Request for Qualifications For Public Art: UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND FINE ARTS CENTER- Kingston, RI

  • Commissioning Entity

    Rhode Island State Council On The Arts

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  • Location of Commission

    Kingston, Rhode Island, United States

  • Commission Portal

    View Link

  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    Molly Dickinson

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Commission Document

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  • Brief Description

    Artwork for the University of Rhode Island College of Arts and Sciences Fine Arts Center, Kingston Campus, will be commissioned by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) through Rhode Island’s Public Art Law, which mandates that 1% of all state capital construction and renovation funds be allocated to the purchase and maintenance of public art. Through this program, the State recognizes that “public art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens.”

    In February and March of 2022, a series of community listening sessions were held to garner input from students, faculty, staff, and alumni. From these sessions, it emerged that an effective public art commission might:

    • Create a welcoming atmosphere for students, faculty, community, and guests. ]
      • Be colorful or vibrant
      • Be inviting in both daytime and nighttime
      • Consider the building from all sides
    • Reflect the University’spride in the students and academic programs within
    • Broadcast, highlight or showcase the exciting work that is happening at the FAC.
      • Complement, not compete with, the academic departments.
    • Bring the three academic departments of Visual Arts, Music, Theatre together.
    • Think of placemaking opportunities:
      • Create a space where students can gather and engage together
      • Be a space-maker, not space-taker.
      • Offer opportunities to engage with light and nature.

      • This call is open to all professional artists.  Students are excluded. Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with others. The panel will not discriminate against any applicant based on age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, or physical challenges. Excluded from participation are RISCA Council members, staff, and their family members as well as Public Art Selection Panel members and their families.

        Please see commission portal link for full application information and instructions