Texas Tech University Seeks Muralist for New Basketball Center

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Texas Tech University Seeks Muralist for New Basketball Center




The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific murals (including tile mosaics) to be placed on the exterior of the new Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center, located on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX. Construction of the facility will be completed by August 2020.

Budget: $281,000
Eligibility: Professional artists
Deadline: 03/20/2019 3:00 PM Central Time

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Artwork Goals
The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center will be located at one of Texas Tech’s main intersections, directly across the street from the United Supermarkets Arena, where graduations, basketball and volleyball games, and many concerts are held. The public art at this location has an opportunity to contribute significantly to the overall aesthetic on campus. The north side of the building is designated for women’s basketball, while the south side is designated for men’s basketball. Public art can serve as indications for the functions of each side and different portions of the building through images. See additional resources for building renderings and selected public art locations. Locations 1-4 are mandatory; locations 5-7 are optional if the commissioned artist(s) feel it is within the current budget.

The commissioned artist(s) will create works of art that will serve as visual representations of the TTU basketball program and serve as focal points and unifying elements for the new Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center. These works should resonate with the function of the building and will be placed on exterior walls. Ideal submissions will include mosaic or other types of murals representative of Texas Tech Athletics, specifically, the basketball program. Use of photographs from Texas Tech’s sports archive for inspiration is encouraged. The selected artist will work with TTU representatives in their image selection. This piece will be outdoors and available to the community.

Site History
The Dustin R. Womble Basketball Center is a new building in development for the both the men’s and women’s basketball programs. The facility will house 2 practice courts with associated run-off space and bleachers, locker rooms for both men’s and women’s programs, coaches’ offices, trainer area, catering and nutrition space, two film review rooms, two team lounge spaces, as well as all associated current day practice facility amenities specific to top tier Division 1 basketball.

To learn more about this building and the Campaign for Fearless Champions, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JifdYTVzXw

To learn more about Texas Tech University Athletics, visit: https://texastech.com/


  • Written Inquiries must be received by: February 25, 2019
  • Responses to Inquiries: February 27, 2019
  • Artist Submission due by: 3:00 PM, CDT, March 20, 2019
  • Finalist(s) selected and notified: early April 2019
  • Finalist(s) design Presentations: May/June 2019
  • Commission awarded: TBD
  • Project Completion: August 2020

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 Lubbock, Texas. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium of $2500 for the development of their Design Proposal and to facilitate travel for the presentation. The model will not be returned to the artist if they are selected. The Design Proposals will be subject to review and acceptance by Texas Tech University System’s University Public Art Committee, the President of Texas Tech University, and the Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.

Selection Criteria
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.

What to Submit

  • Required cover sheet (available at https://www.publicartist.org/artist/call.cfm?id=2194)
  • Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
  • Work examples: 5 – 15
  • Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
  • Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum.  Please describe your initial impressions of and projected approach to this public art project for the Womble Basketball Center. Specifically, please address your thoughts on location and medium and, if applicable, discuss any projects for which you used a similar approach (limit to 250-500 words).
  • References: 3
  • OPTIONAL:  Concept sketch

How to Submit

Submit online ONLY through PublicArtist.org

QUESTIONS?  Contact Emily Wilkinson, Director of Public Art, emily.wilkinson@ttu.edu or (806) 742-2116


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