President Emeritus Thomas J. Schwarz established the President’s Committee for Public Art on Campus to encourage the display of student-made, public art on campus.
The committee is currently requesting proposals for consideration, including sculpture, murals, and new media art to be installed in public spaces on the Purchase College campus. The chosen installation will remain in place from one to three years based on site rotation.
Students are encouraged to consult with faculty and staff for feedback on their submissions. Please contact Rachel Owens with any questions or concerns.
- All proposals are due by midnight on Sunday, April 19.
- The committee will respond to finalists’ proposals by Monday, April 27.
- The winner will be notified by Friday, May 1.
The competition is open to all current Purchase College students, regardless of major. Collaborative submissions between current Purchase College students is encouraged.
An award of $500.00 will go to the selected artist(s) with a budget up to $3500.00 to cover the cost of materials, fabrication, installation, maintenance costs, and de-installation.
The following information should be uploaded to Google Drive in a PDF document no larger than 10MB total:
- Name, address, telephone, email, website (if any), class year, and major/advisor.
- Briefly describe the proposal including all materials, dimensions of the work and proposed method of installation.
- Identify the proposed location of the piece and include a description of why the artwork is appropriate for the site.
- A rendering or sketch of the piece, showing the location and orientation of the piece, should be included.
- Provide a brief artist’s statement for the work explaining the intended impact on the public.
Artist’s Previous Experience
- Describe previous experience that is relevant to the proposed project.
- Up to 10 images of recent, relevant work and image scripts should be included.
- Provide an estimated budget of anticipated expenses including materials, fabrication, installation, site restoration, transportation, and maintenance costs.
- Briefly describe any maintenance requirements for the artwork during the display period, if any.
- Provide the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of two people, preferably members of the Purchase College community, who are familiar with your work.
- The artist will be required to assist with the installation of the artwork.
- Appropriate signage will be agreed upon by the artist and the committee and will be mounted near the artwork.
- The artist will be available to assist with maintenance during the months the work is on display.
- Neither the committee, nor the college, is responsible for any damage to the piece while it is installed at the site location.
Removal and Site Restoration
- The removal of the work is the responsibility of the artist.
- The artist is also responsible for restoring the site to its original condition, as necessary.
- The artist retains sole ownership of the artwork but agrees to allow Purchase College to use any depictions of the work for any lawful purpose and all non-commercial use.
The submitted proposals will be evaluated by the members of the President’s Committee for Public Art on Campus and their selection will be presented to the President for final approval.
All decisions are final. Decisions will be made on the basis of the submitted application and supporting materials and will consider the following criteria:
- The proposed work should exhibit creativity and a high standard of design.
- The artist’s application should, through previous work, demonstrate proficiency in the proposed medium.
- The proposed piece must be appropriate to the identified location in size, concept, and visual quality and should be responsive to the environmental and social context.
- The installation must not disrupt pedestrian traffic or obstruct walkways.
- Sites should be chosen from the list below:
Circle and concrete pad in Fort Awesome courtyard
Lower lobby, courtyard, and upper lobby
Plaza and Arcades
Student Services Building
South Side lobby window area
In vicinity of new amphitheater area
Pending approval from facilities and capital planning. Please contact Rachel Owens for more information on the approval process.
- Artists should consider, but need not be limited to, the history, culture and architecture of the Purchase College campus and those who live and work here.
- Artworks should be constructed from durable materials suitable to the outdoor site.
- Simplicity of maintenance and resistance to vandalism should be addressed in the design.