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TTU Athletics Dining Facility


Budget: $46,000
Activated: 09/12/2018
Deadline: 10/24/2018 3:00 PM Central Time
Call Summary
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific installation(s) to be placed at the Athletic Dining Facility, 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
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific sculpture(s) or installation to be placed at the Athletic Dining Facility. The artist has the option to present a concept for either an interior or exterior piece. Construction of the facility will be completed by July 2019.

The interior option calls for interested artists to create an architectural art glass window to be located above the main entryway (see renderings in the additional resources). This glass will receive direct sunlight and should be visible to exterior passersby and users of the building. Use of color is highly encouraged.

The exterior option calls for sculptural seating to create a gathering space for passersby and users of the building. Mosaic tile or other colorful media is highly encouraged.

The Athletic Dining Facility will serve the nutritional needs of approximately 400 student athletes. The facility will include multiple dining environments, educational kitchen, and a full-service kitchen. The new facility will be located near Jones AT&T Stadium, the Frazier Alumni Pavilion, and Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park and will be a very high-traffic area.

Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand West Texas’ intense weather conditions. As this facility will be in use for student athletes and could be used as a recruitment tool, ideal submissions should reflect the spirit of Texas Tech University. School colors are red and black and should be utilized, as well as artistic representations of symbols related to TTU school spirit.

Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided. Artists should attempt to create a design that speaks to the athletes that attend Texas Tech University.

Public art near this location include “Masked Rider” by Grant Speed, “Run” by Simon Donovan and Ben Olmstead, and “Universal Signs” by Barbara Grygutis (see photos in additional resources).
Artwork Location Description
Site-specific installation to be placed at the TTU Athletic Dining Facility, located in Lubbock, TX (see additional resources for building renderings).
Site History
Founded in 1923 as Texas Technological College, Texas Tech University has the distinction of being the largest comprehensive higher education institution in the western two-thirds of the state of Texas. Texas Tech’s campus boasts a strong tradition of Spanish Renaissance architecture, characterized by light-colored brick structures with stone accents and red tile roofs. More information about the architectural traditions of Texas Tech can be found at

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, Albert Paley, Shan Shan Sheng, and numerous others.

The mission statement of the Texas Tech University Athletic Department is to educate, serve, and grow fearless champions. The TTU Athletics Program serves over 400 student athletes in 17 sports. Through TTU’s Sports Nutrition Program, nutritionists can create meals and snacks that will successfully fuel a student athlete to reach their caloric demands. Although there are fueling stations in each of their training facilities, the new Athletics Dining Facility will allow athletes to eat together, as well as to learn about proper nutrition.

To learn more about the Texas Tech University Athletics Department, visit:

To learn more about the Sports Nutrition Program, visit:

Finalists will develop a design concept that reflects the standards and culture of Texas Tech specific to the Athletic Dining Facility, 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 Athletic Dining Facility. 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
Attachment A (REQUIRED Cover Sheet) PDF Form
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: September 12, 2018
Written Inquiries must be received by: October 3, 2018
Responses to Inquiries: October 8, 2018
Artist Submission due by: 3:00 PM, CDT, October 24, 2018
Finalist(s) selected and notified: mid-November 2018
Finalist(s) design Presentations: January 2019
Commission awarded: TBD
Project Completion: July 2019

Texas Tech reserves the right to modify this schedule as required.
Additional Resources
Full RFQ text (PDF)
Building Renderings/Image Attachments (PDF)
Sample TTUS Contract (PDF)
Contact Information
Emily Wilkinson
Director of Public Art
Box 42014
Lubbock Texas 79409 United States
Submission Instructions