Call for Artists: Commission of an Exterior Artwork at OIT’s Cornett Hall in Klamath Falls

Oregon Arts Commission: Invitation to Artists

The Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) request qualifications for the commission of an exterior artwork at OIT’s Cornett Hall in Klamath Falls.

OIT’s Cornett Hall in Klamath Falls

About Cornett Hall

Originally built in 1964, the 101,000 sq ft Cornett Hall has been adapted over the years to accommodate a wide variety of programs. Recent renovations have updated the building to be a modern and safe lab and classroom building to educate students for technology jobs at this growing polytechnic university. The interior architecture has an industrial yet modern feel with spaces that are open, flexible and durable for handling various engineering processes, from dirty to high tech.

Cornett Hall is the primary project lab building for the School of Engineering, Technology and Management, consisting of industrial labs, classrooms and workspaces, primarily for the departments of Civil Engineering and Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology. It is also home to the Oregon Renewable Energy Center, Campus Security and Environmental Health and Safety.

Budget:

An approximate total of $130,000 is available for commissioning new site-specific exterior art, which will include artist fees, fabrication, insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation and all other project costs.

Eligibility:

Artists and artist teams living in Oregon, Washington and northern California are eligible to apply. Artists currently on Oregon’s Public Artist Roster must apply directly to this call.

Deadline:

Completed applications must be received no later than Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Selection Process

The Selection Committee will review applications and select up to three finalists who will be invited to submit a detailed project proposal for which they will be paid a design stipend of $800. If selected as a finalist, proposers will be invited for a site visit. Though this tour is not required, it is an opportunity for artists to familiarize themselves with the art zone, surrounding space and campus community.

Art Zone: The Courtyard

The selected art zone is a 20 x 20 ft site located within the large and open-spaced courtyard area in the center of Cornett Hall. The newly redesigned courtyard is intended to serve as an outdoor learning and social space. It is highly visible from the building’s lobby and there are large bay doors that open from adjacent lab spaces into the courtyard.

All artwork materials must be durable, low maintenance and compatible with outdoor application.

Potential Aesthetic and Thematic Characteristics

*     Respectful and responsive to the architecture of Cornett Hall through materials and/or structural form;

*     Conceptually connected to engineering (civil and mechanical) through materials, material behavior, structural form;

*     Shows actual movement (kinetic) or suggestive of movement; and

*     Encourages interaction and engagement, possibly through movement, touch or sound.

More Information

For more details and how to apply see the Cornett Hall Request for Qualifications PDF.

Learn more about OIT: https://www.oit.edu

Learn more about the Cornett Hall renovation project: https://www.oit.edu/faculty-staff/facilities-services/projects/active-projects.  

Questions? Contact Renee Couture, Project Manager, 541-496-4666 or coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com.

This project is made possible through Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places program.