Schlow Centre Region Library Sculpture Project
c/o Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
P.O. Box 1023
State College, PA 16804




The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts seeks to commission a unique and permanent work of art on behalf of Schlow Centre Region Library and the Centre Area Transportation Authority to be placed in front of the library in downtown State College, Pennsylvania.


The Client


Schlow Centre Region Library is located at the corner of Allen Street and Beaver Avenue in the heart of downtown State College.  The library serves not only the borough of State College, but also the surrounding townships that make up the Centre Region. It is part of the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries.


Then known as the Bella S. Schlow Memorial Library, the library opened to the public in 1957 in two rooms of a rented house on College Avenue. In 1965 the library moved to its current site at the intersection of Beaver Avenue and South Allen Street, in a building that formerly housed the State College Post Office. Shortly thereafter the library became a regional institution when it started to receive financial support from the townships surrounding the Borough of State College. In 1986, the library expanded once again, adding an addition in the postmodern style that housed a new entrance, elevator and meeting room.


This building was demolished in 2004 and a new library, designed by Hayes Large Architects, opened on the site of the old one in October 2005. The building’s cupola and golden dove weathervane were salvaged from the old building and reinstalled on the new structure.

The Library annually serves over 350,000 visitors, checks out over 700,000 items and offers educational programs to over 27,000 attendees.


The corner of Beaver Avenue and Allen Street serves as a transportation hub for those traveling to and from downtown State College on the CATABUS system, operated by the Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA).


Not only does the corner act as a major transit stop for three of the Authority’s routes and a transfer point to meet other buses in the downtown area, but its Downtown Sales Pass Office is located at street level on Beaver Avenue under the Schlow Library. The Downtown Sales Pass Office is by far the busier of the Authority’s two office locations, handling the majority of monthly pass and token sales and questions from the traveling public.


In 2005 CATA became the first transportation agency on the East Coast to have replaced its entire fleet with one that operates solely on clean compressed natural gas. On an average day, the system’s clean natural gas powered vehicles provide over 35,000 individual rides with a total yearly ridership of just over 7.1 million.


The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (CPFA) was founded by the State College Chamber of Commerce and Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture in 1967. Over the years, the festival has grown to encompass a well regarded Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, a juried mid-Atlantic regional fine art and craft gallery exhibition, children’s events, and music, dance and theatrical performances, a book festival and educational opportunities for young and old. Since 1995 the CPFA has produced First Night® State College, a family oriented alcohol free New Year’s Eve event. The Festival has worked with government agencies, local committees, and The Pennsylvania State University to promote and commission public art in downtown State College in the Centre Region.






The Site


The work will be anchored to the ground in front of the library directly in front of the northwest corner of the library building, on one of the busiest street corners in the Borough of State College.


Learn more by viewing the video below:

Schlow Centre Region Library Public Art Project on Vimeo.



Schlow Centre Region Library Gallery


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The Submission


Applicants must submit the following items through

· a letter of interest not more than 5000 characters long describing their work, other commissioned work they have completed, and their vision for this piece
· no more than ten digital images of the his or her work
· a current resume


All materials must be submitted online via CaFETM. There is no application fee to use CaFETM online application system. To view the application for this project,, register a user name and password, and then navigate to Apply to Calls and search for Schlow Centre Region Library Sculpture Project, State College, PA.


The Selection Process


A selection panel will meet to evaluate the submissions. The panel will be made of library administrators, a representative of the Centre Area Transportation Authority,  artists and arts professionals who have been engaged by the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts specifically for this project.


Jurors will select a winning entry by the quality of the artist’s work and his or her response to site. The ability to respond to these values will also be considered:

· A vibrant downtown is important to the Borough of State College and the Centre Region (State College in addition to College, Ferguson, Harris, Halfmoon, and Patton Townships)
· A library, whether paper or electronic, is a source for self-improvement and discovery.
· Public transportation occupies a key role in Centre Region
· The works should bring focus to the site.


The artists’ experience in completing commissions of this scope will be considered.


Three artists will be chosen to produce maquettes and will receive an honorarium of $1,250. Half of this will be paid in advance, and the second half will be paid on delivery of the maquette, due on January 2, 2013  Applicants chosen to produce a maquette are strongly encouraged to visit the site. The commission will be awarded after evaluation of the maquettes. The panel reserves the right not to award the commission.


The selection will be based on the quality of the artist’s work, the artist’s vision for the piece, and ability to complete commissions of this scope.




The commission will be worth $36,000 to the selected artist.  The artist will enter into a contract with the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts for the production of the work.




Entry Deadline: Midnight, MST October 25, 2012  
Maquette Due: January 2, 2013.
Commission Awarded: January 9, 2013




The Pennsylvania State University
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Penn State Alumni Association
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Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors’ Bureau is a one stop resource for information about lodging, attractions, and outdoor recreation for leisure and business travelers as well as local residents.

Downtown State College Improvement District
Downtown State College is much more than a college town. It’s a neighborhood - with diverse, civic-minded residents and a wide, deep variety of businesses. It’s also a small city, with a lively nightlife, unique shopping, and an eclectic selection of restaurants, theaters and hotels sure to satisfy virtually any taste or mood.

Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County
The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County is the largest and most comprehensive chamber in Centre County, and a primary resource for anyone interested in living, working or doing business in Central Pennsylvania.

Borough of State College
The official website of the Borough of State College.

State College, PA---Wikipedia




Please contact the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. (814) 237-3682,
or by e-mailing at


Mailing address


State College Public Art
c/o Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
P.O. Box 1023
State College, PA 16804



Previous Art Projects


In 2008 the Festival managed a competition on behalf of Penn State for a site specific work for the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library in the Stuckeman Family Building on Penn State’s University Park campus. The commission was awarded to Amy Baur and Brian Bolden of Minneapolis and was dedicated in 2009.
(Photos courtesy inplainsight art)

In 2001 the Festival, commissioned on behalf of Penn State, a large fiber work for the multi-story lobby of the Pattee Library and the Paterno Library on Penn State’s University Park campus. The commission was awarded to Laurie dill-Kocher of Rochester, NY. The piece was unveiled in September 2002.


Image left: The Dawn of Magic, by Laurie dill-Kocher, Rochester, NY, hangs in the lobby area of Pattee and Paterno Libraries.