Mayborn Museum

Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum announces plans for life-sized Columbian Mammoth sculpture, requests applications from qualified artists

Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex has received an anonymous and extremely generous gift to kick off its master plan renovation goals. The first step in this new vision will be a statement piece for the museum, the university, and the City of Waco. The new outdoor icon, a life-sized bronze sculpture of a Columbian Mammoth cow and calf, will welcome local, national, and international visitors into one of the region’s most popular cultural attractions, the Mayborn Museum Complex.

Part of the museum’s history is the 30 years of excavation that ultimately became Waco Mammoth National Monument (WMNM). As an institution of natural science and cultural history, the museum seeks a realistic interpretation of Columbian Mammoths that should meet the need of relating in some special way to the collection of mammoth remains found in Waco at the WMNM and housed both there and at the Mayborn Museum.

The museum seeks an artist to collaborate with the project team to create a unique icon on University Parks Drive, and to help re-brand the entrance to the museum. The team wants this new addition to reflect the engagement within the building, the legacy of Waco and the museum, and the exciting future in store.

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 two works in similar scale and media within the last 10 years.
  • Evidence a capacity to self-perform required castings and fabrication 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.

Receive the Request for Qualifications.