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TTU Centennial Sculpture


Budget: $150,000
Activated: 05/12/2023
Deadline: 06/23/2023
Call Summary
Texas Tech University (TTU), in partnership with the Texas Tech University Alumni Association (TTUAA), wishes to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed in the Centennial Plaza on the TTU campus in Lubbock, TX.
Budget Description
The total budget for this project is $150,000 with a potential to increase up to $300,000. This amount is inclusive of all costs associated with this public art project including, but not limited to, artist fees, consultant and subcontractor fees, insurance conforming to Texas Tech University standards, engineering, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation (including any site modifications), and post-installation documentation.
Project Description
Original commission - see full RFQ online at for additional project details, as well any posted addenda to questions.
Artwork Goals
In 2023, Texas Tech University (TTU) celebrates its Centennial anniversary. This commissioned artwork will celebrate this milestone anniversary for the university. The piece should celebrate the traditions of Texas Tech, including the Double T (old, new, or multiple versions of the Double T over the years), the Masked Rider, Matadors, Red Raiders, lyrics of the alma mater or Fight Song, scarlet and black, or the "Guns Up" hand sign.

The piece may highlight a single tradition or multiple traditions, depending on the artist’s vision. Our hope and vision are that this piece will be celebrated as part of our school spirit and potentially showcased on Texas Tech’s marketing materials. Images and more information about TTU traditions can be found here:

Ideal submissions need to prominently feature elements significant to Texas Tech traditions. This piece will be outdoors and available to the community. No water features are allowed, but the selected artist may have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project.

Among relevant concepts to consider are "Guns Up", Double T, Masked Rider, red and black, the history of the university, and the future of the university. This location is a central placement to the university community, 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 students that attend Texas Tech University.

Public art near this location includes “Read Reader” by Terry Allen, “Tornado of Ideas” by Tom Otterness, “Comma” by Po Shu Wang, and “Prometheus” by Charles Umlauf (see photos in attachments, locations marked on plaza map).
Artwork Location Description
Site-specific artwork to be incorporated at the Centennial Plaza, located on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX.
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 .

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 Executive Director of 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.

The Texas Tech Alumni Association is an independent nonprofit organization established by the first graduating class of Texas Technological College, now Texas Tech University. The mission of the organization is to support Texas Tech University, build relationships and foster growth. The association is governed by a National Board of Directors that sets policies for the organization, oversees operations, and finances, and directs and supervises the programs and strategic plan of the association. To learn about TTAA, visit:

To learn more about the Texas Tech Centennial, visit:
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 Centennial Sculpture. 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). Feel free to also list any affiliation that you may have to TTU.
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 PDF Form
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, TTU 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.
Post RFQ: May 12, 2023
Written Inquiries must be received by May 26, 2023
Responses to Inquiries: June 1, 2023
Artist Submission due by 3:00 PM, CDT, June 23, 2023
Finalist(s) selected and notified: July/August
Finalist(s) design Presentations: September/October
Commission awarded: TBD
Project Completion: TBD

Texas Tech reserves the right to modify this schedule as required.
Additional Resources
Centennial Plaza Image Attachments (PDF)
Contact Information
Emily Wilkinson
Executive Director of Public Art
Box 42014
Lubbock Texas 79409 United States



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