1% for Art

Nebraska’s 1% for Art law has been in effect since 1978, and has generated more than $3 million dollars in artwork for Nebraska’s state buildings, state colleges and the University of Nebraska system. The number of projects generated each year is dependent on legislative appropriations for one) new construction in excess of $500,000 and two) remodeling or renovation of a public building in excess of $250,000. Buildings meeting this 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.

Recent Call for Artists

University of Nebraska - Lincoln College of Nursing (Lincoln, Nebraska)

Artwork Site/Type of Art Sought/Environment: The committee is seeking innovative, thought-provoking projects by artists that relate to the proposed space in an engaging way. There are two possible site options for the commissioned work. The first option is on the lobby floor and the second option is in the exterior circular Zen garden. The committee requests that the artists consider themes appropriate for the heath care field, however the aesthetic statement made by the selected artist is more important than an identifiable allusion to a particular idea or theme. Issues of particular concern include, but are not limited to, the safety and durability of the artist work and its suitability to the proposed site.

About the College of Nursing and Health Clinic Building: This project will add a new, state-of-the-art building on the University of Nebraska at Lincoln campus. The building will include 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, and administrative, faculty and staff office space to accommodate current and expanded numbers of faculty and staff members.

Budget: $85,000

Application Deadline: January 10, 2017

Chadron State College - Rangeland Lab Building (Chadron, Nebraska)

Artwork Site/Type of Art Sought/Environment: The site for the commissioned artwork is the approximately 10' x 10' x 10' area above the stairwell in the main lobby. The work will be suspended from the ceiling. The committee has requested that the themes represent the purpose of the building -- the study of natural sciences. For example, a sculpture of the natural root system of native perennial grasses would serve as didactic material as well as a strong commissioned public art project. Most importantly, the committee is seeking innovative, thought-provoking projects by artists that relate to the proposed space in an engaging way.

About the Rangeland Lab Building: The facility adjacent to the Arena building houses a soil lab, live animals lab, herbarium, workrooms, classrooms and faculty offices. The Rangeland Lab and Arena facilities enhance the Rangeland Management program and provides space for the CSC Rodeo Club to practice and house livestock.

Budget: $26,000

Application Deadline: January 9, 2017

For questions regarding this RFQ or other 1% for Art projects in Nebraska, contact Launa Bacon at 402-595-3935.

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