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Artwork Sought With Geology Theme for University Hall

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Artwork Sought With Geology Theme for University Hall


Rowan University is seeking to commission artwork(s) that will be integrated into the design for Discovery Hall.

Budget: $250,000

Eligibility:  Professional artists over 18

Deadline:  August 17, 2020

About Rowan University

Rowan University has evolved from its beginning in 1923 as a school with a mission to train teachers for South Jersey classrooms, to a comprehensive public research university with a strong regional presence and reputation. At Rowan, what underlies and drives every decision are four guiding principles that reflect what we value and how we perceive our obligation to serve and lead as a state university. Educational priorities, enrollment, outreach initiatives, finances and collaboration with partners are just a few of the concerns that benefit from the filter of the four pillars:

  • Providing access to increase opportunities for students to benefit from higher education
  • Improving affordability to help relieve the burden of student debt and maintain the highest standards of fiscal accountability
  • Ensuring quality to deliver education, programs and services of superior quality
  • Serving as an economic engine to lead the development of the region, collaborating with public and private partners to benefit all

Today, Rowan’s 19,000+ students may select from 80 bachelors, 44 masters and 7 doctoral degree programs in colleges and schools across five campuses. View Rowan’s fast facts and figures here. The University is one of only 56 institutions in the country with accredited programs in business, education, engineering and medicine. From the modest normal school begun 90 years ago, Rowan University has become an extraordinary comprehensive institution that has improved the quality of life for the citizens of New Jersey and the surrounding states.

Situated along landscaped walkways, open green spaces, or within campus buildings, Rowan University’s public art beautifies our campus, enriches our community, and contributes to our cultural heritage while offering opportunities for fellowship and reflection. In addition to enhancing campus beauty and quality of life, public art encourages creative and critical thinking, expands appreciation for art, fosters a sense of place, affirms the University’s values and tradition, and extends the scholarly and creative culture beyond the classroom.

Discovery Hall and the School of Earth and Environment 

Located at Rowan University’s Main Campus in Glassboro, New Jersey, Discovery Hall is an in-development academic building located on the North Campus, near the intersection of Route 322 and Rowan Boulevard. The recent and projected growth of the University student body and accredited programs have resulted in the immediate need for additional academic and research space and a home for the new School of Earth and Environment. Rowan University’s School of Earth & Environment was created in 2015 to provide students with pathways into some of the most exciting and important careers in the modern workforce, to gather outstanding faculty who are globally recognized leaders in their fields, and to welcome non-academics into our community.

As an “Academic Accelerator in the Fertile Landscape”, Discovery Hall weaves together landscape and learning. To embody the mission of the School of Earth and Environment, and the sciences at large, this project connects the place of learning with the environment’s natural systems as an integral teaching tool to promote academic excellence as well as the health and wellbeing of the campus community at large. The design actively engages the academic community in its position as the front door of the University’s academic core and displays learning on every vista and path.

Rowan School of Earth and Environment Proposed Art

Rowan University is seeking to commission artwork(s) that will be integrated into the design for Discovery Hall. Artist Finalists will be invited to submit a proposal for a permanent, site specific artwork(s) on the exterior landscape of Discovery Hall that functions as an interpretive geological space for students, as well as an inspiring piece of art. Rowan desires this artwork to be a rock garden or other stone installation sculpture that aligns with the vision for Discovery Hall. Artists may submit their interest for creating the artwork, or partner with other artists as a team to propose artwork(s) that represents the programs within the School of Earth and Environment. Artists interested in exploring multi-disciplinary approaches of interactivity and/or science inspired artwork are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process

Potential artists will be selected from those who submit expressions of interest (EOI). Shortlisted artists will receive a request for proposal (RFP) to respond to their ability to approach and create the project.  A stipend of $1,000 will be provided to shortlisted artists to offset costs related to proposal preparation.

What to Submit

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Up to 6 images of past works. The portfolio must include descriptions (i.e. location, materials, date of completion) of each work.
  3. Contact information: (Phone number, email, mailing address, and website)
  4. Brief bio
  5. References from previous public projects

How to Submit

Expressions of Interest are only accepted via (CAFE). No hard copy or email submissions will be accepted.



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