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Weeks Hall Renovation

You will submit this application online using PublicArtist.org.

 
Budget: $236,000
Activated: 11/14/2018
Deadline: 12/20/2018 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 historic Weeks Hall, located at the Texas Tech University main campus entrance (2508 Broadway) in Lubbock, TX. Renovation of the facility will be completed by May 2020.
 
Budget Description
All inclusive
 
Project Description
Original commission - see full RFQ document in "Additional Requirements" for all details.
 
Artwork Goals
Weeks Hall was originally constructed in 1957 as a residence hall but has been vacant since 1991. The building will be renovated into office space for faculty, administration, and staff from various Texas Tech University departments. The three-story L shaped structure is listed on the Texas Historical Register.

Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand West Texas’ intense weather conditions. Weeks Hall is located at Texas Tech’s main entrance. The public art at this location has an opportunity to contribute significantly to the overall aesthetic on campus and could become a new icon for the university. See attachments for building and suggested public art location.

Ideal submissions can incorporate kinetic elements and/or the written word into the piece. This piece will be outdoors and available to the community. 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 collaboration, inquiry, curiosity, inclusivity, and the history of the university. This facility will be home to many different departments, so public art needs to have a broad appeal. Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided. Artists should attempt to create a design that speaks to the diversity of the departments that will utilize this building, as well as the students that attend Texas Tech University.

Public art near this location include “Riding into the Sunset” by Electra Waggoner Biggs and “Park Place” by Glenna Goodacre (see photos in attachments).

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.
 
Artwork Location Description
Site-specific installation to be placed at the historic Weeks Hall, located in Lubbock, TX (see additional resources for building and site photos).
 
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 http://today.ttu.edu/2010/03/campus-architecture-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, Albert Paley, Shan Shan Sheng, and numerous others.

Weeks Hall was originally constructed in 1957 as a residence hall but has been vacant since 1991. The building will be renovated into office space for faculty, administration, and staff from various Texas Tech University departments. It is a three-story L shape structure of approximately 67,234 GSF and is listed on the Texas Historical Register. Departments that will utilize this building include:
• Student Disability Services
• College of Human Sciences: Human Development and Family Studies; Community &
Family Addiction Sciences; Department of Design; Hospitality & Retail Management
• Humanities
• Army ROTC
• Mathematics
• University Writing Center
• Graduate Writing Center
• Graduate Center
• Climate Sciences

To learn more about Texas Tech University, visit:
https://www.ttu.edu

Finalists will develop a design concept that reflects the standards and culture of Texas Tech specific to the Weeks Hall Renovation, and will prepare presentation materials, drawings, a model, and related specifications in sufficient detail and in the format required to convey the design intent.
 
Eligibility
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 Weeks Hall Renovation. 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 of $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.
 
Timeline
Post RFQ: November 14, 2018
Written Inquiries must be received by: December 4, 2018
Responses to Inquiries: December 7, 2018
Artist Submission due by 3:00 PM, CST, December 20, 2018
Finalist(s) selected and notified: early January 2019
Finalist(s) design Presentations: late February 2019
Commission awarded: TBD
Project Completion: May 2020

Texas Tech reserves the right to modify this schedule as required.

 
Additional Resources
http://www.txsmartbuy.com/sp/17-14_ART-RFQ
Weeks Hall full RFQ (PDF)
Building and Site Photographs (PDF)
Sample TTUS Public Art Contract (PDF)
 
Contact Information
Emily Wilkinson
Director of Public Art
Box 42014
Lubbock Texas 79409 United States
emily.wilkinson@ttu.edu
8067422116
 
Submission Instructions

 

 

 
 
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