Gilbert & Walker Statues

The University seeks an artist to collaborate with our project team to create a bronze life-sized statue(s) of Rev. Robert Gilbert and Mrs. Barbara Walker in front of the newly renovated and historic Tidwell Bible Building on the Baylor campus.

Baylor University has undergone an extensive process to research its complete history with the establishment of the Commission on Historic Campus Representations. The Commission’s work was made public in March 2021, and it recommended using physical representations to better communicate the many contributions of Black students, faculty and staff throughout Baylor’s history.

Robert Gilbert and Barbara Walker

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.

Timeline

Milestone Final Date
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. 

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