Univ. of Colorado Boulder Seeks Artist for Public Art

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Univ. of Colorado Boulder Seeks Artist for Public Art



Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public artwork for the University of Colorado Boulder’s Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology building’s (JSCBB) E-Wing.

The Art Selection panel is looking to commission an outdoor artwork for the exterior Northwest courtyard of the JSCBB. The E-Wing project is an approximate 60,000 square foot addition onto the existing JSCBB. The design of the building will reflect the highly complex issues of advanced research facilities including but not limited to: environmental control and quality, vibration and acoustical sensitivity, support of changing and sensitive equipment, support of technically complex communications and data systems, and the provision of redundancy and sustainability.

The new wing will add additional lab space, offices, and a “connector”/gathering area where the new wing meets with the existing building. Located to the west of the new building addition, the northwest courtyard is intended as a multiuse outdoor space and art garden. Multi-colored paving extends the color and pattern used elsewhere around the building, creating both a clear pedestrian circulation area as well as a place of pause for study or small group gathering. Large planting beds with evergreens and ornamental grasses provide the opportunity for the adapted native planting palette to shine. These bermed planting beds create a sense of seclusion and quiet for pedestrian seat wall spaces. From within the courtyard space, long views of the Flatirons to the west are stunning, and short views look out into a future East Campus Quad space.

The Committee would be interested in something that was kinetic or environmentally responsive. Artists should consider the building’s goals of cross-collaboration, the focus on a hybrid/interdisciplinary approach,  sustainability and technology. As the courtyard will be a place of study and relaxation for students, the Committee would also be interested in artworks that showcase nature and the interconnectedness of art and nature.

The public art budget is $110,000. All costs associated with the public art project including, but not limited to, artist design fee, structural engineering, insurance, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, building or site modifications, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses and any other costs related to the project. Selected semi-finalists will be invited to propose artwork for one or all of the locations listed below. Out-of-state semi-finalist artists will receive $1,500 and in-state semi-finalists will receive $1,000 as an honorarium for the creation of a design proposal. 

All applicants must be legal residents of the United States. The artists or artist teams must have the skills and experience commensurate with the responsibility of successfully completing a major public art installation. The Program is open to all artists regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical handicap. The Art Selection Committee reserves the right to give preference to those artists residing in Colorado. 

The schedule is as follows: 

  • April 18, 2015 – Deadline for receipt of submittal via CaFÉ™ system (note:  there is no application fee and it is free for artists to create a profile on CaFE in order to submit for this opportunity)
  • May 2016 – Selection panel meets to select Semi-Finalists 
  • May 2016 – Notification of Semi-Finalist selection 

Download full Request for Qualifications and application instructions here.



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