1% for Art RFQ: Chadron State College Math Science Center

Request for Qualifications Deadline: EXTENDED to May 17, 2023

Total Budget: $209,413

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Science and mathematics have had a place at Chadron State College since its founding in 1911, and gained their dedicated home on campus in 1971. In 2022, following a multi-year renovation and addition, the Math Science Center of Innovative Learning (COIL) reopened for the next generation of students. It features state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, study areas, and museum spaces. Students and faculty conduct research, and share wonders of our world and universe with the public.

The students and faculty work on a variety of courses and research projects, and have access to enhanced chemistry, anatomy, botany, and physics labs. A geoscience museum features thousands of specimens, including fossils, minerals, shells, and corals. A herbarium with more than 65,000 specimens is a jewel of the region. A planetarium aids in knowledge beyond our planet. Many of these spaces are publicly accessible, and draw visitors regularly. As a centerpiece of knowledge in western Nebraska, the Math Science COIL is set to serve the region for decades to come.


Site and Artwork Overview

The Committee is primarily comprised of faculty from the different disciplines within the Math Science Center of Innovative Learning (COIL). The students and faculty would like to focus on having more public artwork throughout the campus. As a result the Committee has selected an exterior artwork site that is an updated lawn with a meandering walkway adjacent to the renovated building. The site has multiple site lines from different locations, including large sitting areas within the Math Science Center with glass walls overlooking the lawn.

The Committee is most excited to see artists’ approaches to a sculptural installation that reflects the different departments within the Math Science COIL.  Through using literal or non-literal representation, the sculptural work for the Math Science COIL should inspire curiosity and exploration. The Committee would also like to see work that is engaging up close and can be seen from a distance.


Selection Process

The CSC Math Science COIL Selection Committee, in consultation with the NAC, has full oversight for the selection of an artist for this project. Professional public artists/teams within the U.S. are eligible. The committee reviews RFQ submissions on SlideRoom. Finalists will receive a presentation honorarium and a travel stipend, if applicable. Finalist presentations should include concept, design, detailed budget for the available funds, installation method, projected maintenance.

A maximum of $209,413 is allocated for this project. All expenses for the selected design and commission are the responsibility of the artist/team, including but not limited to: travel/lodging, fabrication and supplies, installation expenses (as needed: engineering, rigging, equipment rental, etc).

Submit materials on SlideRoom, which requires $10 via the secure payment system: nebraska.slideroom.com


Timeline *subject to change.

March 13, 2023                 | RFQ posted on SlideRoom

May 17, 2023                       | RFQ Deadline (extended, previous due date was May 8)

June 9, 2023                      | Finalists notified

Aug 28 – Sept 1, 2023     | Finalist proposal presentations

By Sept 25, 2023               | Selected artist notified

By October,  2024             | Artwork installation

*The span of time between the Finalist Proposal Presentations might be longer, due to approval by the



Meagan Dion, Public Art and Artist Programs Specialist

Nebraska Arts Council, meagan.dion@nebraska.gov


Click here for the full RFQ and submission instructions.