6 Apr 2019

Public Art RFP Iversen Center for Faith RFP

Iversen Center for FaithSt. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: July 1, 2019 – Are you an artist with an interest in portraying the spiritual through the visual arts? The University of St. Thomas invites artists to submit proposals for original artwork to be included as part of the new multi-denominational Iversen Center for Faith, located on the St. Paul, Minnesota campus.

The University of St. Thomas invites artists’ proposals for new integrated artworks for the Iversen Center for Faith. Designed by Opus Design Build, L.L.C., this 23,000 square foot subterranean glass addition will create a contemporary touch to the Classical Revival architecture of the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, designed by Emmanuel Masqueray in 1916. The expansion puts the original chapel on a lighted pedestal and adds expanded space and amenities to better serve the contemporary needs of the campus community. This space will centralize all campus ministry offices and serve as the spiritual heart of the campus. It will include a multi-faith meditation room, sacred arts gallery, multipurpose gathering room for receptions and events, new bride and groom facilities, and an outside amphitheater. The dedication for the Iversen Center for Faith is planned for fall.

Projects may be proposed by individual artists or collectives (in which case a lead artist must be identified in the application). Organizations, architectural and engineering firms, design firms, galleries, and public art consultants are not eligible. This call is open to all artists in the United States who are at least 18 years of age. Artists with in-depth knowledge of sacred/ spiritual/religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The budget for the project will include several parts:

— Proposal Fee for Semifinalists: Three semifinalists for the commission will be identified by the Iversen Center for Faith Integrated Artwork Selection Committee during the review process. Semifinalists will be invited to prepare a more detailed proposal for which they will receive a fee of $1,500.

— Artist Fee for Final Project: The artist (or collective) selected for the commission will receive a one-time total fee of $15,000, payable in installments outlined in the written commission agreement for the project.

— Production Fee: The production budget (fabrication, logistics) will vary depending on the selected proposal but will not exceed $50,000 and must cover all associated costs of the project, including but not limited to design, fabrication, materials, labor, transportation, lodging, insurance, and installation of the works. The selected artist will receive a contract for design reviews, fabrication, and installation. The resulting artwork(s) will be owned by the University of St. Thomas. Artist shall retain copyright and must allow the University of St. Thomas permission to use images of the artwork(s) for educational and promotional purposes.



  • July 1, 2019: Application Deadline
  • August 1, 2019: Semifinalists Notified
  • October 1, 2019: Semifinalist Submission Deadline
  • November 1, 2019: Selected Artist Announced
  • November 2019 – May 2020: Project Development/Fabrication
  • June 2020: Artwork Installed and Unveiled (date to be confirmed)

All questions may be sent to ArtHistoryGallery@stthomas.edu.

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Public Art RFP. Opp Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 07 July thru Aug, and Open to U.S. Artists Only. Income: *No Application Fee and Purchase.

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