission due by: 3:00 PM, CST, January 16, 2018
Finalist(s) selected and notified: February 2018
Finalist(s) design Presentations: March 2018
Commission awarded: TBD
Project Completion: Late 2018/Early 2019

Additional Resources
Full RFQ (PDF)
Image attachments (PDF)
Sample TTUS Contract (PDF)
Contact Information
Emily Wilkinson
Director of Public Art
Box 42014
Lubbock Texas 79409 United States
Submission Instructions