This construction project is a renovation project, slated to be completed in Fall 2016, to update Quigley Hall, the music and art building, on Western State Colorado University's campus in Gunnision, Colorado.
ABOUT WESTERN STATE COLORADO UNIVERSITY AND QUIGLEY HALL
The institution that is now Western State Colorado University was established in 1901. It was the first college on Colorado's Western Slope and is the fourth oldest public college in the state. Western's campus at an altitude of 7,700 feet sits nestled among the Colorado Rocky Mountains, creating a beautiful and inspiring locale. Crested Butte, known as Colorado's “last great ski town”, is the official Wildflower Capitol of Colorado—and just 30 miles north of Western's campus. Only minutes from campus is some of the world's best powder for skiing, granite faces for bouldering and climbing, miles of trails to hike and mountain bike and a whitewater park perfect for kayaking and rafting. Quigley Hall was constructed in 1967 and is home to Western's Art and Music programs’ classrooms, studios, a recital hall, a choir room and offices for professors.
The construction project will renovate Western State’s Quigley Hall. The project will maintain the same layout and structure of the building, with updated facilities and resources. The main entrance in front of the theater will be modified to be ADAA accessible, windows in the stairwell will be modified and widened, and the theater will be completely renovated. Display of student artwork will be a central focus inside the building with display cases throughout.
The public art budget is $151,600. 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. An honorarium will be provided in the amount of $1,000-$1,500. Out-of-state artists will receive $1,500 and in-state semi-finalists will receive $1,000.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC ART
Through the public art process, the Art Selection Committee will select the finalist artist(s)/team(s) who will work closely with the project architect and Art Selection Committee on the best approach to integrate the artwork(s) into the previously designed and constructed building. The building is slated to be completed Fall 2016.
The Art Selection panel is looking to commission an outdoor, 3D sculptural artwork for the exterior of Quigley Hall, specifically outside the entrance to the building’s art galleries. The panel would be interested in an artwork that engaged with the space of the building, but that is not attached. Kinetic and interactive artworks highly encouraged. The panel would like artwork that considers Quigley Hall’s role as the hub for the music and arts programs on campus in a more abstract than literal fashion.
Panel will consider the following:
- Artistic excellence;
- Technical competence;
- Suitability to potential site;
- Conceptual compatibility
- Scale, material, form and content
- Appropriate relationship to the function of the site
- Contribution to diversity of the State’s public art collection
- Structural and surface integrity;
- Accessibility by the public;
- Resistance to general wear, vandalism, or theft;
- Ease of maintenance, minimal and low cost maintenance;
- Compliance with applicable public safety codes.
Public art must be sustainable:
- Artwork in exterior spaces would need to be able to withstand the intense sun and snow, wind and temperature extremes and fluctuations characteristic of the area
- The artwork must be designed and fabricated to be durable, require low maintenance and low cost maintenance.
All applicants are expected to consider the issues of long-term preservation and maintenance of public art, along with the timeline and budget. Public art projects are in the public realm and may therefore be exposed to environmental challenges and subject to vandalism. Public art projects should be fabricated of highly durable, low maintenance materials. Semifinalists are encouraged to consult with a professional conservator prior to the submission of a final proposal.
COLORADO ART IN PUBLIC PLACES PROGRAM
All works of art purchased or commissioned pursuant to this request are owned by the State of Colorado via Western State Colorado University. De-accession of the public art, if necessary, will follow the policies and procedures established by the Colorado Creative Industries.
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.
SELECTION PROCESS AND SCHEDULE
The Art Selection Committee will review all complete submittals. A short list of semifinalists will be invited to prepare and present a final proposal in person and be paid an honorarium of $1,000 for in-state artists and $1,500 for out of state artists. Travel expenses may be reimbursed. Final selection(s) will be made from the semifinalists’ proposals. The schedule is as follows:
July 31, 2015, 11:59 MDT - Deadline for receipt of submittal via CaFÉ™ system
August 2015 – Selection panel meets to select Semi-Finalists
August 2015 - Semifinalists notified
September/October 2015- Semifinalists visit campus
November/December 2015 - Semifinalist presentations to the committee
February 2016 - Execute artist’s contracts
Summer/Fall 2016 – Installation of artwork(s)
All applications for this project are being accepted through CaFÉ™ (www.callforentry.org ). No hard copy submissions will be accepted. The applicant will be asked to submit six digital images of art and/or videos (see below for more information), a resume, a statement of interest and responses to questions. There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system. Applications must be submitted through CaFÉ™ to be considered.
Digital Images. In order to be considered for this project, the applicant must electronically submit six digital images of previously completed artworks through the CaFÉ™ system.
Instructions on how to use CaFÉ™ and format images/video can be found at www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml. Assistance in using the CaFÉ™ system is available during regular business hours by calling 303-629-1166, 1-888-562-7232 or email email@example.com.
Resume: Submit a current résumé, via CaFÉ™, that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist. Your resume may be any length, but the committee members are only required to read to the first two pages. If applying as a team, please submit a resume for each artist, with the lead artist first.
Statement of Interest and Responses to questions: A statement of interest in 250 words or less must be submitted via CaFÉ™. It should briefly outline the artist’s interest in the specific opportunity and the artist’s experience working on projects of this scope. Please also include answers to the questions specified in the CaFÉ™ application.
Questions: Questions posted on CaFÉ™ related to this project must be answered.
If you require more information or clarification, please contact Ruth Bruno, Public Art Program Manager, Colorado Creative Industries at 303-892-3813 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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