The University of West Florida invites artists to submit letters of interest and qualifications, along with project renderings, to be considered for the commission of permanent sculptures to be installed on the campus of the University of West Florida. The call is open to all professional artists or teams of artists. Artists may propose a single installation, a series, or a connective pathway between works of art. The artworks will be maintained and owned by the University of West Florida.
The university is increasingly foregrounding interaction between colleges/disciplines, and the commissioned sculptures will be a visual component of these initiatives. General objectives of the project are: to highlight the potential for collaboration across disciplines; to visually (or otherwise) link the science and art buildings on campus (across the road from one another); and to stimulate thinking on transdisciplinary work.
Questions/concepts to consider might be:
Transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary integration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
Is it possible to rise above merely illustrating a design and practice? We seek projects that will integrate the disciplines.
How does transdisciplinary/interdisciplinary practice further creativity and awareness?
How can the production of this project and a resultant sculpture directly and compellingly engage in interdisciplinary issues?
Projects that actively engage interdisciplinary practice in design, installation, etc. and projects that continue to operate as a locus for hybrids of disciplines.
Any other concept that explores transdisciplinary practice.
The call to artists is open to a range of ways in which this might be addressed. Some areas that might be of interest include perception, geometry in art and reverence (sacred geometry, the golden ration), color and the sensory, eco-art and the local longleaf pine (see E.O. Wilson, Half-Earth Project, 175-79, and attached site photos), the sublime, sound/silence, nature and memory, optics and the use of light (including natural), the will of nature/the will of man, among others.
University of West Florida and Site Description
The University of West Florida has just celebrated its 50th anniversary. Located in Pensacola, Florida near the Gulf of Mexico, it has the second largest campus in the Florida State University system with 1600 acres, much of which is undeveloped. The climate is considered to be humid sub-tropical. The natural setting is complex with rivers, wetlands, and meadows along with diverse foliage.
Two campus locations have been identified for the installations. They are across from one another on either side of a main road which winds its way through the university campus. (View the interactive campus map and related photos below.) This area includes a large open lawn on one side where the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Building 82) is located and an area with a number of trees abutting a sidewalk on the other where the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering is located (Building 4). Bldg. 82 is just South, Southeast of Bldg. 4. Occasional University-related social activities take place on the lawn of building 82.
The sculptures will be visible to traffic by foot and by car and must be lit at night. Maps, photographs, and additional descriptions are provided below
For more information, see https://uwf.edu/cfpa/call-for-public-art/