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University Health Women’s & Children’s Hospital: Design Enhancement for Hospital Levels G-12, SA, TX

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Budget: $120,000
Activated: 11/15/2020
Deadline: 03/01/2021
Call Summary
University Health’s Salud-Arte: Art of Healing program seeks artists and artist teams to artfully enhance with original designs select locations/areas on twelve floors of the new Women’s & Children’s Hospital at University Health’s Medical Center campus. Designs will be printed on wall films, acrovyn, and/or other similar materials and be thoughtfully integrated within the architectural features of each floor. The building is set to open in early 2023. The commissioned artwork will thoughtfully respond to this unique context in a way consistent with the mission of University Health.

This opportunity is considered DESIGN ONLY, artists are not responsible for fabrication.
Budget Description
Project Budget: $120,000 (to be divided across 12 floors)

Budget Description:
The total project budget ($120,000) will be divided among 6 selected artists (two solo artists, two apprentices, and two mentors). This budget includes artist fees and all costs associated with the design of the artwork. Artists working as a mentor/apprentice team will receive $40,000 total for four floors: $10,000 awarded to the apprentice, $30,000 awarded to the mentor. Solo artists will each receive $20,000 to enhance two floors See project description for more details about mentorship/apprenticeship, definitions of each category, and additional application requirements for those opting into the mentor/apprentice opportunity. Also review carefully the selection process and timeline details below.
Project Description
The mission of University Health is to improve the good health of the community through high quality compassionate patient care, innovation, education and discovery.
We are leading the way to be one of the nation’s most trusted health institutions. The Women’s & Children’s Hospital will provide much-needed facilities to meet the needs of our growing community and region.

Our patient care will be:
• High quality and compassionate above all,
• Attentive, kind and helpful without exception, and
• Wise in the use of resources.

The vision of University Health’s Salud-Arte: Art of Healing program is to use art to inspire healing, compassion, hope and trust. We also aim to reflect the community, improve the experience of our patients and visitors, and communicate our important mission through art and design enhancements while being good stewards of our financial and natural resources.

The commissioned design enhancements for the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Levels G-12 will be in keeping with the mission statements above. Please review approved materials, selection criteria, and description of locations provided below.

This artist opportunity is one of several for the new Women’s & Children’s Hospital. The Salud-Arte: Art of Healing program encourages all interested parties to continue to visit in the upcoming weeks for more artist opportunities in design enhancement, site-specific work, and art procurement for our expanding Medical Center campus.
Artwork Goals
University Health and its Salud-Arte: Art of Healing program strive to create and commission artworks that reflect aesthetic and technical quality and foster a welcoming, uplifting environment for healing. The design enhancements for the new Women’s & Children’s Hospital, levels G-12, will be an aesthetically pleasing focal point for patients, visitors, and staff alike. The artwork must consider the safety of the hospital’s visitors and should be easy to clean and maintain.

For the design enhancement portion of our public art call process, University Health's Salud-Arte Art Program has opted to allow artists with a mentor-apprentice relationship to apply as an artist team. If selected, both the established and emerging artist will be assigned two floors to enhance with their designs. Individual (solo) artists may also apply on their own. From the pool of applicants, two mentor/apprentice teams and two solo artists will be selected (for a total of six artists). Each artist will be responsible for enhancing two floors, to be assigned after selection and based on the discretion of the University Health Art Program Committee. Please read below for further details about this opportunity.

Mentor: The University Health Art Program Committee defines a “mentor” as an experienced artist willing to partner and supervise an emerging artist in designing two floors for the new Womens’ and Childrens’ Hospital throughout the entire submission of this call, while simultaneously designing their own two floors.
Because the mentor assumes this additional responsibility, the mentor will receive $30,000 for the project and their apprentice will receive $10,000 (i.e., $40,000 total for four floors of the hospital). Credit will be given to each artist for their respective floor designs. This is an excellent chance to offer an opportunity for a new artist to get involved with public art! Mentors and apprentices must consent to work together and select one another. If applying as part of a mentor/apprentice team, **please specify this explicitly in your letter of interest.** NOTE: Mentor and apprentice must EACH submit separate applications. Both applications MUST IDENTIFY the other person (i.e., the mentor explicitly names the apprentice and the apprentice explicitly names the mentor in their application).

Apprentice: The University Health Art Program Committee defines an “apprentice” as an emerging artist who has not yet completed a comparable public art or design enhancement project. The apprentice will partner and team up with an established artist of their choosing to create a design enhancement program for two patient floors.
The apprentice artist will receive $10,000 total ($5,000 per floor).

NOTE: Mentors and apprentices will NOT be assigned to one another by University Health. This relationship should be established prior to applying for this call. If opting to apply as a mentor/apprentice team, please specify this explicitly in your letters of interest. A mentor and apprentice team must submit separate applications, and both applications must consent to and acknowledge the establishment of the mentor/apprentice team.

