University of Illinois Law Building Classroom Revitalization Renovation


The Art in Architecture (AIA) Program of the University of Illinois Facilities & Services is pleased to announce a Request for Direct Purchase of Artwork (RDPA). Professional artists are invited to submit images of available work to be considered for the permanent original public art at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). This call seeks art for the Law Building Classroom Revitalization Renovation in Champaign, Illinois. The project is currently in design and is scheduled to complete construction in the late spring of 2020.

Project Name:                         Law Building Classroom Revitalization Renovation

Project Number:                     U16030

Submission Deadline:             Friday, June 15, 2018

                                                4:00 P.M.


This RDPA is open to all professional artists, artisans or artist-led teams currently residing and legally permitted to work the United States. Faculty, instructors and staff of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as well as degree-seeking fine art students are ineligible to apply.


This project includes the renovation of the College of Law classroom spaces along with significant deferred maintenance items such as partial roof replacement, replacement of air handling equipment, and correcting certain life safety issues. The building is located on the southwest side of the campus adjacent to Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. The address for the existing property is 504 East Pennsylvania, Champaign, IL. and is designated Building # 156. The original building was completed in 1954 and a major addition was added in 1992.


The committee has created the objectives for these specific areas to complement and celebrate the building’s use. Choice of media for the project is broad but should be in material suitable for an exterior environment.

Location:        Exterior public plaza spaces on the north side of the main lobby (Site A) and north of the dining area (Site B). See attached site plan

Medium:          Three-dimensional pieces ground mounted, suitable for exterior environments.

Theme:            The College of Law has a long history at the University and in the State of Illinois. President Lincoln’s social conscience and thoughtful approach has been celebrated throughout the College and the University. Over time this has developed into a mindful approach relative to how we live our lives here in central Illinois. Social justice has been at the forefront of this approach for many years and is reflected in the educational approach used at the College of Law. This artwork should be expressive of this progressive, forward thinking philosophy and representative of social justice.


The artwork will be located somewhere in the north plaza (Site A) adjacent to the Main Lobby or in the plaza area northeast of the dining area (Site B). The Selection Committee will consider the artist’s suggestions on where to best locate the artwork.


The budget to cover the artwork shall not exceed $30,000. Submitted pieces must fit within the budget. If more than one piece of artwork is selected, then the committee will decide how this budget will be divided between the artwork.

This budget covers all expenses associated with, but not limited to the design, labor, fabrication, project management, materials, tools, contracted services, operations and meetings, travel required to complete the artwork installation, installation, permits, licenses, taxes, insurance, transportation and delivery of the artwork to the site.

If special installation requirements are needed for large and/or complex pieces, the artist is responsible for working with the University of Illinois Facilities & Services Art in Architecture Program and other relevant partners to coordinate all aspects of the installation. Facilities & Services will provide reinforced, structured attachment points on which the artwork can be mounted.


Artist and/or artist teams may submit their work for consideration and selection by the Selection Committee as defined below. The artist’s work that is selected will be announced through the email to all submitters. Letters/emails will be sent to the selected artist with details of the purchase process.

Do not send proposals unless you have been contacted by the Art in Architecture Coordinator.


Artists and artist-led teams interested in the project should email one copy of each of the following criteria. Each item should be labeled with the artist’s name.

·         Images of the artwork along with size and media of the artwork

·         Artist Resume (if a team- one from each team member) with current contact information

·         Artist Statement of intent (one page maximum)

·         Professional references including contact information

Note: Send images as JPEG files only. Slides will not be accepted nor returned. All submittals become the property of the University of Illinois Art in Architecture Program and will not be returned. The artist retains copyrights to their work.


Interested artists must send images of the material by Friday June 15, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.

Submissions received after this date will not be considered for this project but will be kept for possible review and consideration for other Art in Architecture projects.


Submission material may be delivered by:

Email to

Hand delivered submissions should be addressed to:

Art in Architecture Program

University of Illinois

Facilities & Services/ Capital Programs

1501 South Oak Street

Champaign, Illinois 61820



Contact:          Doug Reddington @


The Resolution for an Art in Architecture Policy approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on January 20, 2011, established a policy for all new building and major renovation projects requiring Board approval to devote 0.5% of the construction budget to securing works of art that shall be placed within public areas at the project site.

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Friday, June 15, 2018
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Doug Reddington
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1501 South Oak St
Champaign  Illinois  61820
United States