The Radcliffe Institute, Harvard’s institute for advanced study, today announces the launch of its first public art competition dedicated to giving Harvard students the opportunity to create new art for the community. The winning student or team of students will receive a $5,000 prize and funding for construction of a public art installation in a prominent new garden space on Brattle Street at the Radcliffe Institute.
“The Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition offers students a unique opportunity to design and create an outdoor installation in a highly visible public space while contributing to the enrichment of intellectual and aesthetic life at Harvard,” says Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen. “The Radcliffe Institute is committed to fostering the creation of art and arts making at Harvard and beyond. Our fellowship program is distinctive among its peers for including artists along with academics and public intellectuals, and the arts play an important role in our public events.”
The winning student or team of students will oversee the construction of their design—in coordination with the Radcliffe Institute and professionals in the field—on the 72’ x 54’ garden landscape, equipped with water, drainage, electricity, Internet access, and seating. “We hope the versatility of the space will inspire a wide range of submissions using everything from natural plant material to public sculpture and audiovisual resources,” Cohen said. “I look forward to seeing what bold ideas the competition’s inaugural year will bring us.”
The competition is open to all students enrolled in a Harvard degree program. Simple registration is due by November 30, 2012, and final submissions are due on January 30, 2013. The winning installation will be displayed in Radcliffe Yard.
All design submissions will be judged by Harvard faculty from across the University, including:
- Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
- Anita Berrizbeitia, professor of landscape architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
- Chris Reed, adjunct professor of landscape architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and principal, Stoss Landscape Urbanism
- Jennifer L. Roberts, professor of the history of art and architecture and chair, Program in the History of American Civilization, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- David Rodowick, chair and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- Diana Sorensen, dean of arts and humanities, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Further submission details and more information about the Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition are online: www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/publicart.
About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences. The Fellowship Program annually supports the work of 50 leading artists and scholars. Academic Ventures fosters collaborative research projects and seminars, and sponsors lectures and conferences to engage scholars with the public. The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America furthers the Institute’s commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. For more information about the people, ideas, and events of the Radcliffe Institute, visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.