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High Point University Seeks Public Art for New Arena

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High Point University Seeks Public Art for New Arena




High Point University in High Point, North Carolina is seeking artists for a major commission as they build the brand new Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center, and Hotel. They are looking for an artist to join their design team for this new development on campus.

Budget:  $1,000,000 (for 3 artworks)

Eligibility:  Professional artists/teams who have experience managing, designing and completing site-specific art commissions with a budget over $100,000 within the past five (5) years

Deadline:  October 19, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Eastern time

Download full RFQ here.


The mission of High Point University is to deliver educational experiences that enlighten, challenge, and prepare students to lead lives of significance in complex global communities. The vision of High Point University is to be a nationally prominent, private institution recognized for the excellence of its academic programs, the depth of its values-based culture, the breadth of its inclusiveness, and the strength of its commitment to helping students lead lives of significance.


There are multiple locations in and around the arena for artwork. There are exterior possibilities at two major entrances, and interior possibilities on walls, floors, and in the atrium. Because of the association with a sports arena, artwork will represent the University’s Panthers mascot.

Ideas could include figurative panthers, a panther cave/den, or water features. The University is open to new ideas that an artist may propose that would resonate with fans and engage students and visitors. Artwork should fit within the values of the University. The promise to students is “At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.” These artworks should impact the inspiring environment piece of this statement. Each piece should uniquely impact and “wow” students, families, fans, and visitors.

There are 3 different site opportunities in both the interior and exterior of the building. The artwork will need to be themed around the Panther mascot and maintain the values of the University. There are multiple locations in and around the arena for artwork. There are exterior possibilities at two major entrances and interior possibilities on walls, floors, and in the atrium.  The University is interested in a variety of media and types of installations. Possibilities are sculpture, suspended works, flooring and terrazzo, interactive, kinetic, water features, and multimedia work.


  • Applications accepted: starting September 18, 2018
  • Deadline to apply: October 19, 2018
  • Finalists selection: October 2018
  • Interviews: November 2018
  • Proposal deadline: January 2019
  • Final artist selection: January 2019
  • Project installation: July 2020


  • Quality of work samples.
  • Artistic Aesthetic.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with planning groups.
  • Demonstrates the ability to design a site-specific work.


Résumé/CV:  Submit a brief, current résumé or CV including contact information, your website, previous relevant art commissions, design team experience, exhibitions, awards, grants, education, and at least three (3) art and/or design professionals who have detailed knowledge of the artist’s work and working methods, including fulfilling deadlines, working with the community, etc. Include contact name, organization, address, telephone, and email for each reference.

Letter of Interest: please include the following:

  • Name, address, telephone, email, and website for all artist/design team members.
  • Your interest in this project and your experience working on comparable projects,
  •  Include your experience with architectural and engineering project teams.
  •  Include your philosophy on public art, its integration into surrounding environment and how your work and experience will complement this project.
  • Please describe your eligibility with the multiple criteria for this project from the Selection Criteria section of this RFQ.
  • Include any publications, third-party web postings/blogs, and art curator’s reviews of your work along with recommendations from other owners or commissioners of your art.
  • Indicate in your letter of interest which location appeals to you most, where you would like to create the artwork, and what you may envision.

Artwork Images:  In the “Images of Your Work” section of your application on CODAworx, please upload five (5) examples of relevant artwork as your submission. For each image, you will be prompted to upload a main image. The application screen will also prompt you to specify the title of the artwork, location, budget (USD), year completed, medium, and dimensions. You have the option to provide more images and information for your completed artwork by publishing a CODAworx “project.” With a CODAworx “project” you can include additional images and more information about projects or artwork you have completed in the past. For more information, visit Images must be JPEG or PNG file format with a minimum of 620px width and maximum file size of 5MB. Slides, prints or any physical submissions of artwork will not be accepted.


Applications are accepted ONLY through the CODAworx RFP Portal:

Sign up for a free account to submit your application.  You may return to your application before it is submitted by clicking the portal link above or by clicking your name in the top right and selecting “RFP Dashboard”.

QUESTIONS?  Contact or phone (608) 347-9621.


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