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The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Theatre and Dance Complex, located at the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX. Construction of the facility’s addition will be completed by December 2018.

The Charles E. Maedgen Theatre, built in 1964, houses faculty offices, classrooms, a black box theatre and a 400-seat proscenium theatre that has hosted over 170 University Theatre productions and many theatrical competitions. The 50,000 GSF Theatre and Dance Complex addition will include features such as a new lobby, updated black box theatre, classrooms, rehearsal spaces, green room, scene shop expansion, a CADD lab, and faculty/staff offices.

Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand West Texas’ intense weather conditions. The public art will serve to enhance and highlight the new entrance to the building. The current entrance will still be prominent; however, the public art at this location should attract visitors more directly to the new entrance and welcome them to the theatre. Ideal submissions should incorporate light into the piece as many visitors will be here during both the day and night. This piece should be outdoors and available to the community, as well as integrated into the environment. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist will have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project.

This piece should imply movement or a kinetic element and be interpretive and abstract. The sculpture should have a light and airy feel. Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided. Also, human forms, theatrical stereotypes, and literal sculpture should be avoided. Artists should attempt to create a design that speaks to the artistic expressions that will take place within this building, as well as welcome visitors to their experience in the Maedgen Theatre. We are seeking art that represents metaphorically the act of theatre.

Outdoor public art near this location include “Summer Tree Autumn Tree” by Corinne Ulmann, “Headwaters” by Larry Kirkland, and a reproduction of the ancient Greek sculpture “Zeus or Poseidon of Artemision” by an unknown artist (see photos in additional resources at Paintings by Tina Fuentes are in the current Maedgen Theatre lobby. Please keep in mind that all art pieces are nearby but not in direct view of this future installation.

To be considered, submissions must comply with the requirements outlined in this document. Objects that are mass-produced or of standard manufacture are not eligible for consideration.

Selected finalists will receive a maximum of $2000 for travel and design fees following the submission and presentation of a Design Proposal and a model.

Location: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Budget: $220,000

Application Deadline: June 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. (central)

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