(AUSTIN) – The Texas State University System’s (TSUS) Public Art Program launched its first-ever set of open calls to artists today. The application period involves three public art opportunities exceeding $1 million in commissions. Qualified artists may apply between now and June 8, 2023, for commissions ranging from $250,000 to $600,000.
The TSUS Board of Regents approved a policy update last year establishing the Public Art Program at the system level, which requires one percent of all capital projects to be spent on the acquisition of public art. The Public Art Program provides students and campus visitors the opportunity to interact with museum-quality artwork on a daily basis.
“As our university system grows, so does the opportunity to add to our institutions’ public art collections. We are excited to commission fine artists who stimulate curiosity and underscore the system’s commitment to create inclusive campuses that promote student success in school and life,” said Marjorie Flanagan, TSUS Director of Public Art. “We always look forward to opportunities to expand the public art collection for all to enjoy.”
Each of the three commissions will be selected through a competitive process by the system’s Committee on Public Art, which comprises students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visual arts professionals. The TSUS Public Art Program will host an artist information session to answer questions about the application process and the three artwork opportunities. For more information about the opportunities, including where to apply, visit https://www.tsus.edu/about-tsus/tsus-public-art/news.html.