Solo/independent Artist: The University Health Art Program Committee defines a “solo artist” as an artist wanting to be considered for the Design Enhancement phase. These artists work independently and have an established skillset, prior experience with comparable public art / design enhancement projects, strong professional qualifications, and demonstrable program management skills. This category applies to those who do not want to mentor or partner with another artist. Selected solo artists will be assigned two floors and will receive $20,000 ($10,000 per floor).
Artwork Location Description
Project Location: University Health Campus 4502 Medical Dr, San Antonio, TX 78229

Artists selected will enhance areas of their respective floor, selected and predetermined by the architect. Designs will be installed via wall films, acrovyn, and/or other similar materials. Though no proposal is required at this time, please review the attached architectural drawings for dimensions of these spaces in advance.
Site History
University Health is committed to meeting the needs of our growing community to ensure access for all to the high quality, affordable care they need and deserve.
The Women’s & Children’s Hospital at University Hospital will provide much-needed facilities to meet the needs of our growing community and region. This will be a place where women, children and their families are surrounded with all of the experts and technologies to provide the highest level of compassionate care. It will be the only hospital in South Texas exclusively focused on the unique needs of women and children. And it will be a hospital like no other, where patients will see and feel the difference of care provided by a team who understands that being attentive, kind and helpful without exception is good medicine because:
• care is provided in ways that foster collaboration and communication
• patients and families feel respected
• a caring community is built on empathy, support and compassion
The project is open to all artists and artist teams, 21 years and older, residing in the United States. Professional artists with experience completing projects of similar size and budget are encouraged to apply. Professional artists willing to work with an emerging artist of their choice as a mentor are strongly encouraged to apply. Please review project description and budget details for information regarding mentorship/apprenticeship. All applicants, regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality, origin or disability, will be considered. Please see selection criteria below.
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 5 - 10
Artist Statement: 800 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 800 word maximum
References: 3
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
Submission requirements:
• 5-10 Images of artwork
• 3 References with contact information
• 2 Page Resume
• Artist statement (800 word maximum)
• Letter of interest (800 word maximum)

Do not send original artwork. Late applications will not be considered. PLEASE READ THIS RFQ CAREFULLY.

For technical questions about this RFQ or the application process, please contact Crystal Hollis at or at 210-701-0775 (9am - 5pm CST/CDT).

For more information about the new Women’s & Children’s Hospital and University Health’s Salud-Arte: Art of Healing program, please visit

The University Health Art Program Committee will review applications received through this RFQ and award six artists (two solo artists, two mentors, two apprentices). Floors will be assigned following the final selection of artists. Selected artists should expect to commit to at least 3 rounds of revisions that might be requested by architect and design team. Please review the selection criteria for proposals below.

The Salud-Arte: Art of Healing program strongly discourages artists from mailing or hand-delivering any physical material or samples for the committee’s consideration. Any materials received will not be returned to the artist. The University Health Art Program Committee reserves the right to accept or reject any and all responses received, or commission an artist through another process should responses to this RFQ prove unsatisfactory.
Selection Criteria
Responses to this RFQ will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
• Artistic merit and technical quality of body of work
• Strong professional qualifications and/or experience completing large-scale public artwork
• Demonstrated ability to work within a given budget and timeframe
• Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse professional team (e.g., with architects, engineers, curators, construction teams, et cetera)
• Compatibility with the mission of University Health and with the goals outlined in this RFQ

Technical parameters for successful artwork
• The artwork is to be prepared in one of the following formats:
- Digitally-vectorized artwork placed on the wall elevation provided (1”=1’ scale)
and saved as either Adobe Illustrator .AI or .EPS format
- Digitally-scanned artwork at 150 DPI, full-scale of wall dimension to be placed on the
wall elevation provided (100% scale) and saved as either Adobe Illustrator .AI or .EPS format
• Use colors that can relate to EGD color palette for each floor
• Consider composition that can work with current wall circumstances (i.e. power outlet, shelves, TV, etc.). See the reference wall elevation provided below in the attached PDF.
• Applicants are expected to demonstrate proficiency in the above mentioned computer programs in their responses to this RFQ.

Only artists who meet these criteria should apply.

Once selected, the artists:
• Must complete the project to the highest level of quality and be on time.
• Must commit to at least 3 rounds of revisions that might be requested by architect and design team
• Follow and convey the spirit and mission of the Salud-Arte: Art of Healing Program

Due date: [03/01/2021] CLOSES 11 PM CST

The following schedule is preliminary and subject to change.
Project opens: November 15, 2020
Deadline for RFQ submissions: March 1, 2021
Announcement of selected artists: March - April 2021
Artwork final design complete: 6-12 months following announcement of selected artists
Fabrication and installation completion: Early 2023
Additional Resources
Call 1A - Attachments and Elevations (PDF)
Contact Information



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