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Texas Tech Seeks Artist for New Health Professions Building

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Texas Tech Seeks Artist for New Health Professions Building




The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the new Archer College of Health and Human Services, located on the Angelo State University (ASU) campus, a member of the Texas Tech System, located in San Angelo, TX. Construction of the new facility will be completed by January 2018.

Project budget:  $253,000

Eligibility:  All professional artists are eligible to apply.  Artists are allowed to apply in teams.  Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples among themselves.

The Archer College of Health and Human Services offers professional education in a variety of health care, rehabilitation and human service disciplines. The new building will include 56,600 GSF of teaching laboratories; classroom spaces; a 100-seat seminar room; student study rooms; and high-tech interdisciplinary research laboratories. In addition, there would be a centralized administrative suite for college, departmental, and program administrators and support staff, faculty offices, an academic advising center, and a support center for online program development and delivery. The building location is adjacent to the existing Vincent Building on campus.

Art commissioned for this facility should help to “activate” the area by creating an element to draw people in and keep them seated in this area for studying, socializing, etc. This piece should be outdoors and available to the community. Ideal submissions are strongly vertical and visible down the pedestrian mall through the ASU campus. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist will have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project. Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided. Objects that are mass-produced or of standard manufacture are not eligible for consideration.  Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand daily foot-traffic of faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the Facility.

For complete project information, download full Request for Qualifications document here.

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.  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 San Angelo, Texas. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium not to exceed $2500 for the development of their Design Proposal and creation of a scale model, and to facilitate travel for the presentation. The model will not be returned to the artist.

Selection Criteria
Texas Tech University System and its University Public Art Committee 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.



  • Post RFQ: November 17, 2016
  • Written Inquiries must be received by: December 14, 2016
  • Responses to Inquiries: December 16, 2016
  • Responses due by: 3:00 PM, CST, January 5, 2017
  • Finalist(s) selected and notified: February 2017
  • Finalist(s) design Presentations: April 2017
  • Commission awarded: TBD
  • Project Completion: January 2018


How to Apply

Apply ONLY through . Do not send applications via email or postal mail.

QUESTIONS?  Call or email Emily Wilkinson, Director of Public Art, Texas Tech University, or by phone 806-742-2116.