Thursday, November 22, 2007

RFQ: The University of Nebraska – Physical Science Building

Deadline: December 5, 2007, 5:00 p.m. (Postmark) & (Hand Delivery)

Request for Qualifications
The University of Nebraska Department of Physical Science
Nebraska Arts Council
Budget: $253,000


This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) project competition is open to all professional publicartists or artist teams, including those who are new to the field of public art, from throughout the United States. Artists from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this project.


The University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Physics and Astronomy, in accordance with the State of Nebraska One Percent for Art legislation, seeks artwork for the new Physical Science building, which is presently in the planning phase of construction on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Physical Science Artwork Selection Committee has been formed to administer this process.

The artwork requirement envisions one major interior project, the South Atrium Aerial/Wall-Hung Installation/Sculpture (BUDGET: $253,000).

This artwork will enhance the student and visitor's experience of the Physical Science building architecture and the research and learning environment.



The new Physical Sciences Building offers an excellent opportunity for the artist to create a work that is integrated into the architectural space of its entrance atrium. While reference to the type of work occurring in proximity to this space (atomic physics, nanotechnology, and high energy particle physics) would not be inappropriate, we emphasize that we wish to obtain "art," and not "scientific art." The aesthetic statement made by the artist is more important than an identifiable allusion to some scientific idea or theme.


South Atrium Aerial/Wall Installation/Sculpture (Primary Site)
and North Atrium Aerial Installation/Sculpture (Optional Secondary
Site): $253,000


Selections will be made by the Physical Science Art Selection Committee, composed of college representatives, in consultation with Nebraska Arts Council and UNL Facilities Planning and Construction.

The committee will review submissions from this RFQ and either select an artist based on preliminary submission materials, or pursue more detailed proposals from a short list of selected applicants. Honoraria for costs associated with proposals will be provided.

The following factors will be considered when reviewing submissions:
• Quality of work
• Appropriateness of subject/concept for the site
• Past exhibition/public art record
• Previous commission experience, including evidence that past commissions were
produced in accordance with agreed-upon timelines and within budget
• Permanence and safety, meeting all relevant codes required for
public places, and
offering reasonable proof of soundness against theft, vandalism or excessive
maintenance and repair

Download the Prospectus:

Additional Information is available at the Nebraska Art Council:
or from the Department of Physical Science: