RFP: UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center


Nebraska 1% for Public Art Project

UNO Strauss Performing Arts Center
Nebraska 1% for Public Art Project
RFQ | deadline February 11, 2019
Budget $65,000 for two sites within the building

Project Description

Originally built in 1972 on the UNO campus, the Willis S. and Janet Strauss Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is undergoing a major renovation. SPAC serves as the center of musical activity for the School of Music within the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, as well as a prime Omaha performance location. The building's main performance space is the Concert Hall, seating 422 for over 200 performances a year. SPAC includes state-of-the-art recording studios, a Casavant Organ, Recital Hall, rehearsal studios and classrooms. The students utilizing these spaces consider the creative process of music experiences and careers available in the music field. A successful installation for this space exhibits a sense of timelessness and artistic excellence, a significant use of the available space, and content that is both relevant and inspirational.


There are two interior opportunities available, the hallway to the Recital Hall and the entrance to the Concert Hall. Artists can submit to both sites using separate submission forms on SlideRoom. Compliance with ADA requirements is a consideration.

I. Hallway to Recital Hall and Classrooms

As part of the new addition, this hallway presents an interesting architectural feature with a two-story atrium and hallway to the new recital hall. On the second story catwalk, there are several practice rooms. The selection committee is seeking a wall treatment and will consider paint, light, or low profile installations. See the diagram for more details regarding the dimensions of the space.

II. Two recessed walls flanking the main entrance to the Concert Hall.

The material is white drywall with inset rope lighting framing each panel. The public uses this entrance lobby prior to and during shows. The artwork must fit into the defined space and it may be pre-existing, site specific or commissioned work. The selection committee will consider various media, including painting, textile, a lightweight wall relief, or light installation. The dimensions are 10’8” wide and 12’6” high.

Selection Process

The SPAC Selection Committee, in consultation with the Nebraska Arts Council, has full oversight for the selection of an artist for this project.

Professional public artists or artist teams throughout the United States are eligible. The committee will review RFQ submissions on SlideRoom. Four to seven finalists will present proposals in Omaha, NE, and will receive travel and proposal stipends. Proposals should include a concept, design, and budget.

For more information about the two sites, renderings, and for submission instructions, please visit: http://www.artscouncil.nebraska.gov/opportunities/for-artists/1-for-art....

Opportunity Opens

Friday, Jan 4th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Monday, Feb 4th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists