Posted at 2:20 p.m., Dec. 8, 2015

Wyoming Arts Council seeks art for new college building

The Wyoming Arts Council is accepting applications for art projects to be displayed in the college’s new Flexible Industrial Technology Building and the Student Services and University Center, which are currently being constructed at Laramie County Community College.

The Flex-Tech building, scheduled to open fall 2016, will house the diesel technology, engineering technology, expanded welding fabrication and construction management programs.

The selection committee is seeking outdoor work, including a sculpture for the courtyard and artwork for the exterior walls. The committee is also interested in work for the second-floor hallway, which will be visible from outside. The works can be new media, video, kinetic or mobile. $63,659 has been budgeted for the works.

The committee is particularly interested in work that pays respect to tradespeople, the history and importance of trades in Wyoming, and the future of trade industries in the state. Artwork should merge the “grease and dirty hands” of the trades with the high-tech aspects of today’s careers. The committee is interested in work that connects the innovative design of the building with the advancement of the programs being offered at LCCC, and should inspire and motivate students to want to work in these fields.

The Student Services and University Center building will be the new focal point for student services as well as housing advising, admissions, disability services, a bookstore, a conference center open to the public, classroom space, science labs and a floor dedicated to the University of Wyoming for extension services. It is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017.

The selection committee is seeking three sculptures: one for the south/public entrance, one for the north/student entrance or quad area and one for the interior of the building. Approximately $90,000 has been budgeted for the artwork.

The committee is interested in work that expresses the new phase and forward direction of the college, work that represents the LCCC identity, reflects the purpose of the building, or that expresses students’ paths at the college. The committee encourages work that is dynamic and that incorporates or alludes to LCCC programs.

Funding for the artwork is set aside as part of the total budget for the building as part of state statute for public buildings.

Images of the buildings and additional information can be found at the WAC website. A full call of entries, including budget, timeline, building descriptions and types of artwork can be found at the CaFE website (www.callforentry.org). The deadline for application entries is Dec. 31.