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Texas State University System Lamar Institute of Technology Workforce and Allied Health Building


Budget: $250,000
Activated: 07/28/2023
Deadline: 08/22/2023
Call Summary
Texas State University System seeks to commission an artist or artist team to design artwork for the Lamar Institute of Technology Workforce and Allied Health Building.

Any project related questions will be answered at the Artist Information Session held:
May 10, 2023, 12:00 to 1:00 PM CST
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 994 3939 7407
Passcode: 925269
Budget Description
Artwork budget is all-inclusive of artist fees, other consultants’ and subcontractors’ fees, insurance, engineering, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation (including any site modification), lighting, and post-installation documentation.
Project Description
The new Workforce and Allied Health Training Center is envisioned as a two-story building with an embedded high-bay instructional space. The first floor will be a welcoming space with the main building lobby and student lounge. It will also include the majority of the workforce instructional space and simulation suite. The second floor will be dedicated to allied health and contain the skills labs, pharmacy technician labs, and main testing room. The new center will provide key capabilities for expanding workforce offerings, and the allied health nursing program. The building is intended to be oriented east-west on the site with its main public academic entry access from the western side, near the quad, and the industry partner entry to the eastern side. The site organization biases placing the more technical spaces, such as the industry flex closer to the southeast corner, and the general instructional spaces near the building entrance. The building lobby is envisioned as a two-story volume space. A unique feature discussed in programming is the ability to look down into the industry flex lab from the second floor.
Artwork Goals
Artwork will become an LIT icon and will be inspired by or related to the education students receive in support of the nation’s most vital industries, including technology, industry, and healthcare.
Artwork Location Description
This opportunity is open to a variety of artwork locations in the area surrounding the Workforce and Allied Health Building.
1. East side of the building visible from MLK Parkway
2. Southeast of the building close to the building in a student gathering space
3. Two locations Southwest of the building along the pathway to the Quad
Site History
Lamar Institute of Technology (“LIT”) traces its roots back to September 17, 1923, when South Park Junior College opened with 125 students and a faculty of 14. The LIT campus in Beaumont is about ninety miles east of Houston and about twenty-five miles west of Louisiana. In 1932, separate facilities were provided, and the name of the institution was changed to Lamar College, to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the “Father of Education” in Texas. On September 1, 1995, the Institute of Technology was established as an educational center of Lamar University and a Member of The Texas State University System. The Texas Legislature changed the name of the institution to Lamar Institute of Technology in 1999. Lamar Institute of Technology is a special purpose postsecondary coeducational organization, a two-year technical “Institute” that primarily offers associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit workforce skills training. LIT focuses on teaching excellence, student success and community engagement. It is an open-door postsecondary institution ready to serve all students. LIT provides a curriculum consisting of over 65 degree and certificate programs covering a wide range of career and technical educational opportunities. The mission of the Institute is to provide innovative teaching and learning for tomorrow’s workforce.
• Age 18 or older
• Professional artist: A practitioner of visual and/or interdisciplinary arts, at any stage in their career, whose work is recognized by peer artists to demonstrate serious intent and ability, who has a body of work and has made art creation a focus of their practice.
• Lives or works in the Southwest Region (Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming)

Preferred Qualifications
• Exhibited in a museum.
• Held in a museum collection.
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 5 - 10
Letter of Interest: 700 word maximum
Please tell us why you feel you are a good fit for this artwork opportunity.
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
Proposal Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
Open Call Request for Qualifications. Due to the construction timeline and budget of the project, this commission opportunity will be open to public artists living and working in the Southwestern states’ region (Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming). The Committee on Public Art (CoPA) will narrow the list of artists who applied, and the Director of Public Art will request paid proposals from the shortlist. Shortlisted artists will be notified via email and phone. The shortlisted artists will submit their proposals and be present for interviews with the CoPA.
Paid Proposals will include:
• Written concept of artwork.
• Conceptual design with site specific preliminary rendering and approximate dimensions.
• Model and/or material sample of proposed work (TSUS will keep all models until a final award is made. Selected artists’ model becomes part of the TSUS Public Art Collection. If you are not selected, please include return shipping materials and payment.)
• Draft breakdown of budget including any artist fee, travel, anticipated engineering, materials, fabrication, shipping, installation, foundation, insurance, post install professional photography, lighting, etc. TSUS is tax exempt.
• Tentative timeline.
• Anticipated maintenance requirements.
• Examples of completed artworks of a budget to what is being proposed.

Interviews will include 15 minutes for the artist presentation and 20 minutes for six questions transmitted to the shortlisted artists prior to their interviews.

The CoPA will choose one selected artist and one alternate for review by the President and Chancellor.
Selection Criteria
• Quality and aesthetics of artwork submitted.
• Sensitivity to the social, environmental, historical, educational, and site contexts of each campus
• Ability to enrich and diversify the System’s art collection.
• Demonstrated success based on experience, materials, feasibility, and maintenance.
• Effective communication and completeness of application
• Alignment with project-specific public art goal(s) as outlined by the CoPA.
Post RFQ April 2023
Artist Information Meeting May 2023
Artist Submissions due by June 2023
Shortlist of Artists notified by June 2023
Shortlist Interviews August 2023
Commission awarded by August 2023
Artwork Completion September 2024
Construction Completion September 2024
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Nisa Barger
Director of Public Art
601 Colorado St.
Austin TX 78701 United States



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