University of Illinois Seeks Artists for Permanent Public Art

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University of Illinois Seeks Artists for Permanent Public Art




University of Illinois Art in Architecture at SCCIL
Budget: $330,000
Activated: 02/07/2023
Deadline: 03/30/2023

Call Summary
The Art in Architecture (AIA) Program of the University of Illinois is pleased to announce a Call for Art (CFA). Artists are invited to submit proposals for consideration to be considered for permanent public art at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The Art in Architecture committee will consider purchasing available works of art as well as commissioning new work. This call seeks art for the new South Campus Center for Interdisciplinary Learning (SCCIL) in Champaign, Illinois. The project is scheduled to start construction in May 2023 and is scheduled for completion in late December 2024. The plan is to make the award early in 2024, with installation in spring 2025.
Budget Description
No one artist can be paid more than $99,999

Project Description
The project consists of a new 4-story structure designed to house instructional, studio, and meeting spaces as well as faculty offices. The new facility will satisfy a need for additional room on campus to accommodate democratizing education and support the University’s land grant mission with on-line education, experiential learning, expanded enrollment, and the support growth of faculty and academic staff within a new flexible, sustainable, and resilient facility. The instructional space — including the classrooms and studios — will be general assignment spaces open to all of campus, rather than designed primarily for a single college or department. The structure will be located between the existing Business Instructional Facility (BIF) and Huff Hall on the current E12 parking lot on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. The building address will be 503 Gregory Drive, Champaign, IL 61820. The project architect and the AIA committee have identified multiple potential locations for artwork throughout the building and on the exterior site. These locations are not intended to limit the artists, who are welcome to propose alternate locations.

Artwork Goals
The committee has created the objectives for specific area to complement both the building and campus. Choice of media for the project is broad but should be in material suitable for a long life in either an exterior or interior environment. Both two- and three-dimensional artwork are welcome. Depending on the location, the artist should consider works that have an impact from both a close-up range and from a distance.

Artwork Location Description
The proposed locations for artwork appear in the attached document. Final placement of the artwork will be decided by the committee and, where appropriate, in consultation with the artist. If unable to view the attached, please e-mail

This CFA is open to all artists, artisans, designers, or artist-led teams with a substantial track record currently residing and legally permitted to work in the United States.

Application Requirements
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 – 10
Letter of Interest : 300 word maximum
Artist Statement of intent (one page maximum, specifically about the proposed work, not only a generic artist statement)
References: 3

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

Selection Information
Artists and artist-led teams interested in the project should email one copy of each of the following items. Each should be labeled with the artist’s name, the project name, and project number.

  • Images of the artwork (photography for extant work, and detailed renderings for proposed commissions) along with dimensions, materials, and general description of the work
  • Artist CV (if a team, one from each member) with contact information
  • Artist Statement of intent (one page maximum, specifically about the proposed work, not only a generic artist statement)
  • Contact information for professional references

Note: Send images as JPEG or PDF files only. All submittals become the property of the University of Illinois Art in Architecture Program and will not be returned. The artist retains all copyrights to their work.
Submission material may be delivered by email to:

Interested artists must send complete proposals by March 30, 2023 at 4:00 P.M.

*Assume time zones are relative to call location.

Additional Resources
Full CFA

Contact Information
Erika Lee
1501 S. Oak
Champaign/Urbana, Illinois IL 61820 United States