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Public Art Sought for College of Education

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Public Art Sought for College of Education



The University of Nebraska Lincoln seeks artists for several public art projects in its new Mabel Lee Hall (MLH). This new MLH replacement building will house activities related to the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS), which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals, families, schools, and communities and to strengthening the relationships among them.

BUDGET:  $330,000 (for 3 projects)

ELIGIBILITY:  Professional artists living in the United States

DEADLINE:  December 4, 2020

Review RFQ and apply here. NOTE:  There is a $10 fee to apply.

The overarching goal for the art in this building is to “Make Learning Visible,” a unifying concept – figurative and practical – for the various art sites throughout the building. The students and faculty of all ages should be able to interact with and make discoveries about the artwork. The artwork should be inspiring, innovative and accessible, as the CEHS endeavors to create new approaches to learning, generate new knowledge and research and develop new methods of working with youth, families, schools, and communities.

“Make Learning Visible” is achieved in the architecture so far with ample glass walls for transparency and natural light, open spaces for to engage in active learning and collaborations, and beautiful exterior landscaping for opportunities for natural discoveries. The committee also envisions the building’s art potential to create a “sense of place” for the CEHS people in order to build a stronger College community.

Site 1 | Exterior site $100,150
This exterior site is located at the east and main entrance of the building and near a major thoroughfare of campuslife. This site is adjacent to the Living Room, which is another designated art site. The committee can envision a sculpture, experiential, or interactive artwork here.

Site 2 | Living Room $129,800
The Living Room is a large lounge area for studying, communal learning, and connecting with others. The site for artwork is along the north wall, which is approximately 29 feet tall and and 39” across. There is the possibility that a wall artwork could extend as a hanging piece from the ceiling. The Living Room has plenty of natural light with two walls made primarily of windows. The committee would like to see something that reinforces interactivity, and are especially inspired by light, shadows, reflections, and the idea of “intergenerational play.”

Site 3 | Hallway Study Seating Niches, $100,150
Artists for this site should be able to provide a cohesive proposal that incorporates art into the seating areas. The goal is that students and faculty will feel welcome to linger before and after class to continue discussions, study, or lounge, in an effort the building to be an accessible, inviting, and altogether a more comfortable place to be. Throughout the building’s four floors, there are approximately 10 outcroppings from the hallway, they very in size. They will be outfitted with sofas and tables, so artwork should be above sitting height and either closely and securely fixed to the wall or directly on the wall itself.


  1. Your Website (if applicable): Please include the URL for your, or related, professional online presence(s) that display your work.
  2. Letter of Interest: (1 page). Describe your interest in the project, and general vision or plan for the artwork, outlining the relevance to the theme, and the style of art to be produced. Explain any relevant details to your involvement, such as your schedule, process, medium, and method by which you will create your work.
  3. Resume/CV: Attach your resume/CV. Please upload the file in PDF format only.
  4. 3 References: Please provide the names and contact information for three professional references who have an intimate knowledge of your public artwork and methods. If the reference worked on a particular project with you, please identify that project.
  5. Portfolio: Provide 1-10 items. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each), PDFs (up to 10MB each) and Models (Sketchfab)


Apply online through Slideroom.

QUESTIONS? Contact Meagan Dion, Public Art and Artist Programs Specialist,


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