1% for Art Commission Announced for UNK Health Science Education Building

1% for Art Commission Announced for UNK Health Science Education Building

(Above) Daniel Goldstein, proposal rendering for atrium interior of Health Science Education Building.

The Nebraska Arts Council, in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Nebraska Medical Center, is pleased to announce the commission of a large-scale sculptural installation by San Francisco-based artist Daniel Goldstein for the new Health Science Education Building at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Artwork was also purchased for the building from Nebraska artists James Bockelman, Berly Brown, Ben Darling, Gary Day, Stephen Dinsmore, Michael Farrell, Charles Guildner, Karen Kunc, Michael Larsen, Diane Lounsberry-Williams, Deborah Murphy, Christina Narwicz, John Spence, Barbara Takenaga and Bart Vargas. The 1% for Art budget for the Health Science Education Building is approximately $160,000. Selected artwork was chosen by the 1% for Art committee, which consisted of representatives from the College of Allied Health, College of Nursing, UNK, UNMC, the project agency, arts professionals and public constituents. The application and review process spanned seven months.

Building upon architect RDG’s braided river design elements, Daniel Goldstein’s suspended sculptural design was inspired by Nebraska’s Platte River. The light, slightly kinetic, suspended sculpture will consist of hundreds of colourful anodized aluminium pieces, whose inherent reflective sheen alludes to the colourful Midwest sunset reflecting on water.

Goldstein states, “The river is a perfect metaphor for a health science education building. A river spreads out over great distances while enriching its surroundings, so will the students who emerge from this center of learning. A river moves forward, so will the research and knowledge as this school creates social and scientific advances for the improvement of rural health. A river ties communities together, so will the many graduates who will remain connected to each other and this school because of their common college experiences.”

Daniel Goldstein is a San Francisco-based artist originally from New York. His woodblock prints, collages and sculptures have been exhibited in leading galleries and museums throughout the world. His undergraduate studies took place at Brandeis University where he studied with Michael Mazer and Peter Grippe. He received his BA at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Graduate studies continued at San Francisco State University and St. Martin’s in London, where his teachers included Sir Anthony Caro and William Tucker.

Permanent collections containing Daniel’s work include the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Oakland Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and Brooklyn Museum of Art. His large public sculptures are owned by numerous American and international corporations and municipalities. His mobiles and kinetic works are on display in plazas, lobbies, train stations and town squares from California to Pennsylvania. Additionally, Daniel is the founding president of Under One Roof and Visual Aid, two highly successful non-profits that generate funds for education, medical and support services. More information can be found on his website:

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The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) have built a new, impressive learning and research environment that promotes education in rural primary care, generates scientific discoveries and new knowledge about rural health, and enhances strategies to promote high-quality primary care in rural communities by creating academic and community partnerships around rural health problems and opportunities.

This project added a new 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art building on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus. The UNMC College of Nursing Kearney division will move from its current location in the West Center Building on the Kearney campus to this new site. The UNMC School of Allied Health Professions opened five of its programs on the Kearney campus and are now housed in this building. The building includes state-of-the-art classrooms, extensive simulation and clinical skills laboratories for pre-clinical education and complex clinical scenarios, learning studio and seminar rooms, health assessment laboratories and simulated primary care spaces, a gross anatomy lab, administrative and faculty and staff office space.

About the 1% for Art in Nebraska Program
Nebraska’s 1% for Art law has been in effect since 1978 and has generated more than $3.5 million in artwork for Nebraska’s state buildings, state colleges and the university system. The number of projects generated each year is dependent on legislative appropriations for new construction in excess of $500,000 and remodeling or renovation of a public building in excess of $250,000. Buildings meeting the criteria must be open to public access in order for a project to take effect. An art selection committee is then established for each project to determine the criteria for suitable locations, art forms and artist eligibility.