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RFQ: Public Art Project | Coppin State University, College of Business

Deadline November 24, 2020

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Through renovations and a new addition, the existing Percy Julian Science and Art Building will be transformed into the new home of the  College of Business. The building is located at the northeast corner of North Avenue and Loop Road, directly opposite Coppin’s Science and Technology Center, completed in 2017. North Avenue is a high traffic east-west route in Central Baltimore and the Maryland Transit Administration’s second busiest bus route serving approximately four million customers annually and connects both the Baltimore Metro Subway and Light Rail systems. North Avenue also connects the Coppin campus to the recently established Pennsylvania Avenue Black Arts & Entertainment District and Historic Arch Social Club approximately one mile to the east of Coppin’s campus. The College of Business is one of the first buildings visible as one approaches the Campus from the east.  The dramatic new addition and renovations will emphasize the innovative academic programs offered, including vibrant outreach programs on the ground floor, strengthening the connection between the College of Business and the community.  The new College of Business building,  paired with the geometry and architectural fabric of the Science and Technology Center, will continue to activate and strengthen Coppin State’s presence providing an iconic gateway to the campus along North Avenue.
The commissioned artwork will be the first public artwork on the Coppin State University campus. Given its importance to the University and its prominent high visibility location, the artwork should honor the history and presence of the University as an urban HBCU with an open door to the Baltimore community. The artwork should reflect the overall values of the University to connect, inspire, and empower the residents of Baltimore and the state.