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Juniata College Campus Sculpture RFQ
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Entry Deadline: 3/22/20
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Entry Fee (Juniata College Campus Sculpture RFQ ): $10.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 5
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 5
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Pennsylvania

Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Juniata College seeks to acquire or commission a contemporary outdoor sculpture for its campus, located in Central Pennsylvania. This work will mark the entrance to the recently completed (2017) Kepple Hall for Integrated Media and Studio Arts. Kepple Hall houses 2D and 3D studios for traditional and digital media: a photo studio, two digital studios, a 3D fabrication studio, and painting and drawing studios; it is the first building on campus where students creating many forms of art can collaborate and view each other's work on a daily basis.

It is desirable that the sculpture embody or suggest a spirit of peace and inclusivity, as might represent the intersection of academic disciplines (arts and sciences) and the welcoming nature of the campus community. Physically, the sculpture will mark a sightline that unites parts of the campus (see Site Plan).

This project is privately funded by individuals for the specific purpose of honoring the donors of Kepple Hall. The maximum total project budget is $50,000, inclusive of all fees, production or acquisition costs, shipping, installation and contingencies, whether incurred by artist directly or in conjunction with the College to install the work.

Juniata's mission is to provide an engaging personalized educational experience empowering our students to develop the skills, knowledge, and values that lead to a fulfilling life of service and ethical leadership in the global community.

Founded in 1876, Juniata is an independent, co-educational college of liberal arts and sciences. Located in the scenic mountains of central Pennsylvania, the beautiful 110-acre main campus is supplemented by the 365-acre Baker-Henry Nature Preserve and Baker Peace Chapel, designed in 1989 by architect and sculptor Maya Lin. In addition, a 365-acre Environmental Studies Field Station on nearby Raystown Lake provides one of the most distinctive opportunities in environmental science in the nation.

The College has a strong reputation for excellent academics, personal attention, and state-of-the-art technological resources. Juniata students enjoy small classes, a challenging and flexible curriculum, collaborative student-faculty relationships, countless chances to learn by doing, and a lively campus offering lots to do and great new friends.

As a liberal arts college with a large number of majors in the sciences, Juniata believes all students, regardless of academic focus, should experience the arts as a vital way of developing cultural experience, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. The Juniata College Museum of Art and the Juniata Presents Performing Artist Series contribute significantly to this philosophy, while enhancing the cultural richness of the campus and the region.

Visit Juniata online for more general information and campus visuals.

Interested artists should keep in mind the following preliminary conditions. Further site detail will be provided to short-list applicants.
  • The sculpture will be situated outdoors, without cover 
  • Media must be able to withstand a variable climate with significant rain, snowfall, ice, summer humidity/winter dryness
  • Site for sculpture is approximately 45’ x 25’, surrounded by walkways on all sides (see Site Plan and photos) and includes access to water and electrical
  • Preference is for a hardscape foundation for the sculpture
  • Avoid versions of Juniata’s “mascots” 
  • Avoid explicitly “historical” references to persons or events
Interested applicants must provide materials that demonstrate the suitability of their art work for this purpose as well as their ability to produce and/or deliver and install the work successfully, on budget, and in a timely fashion as agreed upon in a contract between Juniata College and the selected artist. New or existing work is eligible; make clear which you propose.
  • 3-5 (no more) images of relevant past work 
  • Image identification including project/object title, date, location, scale (dimensions) of work, medium, and owner/commissioning agent
  • Brief project proposal or statement about relevancy of work (max 3000 characters)
  • Artist resume or curriculum vitae (max 3 pages)
Applications must be submitted through CaFECall at
All applications are due by MARCH 22 at 11:59pm MST.

Email Kathryn Blake, Director, Juniata College Museum of Art, at

The Selection Committee has 9 voting members and 3 advisory members including Studio and Integrated Media faculty and students; Museum staff and Museum Studies students; Student representation at-large; College Administration; and the Donors. 

The Committee will review individually and come to consensus through discussion. From the RFQ submissions the Committee will generate a short-list of applicants (maximum of 3) to submit a fully realized proposal, including detailed budget and recommended maintenance plan for the object. Short-list applicants must also provide references for past projects. The Committee will select one submission for recommendation to College Administration for review, confirmation, and contracting. 

Key decision/due dates (subject to revision, if necessary):
March 22   Request for Qualifications DUE
April 3        Short-list Applicants Notified
April 26      Request for Proposals from Short-list Applicants DUE
May 8        Selection and Recommendation to Administration

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