Rev. Robert Gilbert (BA ’67) and Barbara Walker (BA ’67)
The late Rev. Robert Gilbert, B.A. ’67, and Mrs. Barbara Walker, B.A. ’67, are two remarkable Baylor alumni who broke the barriers of segregation on the Baylor campus and left the University to live as leaders and servants in our world. On June 2, 1967, Gilbert and Walker became the first Black students to earn undergraduate degrees from Baylor, receiving their diplomas in alphabetical order during the same commencement ceremony.
Earning degrees from Baylor opened doors to Gilbert and Walker that likely would have otherwise remained closed to them. Even more profound are the doors their courage opened to all the students of color who today call Baylor home. The presence of the new statue(s) honoring people of color on the Baylor campus will contribute to a more complete telling of the Baylor story and will honor all who have contributed to the institution’s success across the ages. The new outdoor statue also will create a highly visible, welcoming message that all members of the Baylor Family are valued in fulfillment of the University’s Christian mission.
|Request for Qualifications Process Announced||Friday, July 2, 2021|
|Pre-Submission Conference Call||Friday, July 16, 2021|
|Deadline for Questions||Friday, August 6, 2021|
|Response to Questions||Wednesday, August 11, 2021|
|Submissions Due||Friday, August 13, 2021|
|Up to 3 Finalists Identified (May be lengthened to allow time for review of responses)||Friday, August 27, 2021|
|Finalist Interviews (Finalists must produce maquette during this time)||October - November|
|Tentative Contract Award||October - November|
Request for Qualifications
The University seeks an artist to collaborate with our project team to create a bronze life-sized statue(s) of Gilbert and Walker in front of the newly renovated and historic Tidwell Bible Building on the Baylor campus. The team wants this new addition to reflect the diversity of the Baylor Family and to celebrate the achievements of Gilbert and Walker in becoming Baylor’s first Black graduates and making a lasting impact upon their communities.
Qualified artists are invited to submit the form at the link below to receive the Request for Qualifications document, which contains more information about the project and details for how to be considered. Minimum criteria for consideration are that the artist must:
- Have successfully completed no less than three works in similar size, scale and method of fabrication within the last 10 years.
- Evidence a capacity to self-perform required castings or manufacture of the finished work or can identify the firms or individuals that the respondent will retain to do so.
The selection committee will then identify finalists to submit maquettes and accompanying proposals, from which the winning selection will be made.