OAC: Request for Qualification – Exterior Artwork Commission, OSU (Due 11/12/23)

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Request for Qualifications:

Art in Public Places Opportunity

Oregon State University, Upper Division Housing, Corvallis, OR

The Oregon Arts Commission invites artists to submit qualifications to be considered for an exterior artwork commission at the Oregon State University Upper Division Housing and Graduate Student Housing project in Corvallis, Oregon.

The 90,000-square-foot Upper Division Housing and Graduate Student Housing (USGSH) is a new construction project consisting of a five-story apartment-style building with adjacent parking. The building is scheduled to open in summer 2024.

View a PDF of the Request for Qualifications – Exterior Artwork

Materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023.


National and international professional artists and artist teams residing west of the Mississippi River in North America (including all of Mexico and Canadian Provinces from British Columbia to Manitoba, including Yukon and Northwest Territories) are eligible to apply. Artists from traditionally or currently underserved communities including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color are especially encouraged to apply.



Approximately $240,000 for a site-specific art commission. Artist commissions are inclusive of artist fees, materials, fabrication, insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation and any other project costs.


Selection Process & Timeline

A selection committee appointed for each project will review applications and select finalists for a concept proposal process. Exterior project finalists will receive an artist fee of $2,400 per artist/artist team to produce an art concept proposal. Finalists will present their proposals to the selection committee. The estimated date for the exterior artwork installation is to be determined, based on scale and budget specific to the work.

Art Goals & Themes

The art selection committee is not prescribing specific themes, goals or desired characteristics for the USGSH project. Commissioned artwork should draw inspiration from the site and/or its users. Artwork is expected to be of materials and design that are lasting, sustainable and as maintenance-free as possible. If the artwork is interactive, it must be usable for people with mobility impairment.

Art Location

The selection committee is interested in having artists consider site-specific artwork at two potential exterior sites. See the specific RFQ for more information and images of the locations.

About Oregon State University

Established in 1868, OSU was founded as a land grant institution. It was established on the idea that everybody deserves an extraordinary, attainable and accessible education, and had a vision to become a national model for inclusive excellence. OSU continues to build on more than 150 years of excellence and is one of only three universities in the U.S. to hold the Land, Sea, Space and Sun Grant designation. Currently, OSU is Oregon’s leading public research university with nearly 200 degree programs.


OSU’s Corvallis campus is located within the traditional homelands of the Marys River Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855, the Kalapuya people were forcibly removed and relocated to reservations in western Oregon. Today, living descendants of these people are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.


More Information

For more details and how to apply, see the Oregon State University Upper Division Housing Request for Qualifications PDF.



Questions? Contact Renee Couture, project manager.

Oregon Arts Commission | 503-986-0082 | www.oregonartscommission.org