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Student Competition for Public Art on Campus

President Schwarz created the President's Award for Public Art on Campus to encourage the display of student-made public art on campus. The Committee is requesting proposals for an installation in an outdoor public space on the Purchase College campus. All forms of art are under consideration, including sculpture, murals and new media art. The chosen installation will remain in place for up to eleven months.

The competition is open to all current Purchase College students, regardless of major. Collaborative submissions with current Purchase College students are encouraged and artists may submit more than one proposal.

A stipend of $2500.00 is being offered to cover the cost of materials, fabrication, installation, maintenance costs and de-installation.

The submitted proposals will be evaluated by the members of the President's Committee for Public Art on Campus and the President's Office. All decisions are final. Decisions will be made on the basis of the submitted application and supporting materials and will consider the following criteria:

Artistic Merit: The proposed work should exhibit creativity and a high standard of design. The artist's application should, through previous work, demonstrate proficiency in the proposed medium.

Site Suitability: The proposed piece must be appropriate to the identified location in size, concept and visual quality and should be responsive to the environmental and social context. The installation must not disrupt pedestrian traffic or obstruct walkways.

Design Aesthetic: Artists should consider, but need not be limited to, the history, culture and architecture of the Purchase College campus and those who live and work here,

Durability: Artworks should be constructed from durable materials suitable to the outdoor site. Simplicity of maintenance and resistance to vandalism should be addressed in the design.

Students are encouraged to consult with faculty and staff for feedback on their submissions.

Proposals must be submitted to the School of Art+Design office c/o of Eric Wildrick (Visual Arts Building 2nd floor) by April 8, 2016. The artist(s) selected will be notified by April 22, 2016. The project must be completed and installed no later than September 1, 2016 and removed no later than August 31, 2017. Artist(s) will be required to assist with installation and de-installation of the artwork.

The following information should be provided in a Word or PDF document. Responses should be succinct.

  1. Contact Information
    Name, address, telephone, email, website (if any)

  2. Project Description
    Briefly describe the proposal including all materials, dimensions of the work and proposed method of installation.

  3. Site Location
    Identify the proposed location of the piece and include a description of why the artwork is appropriate for the site. A basic sketch of the piece, showing the location and orientation of the piece, should be included.

  4. Artist's Statement
    Provide a brief artist's statement for the work explaining the intended impact on the public.

  5. Artist's Previous Experience
    Describe previous experience that is relevant to the proposed project. Up to 5 images of recent, relevant work and image scripts should be included.

  6. Project Budget
    Provide an estimated budget of anticipated expenses including materials, fabrication, installation, site restoration, transportation and maintenance costs.

  7. Maintenance
    Briefly describe any maintenance requirements for the artwork during the display period, if any.

  8. References
    Provide the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two people, preferably members of the Purchase College community, who are familiar with your work.


  1. Installation: The artist will be required to assist with the installation of the artwork. Appropriate signage will be agreed upon by the artist and the Committee and will be mounted near the artwork.

  2. Maintenance: The artist will be available to assist with maintenance during the time the work is on display. Neither the Committee, nor the College, is responsible for any damage to the piece while it is installed at the site location.

  3. Removal and Site Restoration: The removal of the work is the responsibility of the artist. The artist is also responsible for restoring the site to its original condition, as necessary.

  4. Documentation: The artist retains sole ownership of the artwork but agrees to allow Purchase College to use any depictions of the work for any lawful purpose and all non-commercial use.


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