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TAMIU Invites Artists to Submit for 50th Anniversary Art Commission Project Posted: 4/04/19

TAMIU Invites Artists to Submit for 50th Anniversary Art Commission Project


Rosanne Palacios
Rosanne Palacios  

Artists and artist teams are invited to submit qualifications for a special art installation project commemorating Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) 50thAnniversary.

The artist or team selected for the commemorative art installation commission will create a painting that engages the official theme of TAMIU’s 50thAnniversary, “A World of Difference,” said Rosanne Palacios, TAMIU vice president for Institutional Advancement.

“All of us at TAMIU are excited as we prepare to soon launch a full year of activities celebrating the University’s 50 years of lasting and measurable legacy on its community, region, state and the world,” Palacios said, “This art installation will be a part of the festivities as the finished piece will be unveiled at a commemorative ceremony during the dedication of the new Academic Innovation Center, where the piece will be housed.”

The commission is open to artists or artist teams, Palacios explained, adding that the selected artist must display experience in their proposed painting medium. Student artists are eligible to apply and the selected artist must provide their own workspace, materials, and must agree to all commission deadlines, Palacios said. 

The deadline for submissions of qualifications is Friday, April 19 at 5 p.m.The selected artist will be awarded up to $5,000, and their work will join the collection of the art and historical artifacts inspiring scholars and the collective TAMIU community, Palacios said.

The project concept should celebrate the “World of Difference” TAMIU has made throughout its 50 years as a University, Palacios said.

“The finished piece should unite the University’s international identity, 50 years of history, and its transcendent impact on the people, culture, natural landscape, and the world,” Palacios said, “It should speak to the difference TAMIU has made and communicate how it will continue to shape the world around it. Key concepts we are seeking to include history, nature, empowerment, culture, connection, celebration and future.”

The canvas size should be no smaller than 4 feet by 6 feet and no larger than 10 feet by 12 feet, Palacios said. A committee will review applicants’ submissions and may identify no more than three artists or teams to be interviewed.

One artist or team will be selected to develop and execute the project in agreement with all commission details and deadlines. Selection will be based on the following criteria: quality of past work, concept sketch and artist statement, statement of interest, project references and interview.

The TAMIU Academic Innovation Center, where the piece will be housed, is a 120,000 square-foot facility which will house the growing engineering and science programs a well as the largest classroom addition to the campus. It will allow the University to expand higher education accessibility to an even greater number of students and also increase offerings in critical STEM fields.

The building, which will become home to many speaker series and lectures, will be visited by countless students, faculty, staff, and guests from around South Texas, Palacios said. TAMIU’s campus draws large numbers of community visitors annually, and this building will become a focal point of campus advancement, she added.

To review the full request for qualifications and required qualification materials, visit and scroll to “Create for the Future.”

For more information and details, please contact the TAMIU Office of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at 956.326.2176 or email

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

More of the University’s story is available on its website, and dedicated social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

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