The Grocery

Artistic inquiries & agricultural communities: social engagement in rural America.

  • Type Cultural
  • Location Rushville, Nebraska
  • Area 4,000 s.f. (phase 1)
  • Status Construction Documents
  • Date Schematic Design competed 2018
  • Project Partners

    The Sandhills Institute:
    Mel Ziegler, Founding Director


Founded by artist Mel Ziegler, the Sandhills Institute is a catalyst for the creation of civically-engaged integrated art in and around the agricultural community of Rushville, Nebraska. The Institute forges strong bonds between the community of local ranchers and farmers and leading artists from around the world for the purpose of developing experimental programs grounded in collaborative research and creative expression. The goal of these programs is to strengthen the economic, environmental, and cultural fabric of this unique area.

Actual & FACT are working with the Sandhills Institute to convert a mid-century era grocery store to support temporary exhibitions, public meetings, lectures, casual gathering and other events where the citizens of Rushville and surrounding rural communities can experience the programmatic vision of the Sandhills Institute. The Grocery includes a large exhibition space, a kitchen / café, small office, and a secondary exhibition space that doubles as a work area for visiting artists. Referencing the expedient constructions of the local ranching community, FACT proposes building a tower to provide an iconic identity for the low-slung Grocery, and to house 2 visiting artists.

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Interior: preserving select parts from the grocery store.

North elevation: Adjacent to the Grocery is a public open space and garden to be developed by landscape architect Kayla Meyer, a Sandhills Institute Fellow, with help from FACT local Rushville students.

FACT at the Zeigler Ranch and Rushville grocery.

Site Plan with First Floor Plan

2019 P/A Award jury comment:
“This project’s drawings are simple and clean, like the building itself. The use of plain forms and materials gives it a rough, minimalist feel.” —Paul Andersen, AIA


2019 Progressive Architecture Award, Citation

2019 AIA Central States Region Merit Award Distinguished Award-Unbuilt

Sheridan County Journal Star, “Graduate Students Plan to Transform Rushville Grocery Store into Gallery/Cultural Center” by Lauren Brant, January 31, 2018

Project Team

Magdalena Vazquez, Joseph Croghan, Scott Kenny, Megan Michalski, Brooke Sayler, Hasan Shurrab

Andrew Goldsmith, Brett Lehr

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