The University of Nebraska at Omaha has a long history of both faculty and students engaging in the display of art in public places. During the Fall of 2011 the Department of Art and Art History offered a course designed to investigate, refine and explore the potential of public art. This blog is the result of our efforts.
A UNO campus wide student public art exhibit that uses familiar
symbolism to address relevant issues.
On Wednesday October 14thfrom 1:30 to 3:30, the UNO “Art in
Public Places” class will display public art work throughout the UNO
campus.The purpose of this work is to
explore the power of art placed in public locations that employs familiar
symbolism while generating thought provoking content. The students participating in this assignment
will be on site during the exhibition hours to answer questions and observe
audience responses.Maps of the various
locations will be available at the following website: http://unopublicart.blogspot.com/2015/10/user-freindly.html
Public Art students evaluate the significance, and
potential of creative expression outside of
typical exhibition sites.Clip
art and signage are both accessible methods of communication for the general
public.David Helm, professor of
sculpture in UNO’s department of Art and Art History describes this project as
a way of “teaching students how visual language can be used to create
meaningful content specific to a certain location.”Helm continues “A fundamental component of
public art is to create stimulating imagery that invites viewer investigation”.These works will prove to be unusual and
dynamic, entertaining and thought provoking.
UNO’s Department of Art and Art History strives for artistic
excellence through discourse and engagement in the classroom and various local
and global communities.The department
fosters critical and analytical thinking, visual literacy and creative
expression, and mastery of various art disciplines to educate artists, scholars
and teachers to become leaders in their chosen careers and contribute to the world
through creative practice and research.
Perla Gutierrez = CPACS
My intention is to
address various ups and downs of interpersonal relationships through the
coupling of symbolic references to both recycling and a generic reference to a
man and woman in positions of contemplation.
Kealin Petersen = Student Center
This piece addresses the importance of creating a dialogue about consent when engaging in physical relationships.
Carmen Theulen - Location = HPER
“Muscle M an”
is a representation of proper and improper use of weight lifting and abuse
towards the expensive equipment. Throwing down weights also has an impact in
the vibration of the building, which vibration laws are not in place in Nebraska.
Caitlin Sheley - Location - Arts and Sciences Hall
The combination of elements in this composition are commentary on internet surveillance and intended to generate dialogue around the subject.
Anonymous - Location = Library
Toxic Roach is a work about the evolution and adaptation of insects in toxic situations created by humans.
Keith Stirling - Location = HPER
The purpose of this work is to bring awareness to fatal water drownings, and the large numbers of individuals who cannot swim.
Mario Cappellano - Location = Eppley Administration Building
The purpose of this work is to generate dialogue between faculty, staff and students regarding parking issues on the UNO campus.
Andrew Coniglio - Location = Library
This work is intended to draw attention the the disturbing trend of students texting while walking