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Art in Public Buildings Program - University of Wyoming Science Initiative Building

Grants to USA Artists to Create Artwork for a Science
Facility on a Wyoming University Campus

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Grants totaling $90,000 to USA artists to create artwork for a new science facility being constructed on a university campus in Wyoming. Artists from Wyoming will be given preference. Artwork will be commissioned for both the interior and exterior of the facility. All genres, styles, conceptual approaches, and mediums will be considered, including digital work (video, audio, sound, light, etc.). All proposed artwork must be durable, structurally sound, secure, site appropriate, and easy to maintain. Additional drawings, site plans, and information will be provided to the artists invited to submit complete proposals.

The University of Wyoming is constructing a new Science Initiative Building on the campus in Laramie. Through the State of Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings program, artwork will be commissioned for the new facility. The committee would like to see artwork that encompasses the theme of education, specifically participatory education and active learning. The adjacent Engineering Education and Research Building (EERB, scheduled to open in February 2019), will also be installing public art. Exterior art on this part of campus would engage pedestrian traffic and have a high degree of visibility for the public and for faculty, staff, and students.

Interior artwork may either complement or contrast the design and palette of the building. Additional themes that the committee would like artists to consider are: Wyoming as laboratory, education as a partnership, research as a platform for learning, experiential learning, and themes directly connected to the programs, education, and research occurring in the building, including: Life sciences from the molecular level to earth systems biology (multiple scales), examining the various components of life sciences and how they fit together, and data imaging.

The second level of the building is most conducive for artwork and will have the most public access. There are multiple walls within the facility that could accommodate large scale artwork. There are some locations on the interior of the building that have been identified for digital displays. These displays may be available to artists as content has not yet been generated. A double height space by the main entrance is open to the second and third levels and could support a ceiling mounted piece.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185108

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The total project budget available for artwork is $90,000. This amount may be allocated for multiple artists/artworks or for various locations. A more specific budget allocation will be determined by the committee after finalists are selected.

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The building is scheduled to open in 2021.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to artists. This is a national RFQ. Wyoming artists will be given preference.

Pre-Application Information:

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to artists with a deadline of February 25, 2019.

The selection committee will review the submissions to this RFQ in March 2019. Following review, select artists will be asked to submit a complete formal design proposal. A decision will be made by May 2019.

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If you have any questions about the project or need more information on the selection process, please contact the Wyoming Arts Council, 307-777-7742 or

Contact: Rachel Clifton

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