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Texas State University Police Department


Budget: $43,000
Activated: 05/11/2021
Deadline: 06/15/2021
Call Summary
Texas State University invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a work of art for the exterior of the University Police Department at its San Marcos, TX campus
Budget Description
The budget covers all project-related costs including, but not limited to, project design, labor, fabrication, project management, materials, tools, subcontracted services, lighting (if it is an integral part of the particular artwork), travel for site visits, to complete the artwork (if necessary), and shipping and delivery of the artwork to site. Awarded installation artists will be responsible for all project-related costs including, but not limited to: design, labor, fabrication, project management, materials, tools, subcontracted services, stamped engineering drawings (if necessary), lighting solutions (if necessary), travel for site visits, site measurements, transportation and delivery of the artwork to site, installation, heavy machinery rental, storage, related permits, licenses, insurance, and documentation of the completed project. Any expense that exceeds the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility. Art + Artisans Consulting will facilitate the entire art selection process up through coordination of the installation of all artwork on behalf of Texas State University in collaboration with all artists and University facilities and art committee.
Project Description
Applicants will Create a work of art that will communicate the interrelationship of community, safety and inclusiveness, concepts that are key in the University Police Departments mission and values statements. The front of the new Texas State University Police Department features a portico and an exterior wall that has been sighted as a prime spot for a work of public art. This opportunity for an artwork in a key public area will be awarded to qualified artists. Art + Artisans Consulting is handling the call for qualifications and will manage the design collaboration up through installation of all artwork. Artists will work with Art + Artisans Consulting to finalize design concepts for the project. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors should feel engaged upon viewing artwork. Artwork will be harmonious with the diverse cultures at home at Texas State University. Artwork must be suitable for exterior conditions as well as interaction with the general public and have the capacity to be securely installed in a public area. The work should be prominent and proportional to its surroundings and must be durable, sustainable and easy to maintain.
Artwork Goals
Texas State University is a public, student-centered, emerging research university dedicated to excellence in serving the educational needs of a diverse population of Texas and the world beyond.
Texas State University System Board of Regents allocates one percent (1%) of the construction budget of each new major construction project to its Public Art Program. These works of public art shall be located at or near the site of the construction project. Works of public art are to be separate from and in addition to the aesthetic features incorporated into the building itself. The Public Art Committee seeks works by professional artists to add to and integrate with the campus and its growing collection of public art.
The Public Art Committee goals for the selection of artworks are to:
1. Meet the needs of the students, faculty, staff and community
2. Reflect a quality that will stimulate and engage students
3. Reflect a quality that will enhance the prestige of the University to the external art community, making it an arts destination
4. Allow faculty to use artworks as examples of exceptional public art
Artwork Location Description
Texas State University is built on the hills above San Marcos, TX. It is characterized by the expansive use of brick and stone, and dozens of buildings are joined together by stairways, ramps, and terraces. The campus also includes the headwaters of the stunningly clear and cold spring fed San Marcos River. The area’s visually striking geology and ecology are unique to this part of Texas. The new building is located on a highly visible intersection of campus, and will include public, support, and administration areas. The selected exterior location will be located by the main entrance into the building.
This public art commission is open to all professional artists or artist teams with experience in similar such projects. All media will be considered. A professional artist is defined as a skilled practitioner in the original arts with an original self-conceptualized body of work, and who is generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional possessing serious intent and ability. Subcontracts may be used and are defined as those providing technical implementation including, but not limited to construction, fabrication and assembly for portions of a finished product under the direct supervision and control of an artist. Texas State University especially encourages submissions by women, artists of color, and artists from Texas. Applications not meeting eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration. All applications must be submitted through No email or mailed applications will be accepted. Resume (4 pages max) • Statement of Interest (1000 word max) • Artist statement (500 word max) • Work examples (10 max): Images-Only Jpegs accepted up to 5MB with minimum 1920 pixels longest side; Video-only 3GP, WVM, AVI, MOV, ASP, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS up to 100MG with a minimum resolution of 640x480; minimum 12fps • References: 3 (Preferably from past clients)
Application Requirements
Resume: 4 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 10
Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 1000 word maximum
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Selection Information
Selection Process
Submissions by applicants will be reviewed by Art + Artisans Consulting, and Texas State University, to ensure that each application is legible, complete and meets all requirements. The pool will then be reviewed by the Texas State University Public Art committee who will select a shortlist of artists to invite to submit proposals for works of art to be incorporated into the design of the new building project. Invited applicants will be paid a stipend of $700 to develop and present a formal proposal to the Public Art committee. The stipend covers the costs of the artist’s time, materials, and travel expenses.
Selection Criteria
Artwork will be selected based on the following criteria:
• How effectively the proposal communicates “the interrelationship of community, safety and inclusiveness”
•Artist merit and technical expertise
• Demonstrated successful, innovative, and effective approach to public art projects of a similar scope
• Ability to successfully execute a public art project in a culturally rich and complex area
• Express interest in creating artwork for the opportunities presented by this request for qualifications
• RFQ/P released: May 11, 2021
• Questions accepted through: May 24, 2021
• Deadline for submission: June 15, 2021
• Judges to score applicants using online platform: June 24, 2021 – July 8, 2021
• Committee Meeting to Review Results: July 2021
• Shortlist Notification: July 2021
• Committee Meeting to Review Site Specific Proposals: August 2021
• Awarded Artists notified: September 2021
• Installation Completed: December 2021
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Inda Hahn
2401 E. 6th St., Ste.2018
Austin TX 78702 United States



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