The placement of outdoor artwork at the UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho campus is made possible through an agreement between the city of Rio Rancho and UNM. UNM contributed $15,000 and the city allocated $15,000 from the Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax fund revenues passed by voters in 2008 related to the construction of the UNM Health Sciences campus in Rio Rancho.
A call for artists for this project and ten qualified proposals were received. A seven-member local selection committee (LSC) was convened for the art selection process, which included members of UNM administration, Rio Rancho citizen volunteers, and members of the Rio Rancho Arts Commission.
“After much deliberation and discussion, the committee chose Mr. Lutz's proposal for its ambition, conceptual sophistication and beauty,’ said Jaymes Dudding, Rio Rancho Arts Commission chairman and LSC coordinator.
Lutz has worked as a print-maker, sculptor, painter, and has recently begun working in graphic design. He has been an art teacher at Rio Rancho High School since 1998.