The new 80,000 square foot STEM building will house the following programs: construction management, industrial distribution, interior design, aviation, cyber systems, mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy and engineering.
The STEM building Selection Committee is seeking submissions for two separate public art projects within the central atrium of the building, which connects the north and a south wings of the building. The first floor acts as a passageway through the building, with large glass entrance vestibules on the east and west sides. The intent for the central spaces on all three levels is for collaboration, study space, open-air classrooms and critiques, and a space to witness the process of learning and creation while walking through the building.
The Stem Selection Committee is most inspired by the notion that all the programs in this building are united by the hard work of research, trial and error, repetition that goes into every discovery, creation and invention; the artwork should reflect that concept. While the building and artwork leads students, faculty, and guests through the building, it leaves them with an understanding of the concept and inspired about the path of discovery and creation. The committee is not particularly interested in artwork that specifically or literally addresses the included programs.
Project #1, $200,000 | large-scale sculptural piece in the two-story West Atrium, which is separated from the courtyard by a multi-paned glass wall and doors. The artist has the opportunity to utilize both interior and exterior spaces in their design. *Professional artists or artist teams throughout the US are eligible to apply.
Project #2, $50,000 | wall locations for 2D artworks in the central atrium and collaborative spaces on the first, second, third floor. The Selection Committee is seeking work that already exists and/or samples of representative work along with a statement of what could exist. Artists may submit individual works or series of works. *Professional artists in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota are eligible to apply.
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