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University Health System, The Dr. Robert L. M. Hilliard Center Lobby, San Antonio, Texas


Budget: $30,000
Activated: 03/20/2017
Deadline: 04/23/2017 11:59 PM Central Time
Call Summary
University Health System is pleased to announce a call for artists to be considered for inclusion in our new clinic, The Dr. Robert L. M. Hilliard Center. Dr. Hilliard, who passed away in 2014, had deep and profound ties to San Antonio’s East Side community where he practiced throughout his life — delivering more than 14,000 babies. He also had deep ties with University Health System and the San Antonio Housing Authority, the two organizations that came together to build this state-of-the-art medical facility on the city’s East Side.

Artists in this call are being considered to create a hanging or wall mural art installation for a large two story atrium lobby that will greet patients and the public in the new space. The 12,000 square foot building will have general health care outpatient services, with focus on pediatric and women’s health services.

Artists are asked to create a welcoming, colorful, engaging art work that related to any of the following: human form, nature, color, cultural diversity, abstract shapes, and history. The goal within our University Health System, “Salud-Arte: Art of Healing” program is to create a peaceful, positive distraction environment for patients and their families.

Installation and completion is scheduled for the week of November 13, 2017.
Budget Description
This project budget of $30,000 includes the creation, fabrication, delivery and installation of the approved winning design. A hook hanging and lighting system will be provided and installed in the ceiling infrastructure. Artist’s design, if approved, may use this hanging system, not to exceed 400 lbs., and will be responsible for cost of lift to install piece and any safety requirements. Budget is turnkey.
Project Description
Dr. Hilliard was a pioneer — the first African-American physician to receive specialty training at the Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital, and the first African-American chief resident of obstetrics and gynecology at any major teaching hospital in the South. He served as chairman of the San Antonio Housing Authority, which provided the land for the new health center that bears his name. And he later served as chairman of obstetrics and gynecology and president of the medical staff at Lutheran General Hospital, which was rebuilt in the 1990s as University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute.

A graduate of Phyllis Wheatley High School and Howard University, Dr. Hilliard earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1956 — only the third black student to graduate there. After serving as a flight surgeon in the Air Force, he served his residency at the Robert B. Green until he opened his first practice on Castroville Road in 1963.

One of his proudest achievements was his selection for the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1991. He also was given the Howard University Alumnus Award for Distinguished Post-Graduate Achievement.

In accepting the 1995 award from Howard, he said: “My professors at Howard instilled in me the belief that throughout my life I should give something back to my community and that I should not just practice my profession, but that I should be a leader in whatever community I settled, and that above all I should always help those who were less fortunate than I. Throughout my adult life I have tried to do this.”

The new clinic is scheduled to open later this fall.

Please do not mail any additional materials as nothing can be returned. All submissions accepted are electronic.
Artwork Goals
Please note: Artist has opportunity to create either two orthree dimensional wall mural or hanging sculptural piece or a combination utilizing both areas as one.

Mural: 16’x9’ rectangular, horizontal area directly above concierge desk at main entrance to clinic
Artist’s design can have an either two or three dimensional aspect to it , 5-7’ feet maximum from wall and must be cantilevered for safety. Materials used must factor in weight, durability, exposure to natural light, humidity and a material that will be easily and safely cleaned. String and fabric will not be eligible due to dust and infection control concerns. Work must be safely cleated to wall and can be in [4] 4’ panels not to exceed 100 lbs. per panel. 400 lbs. maximum weight.

Hanging Sculpture:
10’ x 10’ approximate area where 12 predetermined hanging point system hooks will be installed into the ceiling. Loading bearing for this is not to exceed 800 lbs. Considerations must include if piece is light enough to be moved by air currents caused by AC system or door opening. Slight kinetic aspects can be considered if piece is shown to be safely executed. Hanging pieces should not come below 10’ from ceiling into public area. Piece should be hung high enough to not allow any outside reach from the public.
Artists must have experience with public art design and installation, insurance and letters of recommendation from two sources, such as architects/program manager/contractor/curator. Call is open to city, state and national artists, 21 years and older.
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 6  
  • Image dimensions: 1200 x 1200 pixels
  • Video submissions are not permitted.
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
References: 2
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Selection Information
Selection Process
Finalists will be asked to present their expanded initial concept or idea into a short presentation. The winner will get the commission; runners up will each receive a $1000 stipend.
Call will close at midnight April 23rd, 2017. All artist’s proposals will be reviewed by University Health System and three finalists will be selected by early to mid-May 2017. Decision on winner will be announced by approximately June 1, 2017.
Additional Resources
Hilliard Clinic High Lobby Ceiling Details - SK-1 (PDF)
Hilliard Clinic High Lobby Ceiling Details - SK-2 (PDF)
UHS Hillard_Lobby Back_2017 03 01 (PDF)
UHS Hillard_Lobby Elevations_2017 03 01 (PDF)
UHS Hillard_Lobby Front_2017 03 01 (PDF)
Contact Information (for questions about the details of this call. For site questions email us.)
ALLISON HAYS LANE, Archivist & Art Program Manager
University Health System
Delivery Information
Applications will NOT be accepted by Postal Mail
Do NOT send applications by email.