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Public Building Commission's Public Art Policy

PROPOSAL - An annual exhibition schedule showcasing two-dimensional works by Nebraska Artists within the County City Building first floor hallway utilizing the following procedure and protocol.


The County-City Building, located in Lincoln at 555 S.10th Street, managed by the Public Building Commission, seeks two-dimensional art (there is also some space available if an Artist would like to include some 3-D work) created by Nebraska Visual Artists for its 2014 - 2015 exhibition season.

Located on the first floor of the County-City Building, this venue will display the work of four artists over the course of one year, with each Artist receiving a 3 month exhibition period, a First Friday opening reception and 100% of the amount of their total sales.

Artists will be selected by a jury consisting of the Exhibition Coordinator, a Commissioner from the Public Building Commission, an employee of the Mayor's office and a member of the art community. Nebraska Artists may apply by submitting a CD of 10 representative images and an accompanying list of titles, sizes and medium along with a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to: Liz Shea-McCoy, Exhibition Coordinator, 2700 Sheridan Blvd, Lincoln, NE 68502, (402) 430-5923.

Application deadline, June 1, 2014


  1. The Artist must be a Nebraska resident, 21 years of age or older and not enrolled in a visual arts degree-granting program.
  2. The artwork must be two-dimensional (paintings, drawings, prints, photos, textiles/fiber and mixed media).
  3. Each work must be suitable for public display within the County City Building, as determined by the selection committee in its sole discretion.
  4. The exhibition space is approximately 54 total feet and weight of any individual framed piece may not exceed 90 pounds. Floor Plan Layout
  5. Artists shall assume all costs for matting, framing, hanging hardware (ready to hang with wire on the back), transporting and insurance, and are required to assist in the installation and take down processes.
  6. Artists will be required to execute a "placement agreement" holding the Exhibition Coordinator, Public Building Commission, County and City harmless from any damage, theft or loss.
  7. Following an established informational and aesthetic prototype, Artists may create a professional placard for each piece of art noting title, medium and price.
  8. Artists shall create an 8 1/2" by 11" Artist Statement including contact information to be displayed as a part of the exhibit. The artist will be responsible for responding directly to any inquiries.
  9. Unless the Public Building Commission determines that public benefit requires early removal of an exhibit or portion thereof, installed artwork must be exhibited throughout the three/four-month display period, regardless of whether it may have been sold.
  10. Artists may create and mail an invitation providing information about his or her exhibition including a title or theme, building hours, etc.
  11. Artists will be provided the opportunity to host one evening reception for the public in the first floor hallway of the County City Building in conjunction with the First Friday Art Walk to be scheduled and organized in cooperation with the Exhibition Coordinator. All food, beverages, napkins, cups, etc. shall be provided by the Artist. Alcoholic beverages may not be served.


  1. On an annual basis, work with the Selection Committee to select four Nebraska Artists to exhibit their two-dimensional work within the County City Building's first floor hallway.
  2. Coordinate an installation schedule and assist the Artists in installing and taking down their work.
  3. Coordinate all receptions and press release materials
  4. Communicate regularly with the Public Building Commission on matters concerning the exhibitions including reception schedules, press releases, etc.
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