(Fremont County, WY) – Casper College is currently constructing a new Visual Arts Building, and through the State’s Art in Public Buildings program, exterior artwork will be commissioned for the new facility.
A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to artists with a deadline of Dec. 10, 2021. RFQ submissions and additional details, including a site plan, eligibility requirements, timelines, and budget information are available on CaFE.
There is a committee for the project, tasked with reviewing applications, selecting finalists, and making the final artwork selection. Wyoming artists are given preference.
The Visual Arts Building is located at the northeast entrance to campus. It is designed with clean and simple materials in order to serve as a backdrop for the art being created and displayed.
There is a lot of natural light and large windows to allow the outside in, to give students natural light and good views, and to allow those outside the ability to see in.
The committee is interested in exterior, site-specific work. There are several locations in the south plaza that could accommodate large sculptural work. Artists may consider one or more of these locations.
Work in this area would be highly visible when approaching campus, and would be visible from inside the building from the second floor. There is also the possibility for work on the northeast corner of the site in front of the large metal paneling that surrounds the outdoor kiln yard.
The committee would like to see artwork that connects to the college and the Visual Art Department’s emphasis on teaching foundations, and/or offers a conceptual approach to the landscape, environment, and sense of place. The committee would like to see work that appreciates the clean and simple design approach of the building and utilizes it as a backdrop, work that is colorful and unique, and contemporary. The committee is not interested in representational work.
The committee is particularly interested in artists who are willing to work with students during the creation and installation processes, or be willing to provide public art talks or lectures.
Art in Public Buildings legislation for the State of Wyoming is administered through the Wyoming Arts Council. For more information, please contact Rachel Clifton at the Arts Council at [email protected] or 307-256-0500.