OMAHA – On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus will look a bit different as student-designed road signs are installed as part of a class project.
From 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. six road signs will dot the campus between the Eppley Administration Building and the UNO Welcome Center.
The signs were designed by art students from David Helm’s “Art in Public Places” course, which teaches students to understand how conceptual art functions in public spaces, what types of language is appropriate for these spaces, and what types of permissions are needed.
“I wanted to design an assignment where the students had to think about what public language is and how it works in a specific space,” Helm said. “I came up with this idea for them to work with visual ‘ingredients’ that are familiar to people. That way they will immediately recognize what it is, but the artistic elements then will leave it open to interpretation.”
For the hour the signs are up on campus, students will observe responses from those who encounter them. Following the display, the students will convene in the lobby of the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at 3 p.m. to discuss their experiences.
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About the UNO Department of Art and Art History
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, as well as to contribute to the world through creative practice and research.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.