The University of St. Thomas invites artists’ proposals for new integrated artworks for the Iversen Center for Faith. Designed by Opus Design Build, this 23,000 square foot subterranean glass addition will create a contemporary touch to the Classical Revival architecture of the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, designed by Emmanuel Masqueray in 1916. The expansion puts the original chapel on a lighted pedestal and adds expanded space and amenities to better serve the contemporary needs of the campus community. This space will centralize all campus ministry offices and serve as the spiritual heart of the campus. It will include a multi-faith meditation room, sacred arts gallery, multipurpose gathering room for receptions and events, new bride and groom facilities, and an outside amphitheater. The dedication for the Iversen Center for Faith is planned for fall 2020.
Deadline: 8 Jul 2019 (Deadline extended)
Projects may be proposed by individual artists or collectives (in which case a lead artist must be identified in the application). Organizations, architectural and engineering firms, design firms, galleries, and public art consultants are not eligible. This call is open to all artists in the United States who are at least 18 years of age. Artists with in-depth knowledge of sacred/spiritual/religious backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Iversen Center For Faith Artist Benefits
The artist or selected collective will receive a one-time total fee of $15,000, payable in installments outlined in the written commission agreement for the project. The artwork will be on display to the campus community and the public. Strong community relationships are a priority for St. Thomas. Neighbors are as much a part of the campus as the students, staff, and faculty.
Every year St. Thomas holds an annual Sacred Arts Festival, addressing the unique relationships with the divine in an interfaith method. The selected artwork would have increased viewing during this week of events. Ideally, it will represent the diversity of the campus and not solely the Catholic mission on which the University was established.
About The University of St. Thomas
As Minnesota’s largest private university, with approximately 10,000 students from 50 states and 63 countries, St. Thomas has metropolitan campuses in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Rome. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate majors with opportunities for cross-disciplinary coursework in the liberal arts. It has 60 graduate degree programs including engineering, business, and law.
The University of St. Thomas, a Catholic comprehensive urban university, is known nationally for academic excellence that prepares students for the complexities of the contemporary world. Through disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry and deep intercultural understanding, they inspire students to lead, work, and serve with the skill and empathy vital to creating a better world.
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