Artists being sought to create large outdoor mural for UMass Dartmouth
UMass Dartmouth announced today a Call for Proposals to commission an artist or team of artists to create and install an outdoor mural at a high profile location on the University's main campus. The project is the latest initiative in the campus' Living Gallery project started by UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman to bring together university, local, and regional cultural and artistic leaders to re-imagine the campus as an artistic and architectural destination.
"We expect this mural will enrich and revitalize our campus," Chancellor Grossman said. "Renowned architect Paul Rudolph envisioned UMass Dartmouth as an academic utopia and we believe the Living Gallery project will help fulfill that vision through new landscaping, sculptures, and other art works. Our goal is to beautify the campus, create an artistic visual focal point, build a sense of pride among the University community, and link the campus to the history of the SouthCoast."
In April 2014 the Living Gallery took its initial step with the installation of "Gerry's Window" by sculptor, landscape artist and College of Visual & Performing Arts (CVPA) Alumnus Ron Rudnicki. "Gerry's Window" is a stone and steel work, located in the center of the nautilus bench adjacent to the CVPA Building on the university's main campus. In December CVPA Professor Eric Lintala installed a new sculpture located in the University's Claire T. Carney Library Living Room, "Tower Spirits", as the latest addition to the Living Gallery Project.
"Tower Spirits" and "Gerry's Window" have coincided with a series of pilot projects this year, which include scheduled lightings of the Robert Karam Campanile, the bell tower that stands between the Claire T. Carney Library and the Foster Administration building. Modernist architect Paul Rudolph, who designed the UMass Dartmouth campus in the early 1960s, included the campanile in his earliest sketches, as it was very important to his vision. An additional pilot project was the installation of hanging gardens completed in time for last year's Commencement Exercises. Hanging gardens were part of Paul Rudolph's original design so much so that mechanisms to support the gardens were installed and remain to this day.
UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research, and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional economic, social, and cultural development. UMass Dartmouth's mandate to serve its community is realized through countless partnerships, programs, and other outreach efforts to engage the community, and apply its knowledge to help address local issues and empower others to facilitate change for all.
The full Call for Proposals can be found at http://www.umassd.edu/admin_finance/departments/administrativeservices/purchasing/sourcingsolicitationsbids/.