Texas Tech Public Art Program Named One of Ten Best
May 18, 2006
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DATE: May 18, 2006
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LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University's Public Art Collection and Program has been named
one of the top 10 university public art collections in the nation by Public Art Review
The magazine includes an article covering its choices for the ten best programs in
the current spring/summer issue, which focuses on campus art nationwide.
Cecilia Carter Browne, public art manager for the Texas Tech University System, said
the recognition is an important acknowledgment of the program's success.
"It’s remarkable because we have a very young program here at Texas Tech," said Carter
Browne. "We only really got started in May 2001, so something like this is a great
source of pride for the University Public Art Program, as well as outstanding exposure
for Texas Tech."
“We have public art associated with our Lubbock and Amarillo campuses, and we have
an artist beginning work on our El Paso campus, too," Carter Browne added. "We are
working with some of today’s leading artists. It is a growing treasure trove of public
art that stresses the importance of the arts in our daily lives and fosters a culture
of learning. I believe Texas Tech’s University Public Art Collection will demonstrate
how the arts can stimulate the cultural, intellectual, and economic growth of a campus
Artists whose works are included on the Lubbock campus also have praised Texas Tech's
"I think people are going to take notice of Lubbock, just because of this program,"
said Jes?roles, a Texas sculptor whose monumental granite works at Texas Tech include
"Lapstrake" and "Square Spiral Arch: A Portal of Discovery."
"By the end of the year, there will be no collection in Texas that will rival the
Texas Tech collection."
Mike Mandel, an artist whose monumental photorealistic mosaic work is in Texas Tech’s
Jones AT&T Stadium, added praise.
“In contrast to some other major universities who only invite the usual suspects,
Texas Tech has commissioned a significant roster of artists of great range to create
a rich program in a part of the country where art is needed the most,” he said.
Numerous university collections and programs were nominated, and then the top ten
were selected by members of the Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network.
The other universities named to the list include Arizona State University in Tempe,
Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan., the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, the Pratt Institute in New York City, the University of California
in San Diego, the University of South Florida in Tampa, the University of Minnesota,
Western Washington University and Wichita State University.
“We are extremely honored to be listed along side these wonderful collections,” said
Carter Browne. “Some of these universities have been building their public art collections
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Publicly accessible art sited on college campuses is a centuries-old tradition, and
Texas Tech continues and literally “builds” on that tradition through its own percent-for-art
program. The university allocates 1 percent of the estimated total cost of each new
construction project and each repair and rehabilitation project that exceeds $500,000
for the acquisition of public art. An additional 1 percent is set aside for landscape
CONTACT: Cecilia Carter Browne, public art manager, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1170,
extension 319, or e-mail email@example.com.