Tower Center at Unity Square committee extends call to artists

December 26, 2019
Provided courtesy of Bartlesville Community Center

With the grand opening of Tower Center at Unity Square just months away, a call to artists has been extended to local, state and nationwide artists to submit ideas for an artistic center piece for the urban gathering place. The Design Committee’s primary purpose for this competition to provide a unique centerpiece for the green space. The chosen solution will be an artistic installation with an interactive water component which celebrates unity, community and the unique attributes of Bartlesville.

In 2018, citizens voted to develop an urban gathering place to unite Taliesin Fellowship’s Community Center and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower. Tower Center at Unity Square will celebrate the arts with a performance venue, artistic play areas, open lawns for play and relaxation, inviting native stone and plantings, the sounds of water and intriguing sculptural pieces. The goal is to provide a gathering place where all people can interact with each other and the arts in a variety of ways. Static art displays will be joined by interactive art pieces, performances, and festivals to bring everyone together regardless of circumstance, culture, or lifestyle. It will be a place where we can dream our own dreams, and connect with our neighbors.

The centerpiece of Tower Center at Unity Square is the subject of this art competition. This installation will be located at the intersection of the design grids of the Community Center and Price Tower and will signify the coming together of all people with the arts and the natural environment. The winning design will be an artistic installation that is completed by public interaction, and will include a water component for play by the child in all of us. The unveiling of the final installation will be in the fall of 2020.

Funding has been set aside by the Bartlesville City Council for this important focal point in Tower Center at Unity Square. The budget for the entire project is $150,000, which will include all artist, Tower Center at Unity Square, architectural and structural design and contractor costs. JonesPlan, Tower Center at Unity Square’s contractor, will have completed their work by the time this contract is awarded but will remobilize to complete whatever items are required for the installation.

Submissions will be juried by a committee consisting of representatives from Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville Community Center, Bartlesville Art Association and selected community citizens. Ideas will be judged on relevance: whether or not the solution addresses the Tower Center at Unity Square’s goals of Unity, art, community, and interactive appeal; audience appeal — whether or not the solution appeals to diverse audiences, including adults, children, and citizens of all socioeconomic groups; and quality — whether or not the proposed project offers unique, innovative, and thoughtful ways of connecting Bartlesville citizens and visitors to Tower Center at Unity Square.

Artists interested in submitting a proposal are invited to find detailed information for submissions on the Bartlesville Community Center website at under the Call To Artists tab.