Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NJ State Council on the Arts: The College of New Jersey Brower Student Center Public Art Call

Arts Inclusion for the Brower Student Center
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, New Jersey
The College of New Jersey is located on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban, Ewing, New Jersey.  Ewing is approximately 5 miles from Trenton, the State Capital, and 60 minutes from Philadelphia and New York.  The College is primarily an undergraduate and residential college with targeted graduate programs.  Its diverse community of learners is dedicated to free inquiry and open exchange, to excellence in teaching, creativity, scholarship, and citizenship, and to the transformative power of education in a highly competitive institution. 
The renovated Brower Student Center (BSC) will serve as the centerpiece and primary collection point for The College of New Jersey campus community. The revitalized Student Center will provide new meeting spaces, event spaces, areas for student organizations and commuters, collaborative study space and lounges, and fully renovated dining facilities for the whole campus community. It will be the place on campus to meet, study, dine, ‘see and be seen’, thus providing a true interactive collegiate experience.
The Brower Student Center
The mission of the Brower Student Center is to provide educationally purposeful on-campus activities for all TCNJ students and to maintain partnerships within the community that accentuate the student and community experience.   Programmatically, the BSC is the community hub of the College, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests.  It is also home to our 200+ student organizations; hosts out-of-classroom learning experiences, including social and recreational programming; and offers a vital dining program. 
The Brower Student Center, originally opened in 1976, was built to support an earlier generation of students who were primarily commuters to the College. The 90,000sf renovated Student Center will be transformed to support current student needs and projected growth. The 16,000 sf addition supports College’s need for a large scale, state-of-the art, multi-purpose venue. The building program includes an expanded Food Court, a new restaurant with performance space, the information desk, a game room, lounges, conference rooms, Student Affairs offices, student activities spaces.

Art Inclusion
The identified location for art is an 18’ x 24’ section of wall adjacent to the main entrance. It faces a large northern terrace and the main academic sidewalk. Renovation is underway with a completion date of July, 2017.
The budget for this project is $120,000. This includes design, materials, fabrication and installation of the artwork as outlined in the RFP.

July 1, 2015 Call for Artists Open on CallforEntry (Café)
August 3, 2015 Online Café Closed at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time Zone.
September 11, 2015 Shortlisted Artists notified
September 24, 2015 Project Orientation Meeting
October 1, 2015 Inquiry period ends
October 12, 2015 Shortlisted Proposals Due
October, 2015 Shortlisted Skype Interviews as needed
November, 2015 Finalist Interviews at TCNJ
February, 2016 Artist Contract Awarded
April, 2017 Art Installation Complete
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