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University of Nebraska Seeks Art for New Healthcare Education Center

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University of Nebraska Seeks Art for New Healthcare Education Center



The University of Nebraska Medical Center seeks an artist or artists to create  public artwork for its new Davis Global Center, the headquarters for the Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning (iEXCEL).

Budget: $200,000 (total for 6 locations)
Eligibility: Professional artists located in the United States
Deadline: 02/04/2019 5:00 PM Central Time

NOTE:  This opportunity requires a $10 application fee, payable online at the time of submission.

Project Description
Serving as the headquarters for iEXCEL (the Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning), the Davis Global Center (DGC) will distinguish Nebraska by creating a new transformative model for health care education, training and research. This model will be built around, and incorporate, a wide range of simulation technology so health care professionals can learn and become proficient in taking care of patients in safe, simulated settings. The building contains five levels, each working together to create safe, innovative and experiential training environments. The National Center for Health Security and Biopreparedness will occupy the ground level, and benefit from the simulation and visualization resources throughout the building. DGC serves as the catalyst for an integrated statewide, national and global simulation initiative that aims to improve human performance and effectiveness.

Some of the capabilities within DGC include, but are not limited to:

  • 3D, augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) and holographic to transform learning, teaching, training and research
  • Dedicated spaces for the creation of innovative teaching modules and videos
  • Replicated clinics, hospitals, ambulatory and home care units for simulating incidents and patient scenarios.
  • Opportunities for training before encountering real-life patient care and emergency response situations
  • Surgical skills procedure rooms/operating bays with fresh tissue simulation for practicing procedures.
  • Collaboration with other disciplines, especially STEAM initiatives
  • Tele-education, tele-presence and tele-mentoring
  • Hosting and educating teams of interdisciplinary practitioners and learners of all disciplines.
  • Highly-specialized training in health security and bio-preparedness

Artwork Goals
The Committee is seeking artists who can design, in an engaging manner, innovative, thought-provoking projects that relate to the proposed space and can thematically align with the missions of UNMC and the DGC, as a premiere technological and simulation center for teaching health care professionals. The Committee seeks artwork with a more traditional approach of method and medium; the Committee will not accept any work that has video or technological elements.

Artwork Location Description
There are six site possibilities. Artists can submit their concept for any or all Sites as desired. The Sites are located throughout the building and may or may not be related to each other. The artwork must fit within the predetermined space, as seen in the renderings below. The proposed artwork may be in concept stage or already completed. Artwork should be durable, low maintenance, and safe.

Selection Process
The DGC Selection Committee, in consultation with the Nebraska Arts Council, has full oversight for the selection of an artist for this project. The Committee will review RFQ submissions on SlideRoom. Six to ten finalists will present proposals in Omaha, NE, and will receive travel and proposal stipends. Proposals should include a concept, design, project calendar and budget.

Selection Criteria
The Committee will use the following criteria: Letter of Interest, clarity of conceptual approach, originality, ability of artist to complete project based on prior work examples, and quality of work samples submitted.

The application deadline is February 4, 2019.  The artwork is anticipated to be installed in August or September, 2019.

How to Submit
Submit information ONLY through Slideroom:

What to Submit

  1. Images – Ten (10) digital images of relevant completed artwork projects. Upload images as jpg files, no larger than 1220px @ 72dpi. Video – Optional video file may demonstrate moving parts, time-based work, functionality, etc. Upload as mov, wmv, of flv files, no larger than 60MB each, nor longer than five minutes each. Include descriptions of artworks represented with budgets if available.
  2. Required Materials CV/Resume: Limit to three pages.
  3. Three Professional References: Complete contact information for references with a deep knowledge of your artwork and work methods. Ex: Commissioning organization, architect, etc.
  4. Statement of Interest: How do your personal style and past projects relate to this project. Describe briefly your interest and concept for this project. Use 500 words or less.
  5. Application Fee: $10 via SlideRoom’s secure payment system.

Additional Resources

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


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