RFQ: Portland State University Vernier Science Center- Portland, OR

  • Commissioning Entity

    Oregon Arts Commission & Portland State University

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  • Location of Commission:

    OR, USA, Portland

  • Commission Portal

    View Link

  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    Peg Butler

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Commission Document

    Document not uploaded

  • Brief Description

    Through Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places Program, the Oregon Arts Commission and Portland State University (PSU) seek to commission artworks for locations at the Vernier Science Center (VSC), a newly renovated building on PSU’s Campus. Artists and artist teams who reside in the states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Alaska and Hawaii; and/or attended PSU, are eligible to apply. PSU alumni, emerging artists and artists from traditionally excluded or underrepresented communities, including communities of color, are especially encouraged to apply. Artists with current contracts through Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places program are not eligible. Design Approach- To disrupt past practices that have perpetuated structural racism and other inequities on campus, PSU is taking a new, equity-centered community design approach to the Vernier Science Center. This new approach has placed Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students in shared leadership roles throughout the visioning and design phases of this multi-million-dollar capital construction project. The project centers the lived experiences of BIPOC learners, staff, faculty, and community members in building design through a critical race theory-informed and anti-colonial outreach process. Because BIPOC individuals have an array of intersectional identities, outreach efforts also engage returning students, veterans, persons identifying as LGBTQIA+, individuals with disabilities and others. Key outcomes of this project are to create a science teaching and research center to serve Oregon’s most diverse student population, school-to-community workforce and leadership pathways and a welcoming learning environment that de-centers whiteness in STEM and highlights the centrality and criticality of Indigenous knowledges in climate futures. Please see commission document for full application information, guidelines and instructions.