RISCA Puts Out Call For Art For New URI Building

Jun 13, 2014

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts has put out a call for new art.  The work will be installed at the University of Rhode Island’s brand new center for chemical and life sciences.

The artwork will be funded through a law that says when a new building is built with state dollars, then one percent of the construction budget will be set aside for public art. In the case of URI’s 120,000 square-foot new science building, the project has a budget of more than four-hundred fifty thousand dollars. RISCA’s director, Randall Rosenbaum, said they’re looking for work in all types of mediums that could go either inside the building or outside.

"The building itself is fairly massive.  You need a piece that has a great presence. Those tend to be larger pieces. Most of the money goes into the actual cost of buying the materials and fabricating the finished work," said Rosenbaum.

Rosenbaum, says a search committee will probably select one or two works, and are looking for art that will reflect use of the science building. They hope to make a decision by September; the building is slated to open in fall of 2015.

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