1% for Art

Nebraska’s 1% for Art law has been in effect since 1978, and has generated more than $5 million 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

State Capitol - Nebraska Hall of Fame (Lincoln, NE)

All professional artists, eighteen years of age and older, regardless of their race, gender, creed, religion or disability are eligible to submit a proposal.


BUDGET: $25,000 - $35,000

ABOUT:  The Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, an agency of the State of Nebraska, seeks to provide a permanent cast bronze bust of Thomas Rogers Kimball for the Nebraska Hall of Fame. The sculpture will be located in the Nebraska Capitol, Lincoln.

SELECTION CRITERIA: The artist will be selected based on: professional resume, quality of past work, demonstrated ability to complete projects in a timely manner and within budget, provision of proof of insurance as required, and a demonstrated desire to work with the Thomas Rogers Kimball Hall of Fame selection committee.

Selection considerations include the artist’s willingness to learn about Thomas Kimball and his

service to Nebraska, to have dialogue with the selection committee, and to apply the information to concepts and meet specifications, budgets, insurance requirements and schedules.

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University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, NE)

This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) competition is open to all professional public artists or artist teams thoughout the United States. Artists from diverse backgrounds and Nebraska artists are encouraged to apply. 


BUDGET: $34,000

ABOUT:  The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, which opened in June of 2017, has changed forever the way cancer is diagnosed and treated. By harnessing the most advanced biomedical and technological tools available, they are increasingly identifying the drivers behind cancer and creating precise therapies that improve outcomes.

Through the use of genomics and other new diagnostic tools, we are employing precision medicine to customize therapies and care for each cancer patient. While all forms of cancer are treated at the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, because of their prevalence in society and the center’s potential to have a significant impact in their treatment, the following focus areashave been selected:

Breast Cancer and Other Women’s Cancers, Head and Neck Cancers, Leukemia and Lymphoma, Lung Cancer, Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal Cancers, and Prostate Cancer.

At the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, healing is more than medicine.

The Healing Arts program exists to create environments that support and comfort people through the diverse art opportunities and experiences. The Healing Arts program will be comprised of a growing list of elements to help reduce pain perception, anxiety, stress, loneliness and depression and to provide new insight and clarify feelings about a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

ARTWORK SITE/TYPE OF ART SOUGHT/ENVIRONMENT: The committee is seeking a large sculpture or installation public art project.The proposed commissioned artwork will reside in the second level common area near a large window. The location is highly visible, with sight lines from two levels in the interior and from the exterior through the window. The proposed site can house work that is approximately 15 x 15 feet maximum. The committee is seeking artists who can design, in an engaging manner, innovative, thought-provoking projects that relate to the proposed space and are aligned thematically with the missions of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and the Healing Arts Program.

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

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