University of Nebraska Omaha, Arts & Science Hall

Submitted by Nebraska Arts Council

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Client: Nebraska Arts Council

Location: Omaha, NE, United States

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $95,803

Project Team

Manager

Meagan Dion

Nebraska Arts Council

campuss architect

Bradley Muehling

Nebraska University

Overview

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) is the largest college at UNO with more than 20 academic undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences as well as interdisciplinary programs that combine these perspectives to prepare our students to address the world’s greatest challenges–climate change and sustainability, ethics, globalization (war, immigration, nationalism), strategic deterrence and assurance, healthcare and mental health, human rights, social and economic inequality, women’s and gender issues, analytics and data science. Other programs in ASH include School of Communications, International Programs and Aerospace Studies.

The committee will entertain a wide variety of possibilities that may include earthwork, works built from traditional or non-traditional materials and/or new technology. There site includes two open areas on either side of the main staircase or the combination of two. The site is currently nondescript, providing a “blank canvas.” Artwork should be durable and low maintenance.

Goals


The Committee is seeking artists who can propose, build and install a site specific artwork for the historic Arts & Sciences Hall. The committee envisions an artwork that complements and enhances the design and scale of the structure. The artwork design should invite students, faculty and visitor into the space. We encourage work that has the potential to become a meeting place or study space, a favorite photo backdrop or a place for contemplation and healing. The committee expects the artwork to become a focal point on the campus, generating excitement and inspiration for those who experience it.

This was one of the first buildings on campus and was often used as a gathering space. Its Georgian revival architecture features an iconic cupola, which is often depicted in campus images. The committee would like to honor that history and re-envision how the building and the exterior artwork might embody those aspects into the future.

Process

The ASH Selection Committee, in consultation with the Nebraska Arts Council, has full oversight for the selection of an artist for this project.
Professional public artists or artist teams in the United States. The committee reviews RFQ submissions on SlideRoom. Three finalists will present proposals in Omaha, NE, and will receive a proposal honorarium and a travel stipend (if applicable). At the time of finalist presentations, proposals include concept, design, and budget.

RFQ Open: June 1, 2020
Submission Deadline: August 21, 2020
Finalists Notified: August 28, 2020
Proposal Presentations: October 14, 2020
Artwork Installed: October 2021

Additional Information

A maximum of $95,803.00 is available for the selected artist or artists’ team (All travel and lodging, equipment rental, supplies and fabrication for the final design and commission will be responsibility of the artist/artists team).