RFQ: Calling the Catamount – Sculpting a New Mascot for Western Carolina University

  • Commissioning Entity

    The WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center

  • Application Open Date

    02/17/2022

  • Application Deadline Date

    04/01/2022

  • Minimum Budget

    $

  • Maximum Budget

    $175000

  • Location of Commission:

    North Carolina, United States, Cullowhee

  • Commission Portal

    View Link

  • Geographic Eligibilty

    Applicants in country of installation

  • Contact Name

    Sara Rincon

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone

    (828) 227-2479

  • Commission Document

    Document not uploaded

  • Brief Description

    The WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center is seeking artist’s qualifications, portfolios, and proposals in order to commission a new sculpture of the Catamount, a fierce and elusive mountain cat adopted by Western Carolina University as its mascot in 1932. This 8 - 10 foot sculpture will replace our current 6’ Catamount at the front and center of WCU’s well manicured campus, greeting visitors and attendees as they arrive on site; cementing the first impression many prospective students have of the school. The artist(s) chosen for this commission will receive a 1 year contract to cover the planning, creation, and installation of WCU’s newest public art piece. Once completed and installed, the sculpture will become the property of WCU, where it will remain on display on Western’s main campus, under the care of the WCU Fine Art Museum’s permanent public art collection. The sculpture should be constructed of any long-lasting durable material, such as bronze, stone, etc.