University Of New Hampshire
Announces Commission For Wildcat Sculpture
Contact: Kim Billings
UNH Media Relations
June 3, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire and its Alumni
Association have issued a call for entries inviting artists to submit
proposals for a larger-than-life sculpture of the wildcat, the university's
The commission is made possible through funding from the Edward
and Selma Bacon Simon Fund, gifts from Alumni Association classes
and chapters and a grant from the UNH Parents Association.
Artists interested in submitting proposals are welcome to attend
an informational meeting Wednesday, June 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. at
the Elliott Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Road, Durham, New Hampshire.
July 16 is the postmark deadline for all proposals (or hand-delivered
by 4 p.m.). Finalists will be selected in August, and will be asked
to present their proposals to the university community in the fall.
“We are very pleased to commission this project. The wildcat
has long been a symbol of the university's proud traditions, and
this sculpture will become a fitting symbol of our UNH spirit,”
says President Ann Weaver Hart. “The proposal also offers
the opportunity for the UNH community to benefit from the insights,
talent and experience that artists will share with us.”
The wildcat sculpture is the first project to be administered under
guidelines established by the university’s Committee for Campus
Aesthetics. The guidelines are based on successful public art programs
at other universities and those administered by state and federal
agencies. The guidelines are designed to promote the thoughtful
development of the university campus.
Artists who have demonstrated experience in public art commissions
are encouraged to apply. Only works constructed of a durable material
that will endure New Hampshire's weather will be considered. The
work will be a representational image. Any presentational support
or base will be considered part of the project and should be designed
by the artist. The commission will be awarded in November 2004.
Installation and dedication is tentatively planned for fall 2005.
Complete information is online at http://www.alumni.unh.edu/info/sculpture.html.
Interested parties may also contact Brenda Cote, UNH Alumni Association,
Elliott Alumni Center, Durham, NH 03824, (603) 862-2040, Fax: (603)
862-4126, e-mail: Brenda.Cote@unh.edu
for further details.