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Indiana State University Seeks Public Art for College of Health

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Indiana State University Seeks Public Art for College of Health




Indiana State University is circulating a Request for Qualifications for a site-specific project for the College of Health and Human Services. Possible locations for a sculpture have been identified inside the building and outside of the west entrance. The College of Health and Human Services is located at the corner of Chestnut and 4th Street in Terre Haute, Indiana.

BUDGET:  $75,000

ELIGIBILITY:  Practicing professional artists over 18 years of age

DEADLINE:  September 3, 2018

Download full RFQ here.

About the city

Terre Haute is a lively Midwestern city in West Central Indiana on the banks of the Wabash River with a current population of approximately 61,000. It is the county seat of Vigo County with a metropolitan area population of 170,943. Located 77 miles (124 km) southwest of Indianapolis and within 185 miles (298 km) of Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, and Cincinnati, the City is a business, health care, education and arts hub for West Central Indiana, with a major regional art museum, 2 major hospitals, 4 colleges and universities, the state’s oldest symphony orchestra, other museums, theaters, galleries and a signature collection of public art. It also serves as a major shopping hub for an estimated population of 300,000 from 15 counties in Indiana and Illinois.

About College of Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services was established in 2007 to create an interdisciplinary environment conducive to meeting Indiana State University expectations for student success and career readiness. We are the second largest college at Indiana State University with a current enrollment of 2719 undergraduate, 748 graduate students, and employing 93 full-time faculty and 55 full-time staff. We offer 14 undergraduate majors, 14 undergraduate minors, 10 master’s degree programs, and 4 doctoral degrees. The college has over 6000 alumni around the nation and the globe, who are making a difference in the health, wellbeing, and welfare of human beings.

Purpose of the Project

The College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) seeks an artist to provide a work of art for the new CHHS building on the West side of Indiana State University (ISU). The final work will exemplify the focus of the college on the health and wellbeing of humankind and will engage the public, students, faculty and staff.

The College offers programs in healthcare, social services, wellness and prevention. Graduates can become nurses, physicians’ assistants, athletic trainers, physical therapists, health educators, dieticians, fitness trainers, and more. The building also houses some programs for intercollegiate athletics and recreational sports.

Indiana State University is committed to supporting an aesthetically appealing environment that includes art. We encourage an imaginative response to this RFQ that considers the physical location and its surroundings, the educational mission of the College of Health and Human Services, the University community, city residents, and visitors. The sculptures on the ISU campus are open to the public at all times. The sculpture will be designated as part of the Permanent Collection of Indiana State University.


The completed piece may be located outdoors where it will be easily visible by pedestrians, cyclists and motorists passing by or entering the building from the west side; or indoors where visitors, students, faculty and staff will regularly encounter it. Art that encourages interaction and dialogue will best serve the goals of this project.

The building is located near the Main West Entrance of the campus and a state-of-the art addition to the west side of CHHS is complete. Reconstruction of the east side has begun and will be completed in 2019. Artists may consider outdoor space on the west side, or indoor spaces for art installation.

The west entrance is the main public entrance of CHHS, and will be highly trafficked by students and faculty coming from parking areas west of the campus. The College of Health and Human Services views this as an opportunity to link art and health.

Selection Criteria

The College of Health and Human Services is committed to providing for the ISU and Terre Haute communities a completed work of art that is durable and will appeal to a broad constituency including students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as city residents and visitors. Artists are encouraged to submit qualifications that will demonstrate their ability to create a meaningful, unique and exciting work of art. Members of the selection committee will view most favorably those submissions that indicate that the artist has reviewed all of the information available and offers evidence of their ability to create artwork with an appealing concept, fabricated of suitable materials.

Selection Process

Up to three artists will be selected to advance to the finalist stage based on artistic merit, demonstrated experience, ability to work within the stated budget and ability to meet the timeline. Each finalist will receive a stipend of $600, travel, lodging and meals to visit the site at a time and date mutually agreeable to the artist and the Selection Committee.  The Selection Committee for this project includes administrators and students of the College of Health and Human Services and Indiana State University, representatives from the ISU Foundation, ISU artists and art curator.

Project Timeline

The RFQ deadline is 4:30pm Central Time, September 3, 2018. Materials postmarked or sent electronically after this date will not be considered. Please state in your letter of interest whether it would be possible for you to complete a sculpture in September, 2019 if you are notified by January, 2019.

What to Submit

For full consideration, please send the following with your name clearly on each item. If you are submitting as a team, you will need to submit the resume/bio for each member of the team.

  1. Letter of interest not to exceed one page. Please describe your reasons for being interested in this project, why you believe your work would be appropriate for this project and whether you could meet the goals and the timeline of the project within the proposed budget. Make certain your name, address, e-mail address and phone number are clearly listed on your letter
  2. Resume
  3. Ten clearly titled and numbered digital (jpg only) images (2 detail shots okay to include in the 10). The images should be titled as follows: Last Name; Image Number; Artwork Title. Please send high enough resolution images that they can be successfully projected on a large screen.
  4. Image List Including Image Number, Title, Dimensions, Materials, Year and Cost. They should be numbered on the list in the same order as the jpgs are numbered.
  5. List of 3 references with their current contact information, including phone numbers and e-mail address, if possible.
  6. Mention of how you heard about this RFQ
  7. SASE for return of any materials you would like back

How to Apply

All submission materials must be submitted on an electronic storage device, such as a USB drive through regular mail.  Send materials to:

College of Health and Human Services, Dean’s Office

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN 47803

You will be notified by e-mail when materials are received and everything is in order. If you do not receive notice within 2 weeks of submitting, please email with “ISU-CHHS project” in the subject heading.

QUESTIONS?  Additional information about the building, building plans, photographs, and schematics are available on request from Caroline Mallory, Dean, College of Health and Human Services; you may call 812-237-3683 or email with questions or to receive a hard copy of any materials. Please note “ISU CHHS Art” in the subject heading.


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