Contemplative Sites Program

Aerial Image of Progress Pride Path in Knox Quad.

An aerial image of the completed public art install of "Progress Pride Paths," in August 2021. It’s the first project in the new Contemplative Sites series of public art displays and can be seen on Knox Quad on the North Campus. Photographer: Douglas Levere

The University at Buffalo’s Contemplative Sites Sub-committee, an offshoot of UB’s campus-wide Public Art Committee, is seeking thematic ideas from members of our community for UB’s 2021-22 Contemplative Sites Program. 

About UB’s Contemplative Sites Program

UB’s Contemplative Sites are one-year public art installations on North and South Campuses designed to enhance our campus experience and engage our university community in contemplating key issues of our time. The first of these installations was the Progress Pride Paths artwork in Knox Quad. 

Submission Guidelines

Each submission must be sponsored by a recognized UB entity such as a department, office, club, association, committee, or institute. Joint submissions by multiple entities are encouraged. A UB entity may collaborate with a non-UB entity as appropriate. The submitting entity commits to organizing one educational event around the project theme during the academic year.

Submission Ideas

  • Should reflect UB’s values on diversity and inclusion
  • Should encourage reflection and community building
  • Do not need to be accompanied by artwork. The committee will work with the submitting group to select a local artist with expertise in public art to develop the work.
  • While not mandatory, we encourage submissions that are directly connected to the history of UB.

Project Timeline

  • Deadline for idea submissions: November 30, 2021
  • Winning submission(s) will be selected by the end of the fall 2021 semester
  • Artwork Development: January 30, 2022 – April 30, 2022
  • Artwork will be developed by a local public artist with guidance and consultation from the submitting group and the Public Art Committee
  • Art Dedication and Unveiling: May 2022

Submission Questionnaire

Share your idea for a contemplative site:

Contact for More Information

Kelly M Hayes Mcalonie.

Kelly M. Hayes Mcalonie FAIA, LEED AP


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