The University Art Galleries Department is now accepting entries from professional artists to create a permanent sculpture to be housed in the Memorial Student Center (MSC) on the campus of Texas A&M University. The commission awarded to the selected artist will total $350,000. The MSC is currently undergoing a major renovation. The installation of this sculpture will be the capstone to the entire project and is planned to coincide with the ceremonial opening of the building in September.
The call for artists is phase one of the commissioning process. In this phase, the artists need to send a resume that reflects their ability to handle a project of this size along with representative images of their previous work. On the basis of the received applications, three finalists will be selected by the jury to move on to Phase Two. In Phase Two, the three finalists will receive $4,000 each to visit the College Station campus, review the site, and produce a maquette of their proposed suspended sculptural installation. If the maquette design is approved and accepted by the university, a standard contract for commissioning of artwork will be made between the university and the artist.
Sculpture proposals are not limited in style or medium. There is no theme for this site-specific competition. Instead artists are asked to review the architectural design of the building as a whole and propose something that will foster the vision of the MSC as a vibrant and welcoming place for students and reflect the MSC’s role as the gateway to campus.
Twelfth Man Hall in 3-story void near stairwell outside Stark Galleries.
Images of the site are provided in the following links:
Architectural rendering of the site location is provided in the links below:
The architectural design of the area incorporates support for a suspended object of up to 3,000 lbs as well as 110V power locations for future lighting of the sculpture. There is also 220V power and data cable available at the suspension point.
Artists should submit their resume and images of previous work no later than October 16, 2011 by 11:59:00 p.m. CDT. The three finalists will be announced no later than November 4, 2011 by 12:00 pm CDT. The names of the three finalists will be updated on this website and they would be contacted by the following week with more details about the Phase Two.
The competition is open to U.S. artists, working independently or as a collaborative group.
For inquiries about sculpture commission competition, call us on (979)845-8501.
Anticipated Competition Schedule
|Call for Artists||August 1 2011|
|Deadline for Applications||October 16, 2011|
|Announcement of Finalists||No later than November 4, 2011|
|Presentation of Maquettes to Jury||Early February 2012|
|Commission Award||No later than February 10, 2012|
|Installation of Sculpture||Last week of August/First week of September 2012|