Luther seeks art design proposals for Sampson Hoffland's stairwell

June 17, 2010

Luther College invites professionals with experience in site-specific design to submit conceptual design proposals for artwork that transforms the Carlson Atrium stairwell of Sampson Hoffland Laboratories at Luther College.

Sampson Hoffland Laboratories building is a newly constructed state-of-the-art science facility at Luther College, housing the biology and chemistry departments and providing both teaching and research laboratories for undergraduate education. The two-story Carlson Atrium serves as a central gathering area and is the focal point of the facility both from the building entrance and from the street.

Access to the upper level of the atrium space is via an open stairwell, which is painted in a cool blue tone with gray tile, blond maple wood and a prominent aluminum theme. Above the stairwell is a large wall, 16 feet wide by 11 feet tall, that is visible from both the lower level and exterior of the building.

Luther College is seeking a piece of art for this space that reflects the chemistry department. Each proposal could be based on the attached design. However, modifications would be welcome. The artwork may be two or three dimensional and composed of metal.

Because the artwork must be wall mounted, it should be noted that the walls are composed of sheetrock held by metal studs, thus having limited load capacity. Any artwork of significant weight load should be designed with appropriate weight-bearing strategies.

Proposals must be submitted by August 1 with installation by the end of January 31, 2011.

Proposals for the first stage of the process should include a proposal along with all costs related to the project, including design, production and installation of all related artwork.

Send completed proposals to:

Marcia Bullerman
Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101

Questions? Contact Scott Carlson, [email protected], (563) 387-1552; or David Kamm [email protected], (563) 387-1665.

Additional information about Luther College, including images of the campus, can be viewed on the Luther website ( Images of Sampson Hoffland Laboratories and the atrium space may be viewed at (see first page) and Individuals developing proposals are also invited and encouraged to visit Luther College to see the stairwell site.


Sampson Hoffland Laboratories