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Texas Tech University - Womble Basketball Center


Budget: $281,000
Activated: 02/11/2019
Deadline: 03/20/2019 3:00 PM Central Time
Call Summary
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific murals to be placed on the exterior of the new Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center, located on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX. Construction of the facility will be completed by August 2020.
Budget Description
All inclusive
Project Description
Original commission - see full RFQ document in "Additional Requirements" for all details or online at
Artwork Goals
The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center will be located at one of Texas Tech’s main intersections, directly across the street from the United Supermarkets Arena, where graduations, basketball and volleyball games, and many concerts are held. The public art at this location has an opportunity to contribute significantly to the overall aesthetic on campus. See additional resources for building renderings and selected public art locations.

Ideal submissions will include mosaic or other types of murals representative of Texas Tech Athletics, specifically, the basketball program. Use of photographs from Texas Tech’s sports archive for inspiration is encouraged. The selected artist will work with TTU representatives in their image selection. This piece will be outdoors and available to the community.

The commissioned artist(s) will create works of art that will serve as visual representations of the TTU basketball program and serve as focal points and unifying elements for the new Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center. These works should resonate with the function of the building and will be placed on exterior walls.

See additional resources for marked locations on renderings. Locations 1-4 are mandatory; locations 5-7 are optional if the commissioned artist(s) feel it is within the current budget. Note that the north side of the building is designated for women’s basketball, while the south side is designated for men’s basketball. Public art can serve as indications for the functions of each side and different portions of the building through images.

Public art near this location include “Bulls” by Peter Woytuk and “Texas Rising” by Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock (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.
Artwork Location Description
Site-specific murals to be placed on the exterior of the new Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center, located on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX.
Site History
The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center is a new building in development for the both the men’s and women’s basketball programs. The facility will house 2 practice courts with associated run-off space and bleachers, locker rooms for both men’s and women’s programs, coaches’ offices, trainer area, catering and nutrition space, two film review rooms, two team lounge spaces, as well as all associated current day practice facility amenities specific to top tier Division 1 basketball.

To learn more about this building and the Campaign for Fearless Champions, visit:

To learn more about Texas Tech University Athletics, visit:

Finalists will develop a design concept that reflects the standards and culture of Texas Tech specific to the Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center, 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 Womble Basketball Center. 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 $2500 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: February 11, 2019
Written Inquiries must be received by: February 25, 2019
Responses to Inquiries: February 27, 2019
Artist Submission due by: 3:00 PM, CDT, March 20, 2019
Finalist(s) selected and notified: early April 2019
Finalist(s) design Presentations: May/June 2019
Commission awarded: TBD
Project Completion: August 2020
Additional Resources
Womble Basketball Center Full RFQ (PDF)
Building Renderings + Site Plans (PDF)
Sample TTUS Public Art Contract (PDF)
Contact Information
Emily Wilkinson
Director of Public Art
Box 42014
Lubbock Texas 79409 United States