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Texas Tech University Seeks Artist for Public Art

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Texas Tech University Seeks Artist for Public Art



The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed on the grounds of the Jones AT&T Sports Performance Center, opening in August 2017. Public art will be placed in front of the building as a beacon to the center. 

The new Sports Performance Center will house a 200 meter indoor track with seating for approximately 500 persons, as well as an 80 yard indoor football facility with associated training, weight rooms and nutrition centers. This building will maintain the “flavor” of the Spanish Renaissance architecture seen on the core campus. The center will be located near Jones AT&T Stadium and the Frazier Alumni Pavilion. This will be a multi-phased project that will renovate the South End Zone building in the future with a similar budget. We are interested in looking at artists that can create a piece that will stand alone, but could also be considered to create a companion piece for the next phase of the project. 

Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand West Texas’ intense weather conditions. Ideal submissions will create an art piece that showcases the athlete and human form and conveys a sense of movement. Artists should think of a figure or body in motion. This art installation will not only serve as a beacon in the area, but will also give passersby an idea of the use of the facility. Submitting artists should consider lighting and other elements that will draw attention to the sculpture at various times throughout the day. They may also want to consider finding ways to make the piece interactive. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist may have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project. 

Project Budget

The all-inclusive project budget is $450,000.


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

Selection Criteria and Process

Specifically, in the selection of finalists, 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. 

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 not to exceed $2500 for the development of their Design Proposal and to facilitate travel for the presentation. The model will not be returned to the artist. 


  • Post RFQ: April 26, 2016 
  • Written Inquiries must be received by: May 9, 2016 
  • Responses to Inquiries: May 12, 2016 
  • Responses due by: June 7, 2016, 3:00 PM, CST 
  • Finalist(s) selected and notified: late June 2016 
  • Finalist(s) design Presentations: late July to August 2016 
  • Commission awarded: early Fall 2016 
  • Project Completion: no later than August 2017 

Apply through Public Artist.


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