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Texas State Film and Television Studios – Live Oak Hall

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Budget: $50,724
Activated: 09/01/2021
Deadline: 10/15/2021
Call Summary
Texas State University invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a work of art for the University Film and Television Studios on the 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 between all artists, University FPDC, and Public Art Committee.
Project Description
The new building will host The School of Journalism and Mass Communication, that introduces students to the broad framework of mass communication, emphasizing what is common and fundamental to advertising, journalism, public relations, electronic media and digital media. Applicants will create a work of art that is prominent and proportional to its surroundings, conveys a contemporary aesthetic, is durable, sustainable, and that speaks to the diverse and engaging environment of the building. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors should feel engaged upon viewing the artwork. It must also be suitable for interaction with the general public and have the capacity to be securely installed in a public area. There are three opportunities available for artist to select from for their art installations. Two are on the exterior and one in the interior public Media Concourse. This opportunity for artwork in a key public area will be awarded to qualified artists.
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
The Texas State University Film & Television Studios building is a one-story, 10,291 SF Structure. The broadcast related components are grouped together in a cost effective, East-West oriented rectangular mass fronting onto Sessom Street, with double height Film & TV studio ceilings and parapet heights of 30’. An 8’ wide East-West Media Concourse (main corridor) runs the length of the building, positioned to the north of the broadcast mass. The non-broadcast related spaces for academic and support functions, are strategically positioned along the north side of the Media Concourse, under a more traditional one-story building height with 20’ high parapet. A 3-sided, north facing courtyard, with views to a grove of 3 heritage oak trees, is positioned between the academic and support functions, and allows for an envisioned expansion for future programmed spaces.
A western entrance at grade is provided for access from the existing university parking lot and an elevated eastern entrance accessed via exterior concrete steps, is provided for pedestrian access from the corner of Sessom Drive and Peques Street. A shaded, arched colonnade wraps the southeast corner of the building, and provides for both Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and ambulatory access to the eastern entrance via both ramps and steps, to navigate the approximate 3’-6” height difference between the sidewalk at Sessom and the finished floor slab. The arcade is constructed of cement plaster, with Texas State Standard Color, “Oatmill”. The base of the arched openings have terracotta color tile infill panels, semi-circular terracotta tile guardrail panels and hammered steel top railings.
Site History
Texas State University is located in San Marcos, Texas, midway between Austin and San Antonio along Interstate 35. It spans 492 acres including the original land donated by the city of San Marcos consisting of Chautauqua Hill on which Old Main still sits. Other parts of the Texas State property including farm and ranch land, residential, recreational areas and commercial incubators cover more than 5,038 acres of additional land. 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 area’s visually striking geology and ecology are unique to this part of Texas. The new state of the art building is host to one of the oldest oak trees in San Marcos, and is located off one of the main roads running through the university.
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: 2 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 Film and Television Building committee, University FPDC, and 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 appropriate messaging and imagery for the Film and Television Building and appeal to its audiences.
•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: September 1, 2021 • Questions accepted through: September 17, 2021 • Deadline for submission: October 15, 2021
• Judges to score applicants using online platform: October 22, 2021 – November 5, 2021
• Committee Meeting to Review Results: November 2021
• Shortlist Notification: November 2021
• Committee Meeting to Review Site Specific Proposals: January 2022
• Awarded Artists notified: February 2022 • Installation Completed: May – June 2022
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Inda Hahn



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