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Public Art for The College of New Jersey Travers Wolfe Hall

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: New Jersey
Entry Deadline: 1/2/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 4, Maximum: 6


Art Inclusion for the Travers-Wolfe Hall Renovation

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey


The College of New Jersey is located on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban, Ewing, New Jersey.  Ewing is approximately 5 miles from Trenton, the State Capital, and 60 minutes from Philadelphia and New York.  The College is primarily an undergraduate and residential college with targeted graduate programs.  Its diverse community of learners is dedicated to free inquiry and open exchange, to excellence in teaching, creativity, scholarship, and citizenship, and to the transformative power of education in a highly competitive institution. 

Travers-Wolfe Hall

Travers-Wolfe Hall is a residence hall that opened in 1971.  The building has two 11-story U-shaped wings connected by a 2-story link.  Each tower houses over 500 students in primarily double occupancy rooms.  The 2-story link houses a large lounge, offices, and recreation rooms on the first floor, and a dining facility (T-Dubs) on the lower level.  Travers-Wolfe Hall is on a sloping site with first floor main entrances on the north side and lower level entrances on the south side. 

The College has hired an architect to design a complete renovation of Travers-Wolfe Hall. Site plans, elevations and renderings will be available to shortlisted artists. The intent is to award the artwork commission in time for the architects to incorporate the artwork into the renovation design. For this reason, the commission will be awarded long before the proposed installation date.

The construction of this project is scheduled to be completed in phases starting in May 2020 and completing in August 2022.  The intent is to renovate one tower over a one-year period, followed by the second tower over a one-year period.  See the Milestone Schedule below.

Art Inclusion

The artist will work with the College and the architect to define a location and any infrastructure needs for the artwork in and around the Travers-Wolfe Hall project site. There is no preferred art medium but the artwork is envisioned to be located outside in a public venue. Possible site locations for the artwork include the roofline/façade of the connector/entrance building, the entrance plaza, the lower courtyard, and/or the tower facades. Preliminary building and site design drawings will be provided to shortlisted artists.


The budget for this project is $235,000 all inclusive (design, fabrication, engineering, transportation, installation, insurance, documentation, and any other costs required to complete the art inclusion project). Three finalists each will receive $2,000 to help cover travel and interview preparation expenses.


Artists must submit a resume along with 4-6 images from comparable projects for consideration. A shortlist of up to 8 artists will be selected from Café based on interest, suitability, and/or comparable experience. Shortlisted artists will have an opportunity to discuss possibilities and goals with the selection committee during a skype interview. Artists will have approximately 1 month to prepare a concept for consideration. After review of the proposals, three finalists will be invited for an on campus interview which must include a PowerPoint presentation, samples of materials, time line, budget and a narrative describing the inspiration for the design, the fabrication process and installation. The selection committee will recommend to the College one artist to receive the commission.

 Tentative Schedule

November 21, 2017     RFP Open on Call for Entry (Café)

January 2, 2018           Online Café Closed at midnight, MST.

February 7, 2018         Shortlisted Artists notified

February 21, 2018        Skype Interview to discuss ideas/goals

March 21, 2018            Proposals Due

April 19, 2018              Finalist Interviews at TCNJ

July, 2018                    Artist Contract Awarded

July, 2021 or 2022        Art Installation (to be decided in consultation with the architect)

 Legal Agreement
 The College of New Jersey reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject any or all applications, proposals, applicants, or projects, and to modify or terminate the application process or the selection process for any reason and without prior notice unless otherwise required by applicable law. Applicant agrees that any and all materials submitted pursuant to this call for entry become the property of The College of New Jersey and shall not be returned to Applicant. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Applicant shall retain all copyright in the work which may be held by Applicant.
This call is only open to artists or artist collaborations based in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, or Washington DC.
To download the complete RFP and a sample contract, please go to the project page:

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