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University Health Women’s & Children’s Hospital: Public Elevator Lobbies, Floors G-12 - SA, TX

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Budget: $60,000
Activated: 11/15/2020
Deadline: 03/01/2021
Call Summary
University Health’s Salud-Arte: Art of Healing program seeks an artist or artist team to artfully enhance the public elevator lobbies for Levels G-12 of the new Women’s & Children’s Hospital at University Hospital’s Medical Center campus. This includes designing and incorporating wayfinding signage in these spaces. 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: $60,000

Budget Description:
The total project budget ($60,000) will be granted to one artist or artist team. This budget includes artist fees and all costs associated with the design of the artwork. Please 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 artist or artist team selected for this project will be expected to create designs that are:
• aesthetically related across floors G-12
• responsive to the unique design enhancements of each floor, to be completed by artists commissioned through a separate call
As such, the design enhancements of the selected artist or artist team are intended to serve as the visual “keystones” of the building, maintaining cohesiveness while providing some visual variety (to help distinguish one floor from another). Artist(s) will be expected to work closely with the architect and other design enhancement artists to successfully complete this project. Artist(s) will also be expected to work around and integrate architectural elements and other utilitarian building features (e.g., informational signs, fire extinguishers, security cameras, etc.)

The selected artist(s) must also design a consistently placed donor signage plaque or area on each elevator lobby, to act as a wayfinding feature for visitors and staff.

The commissioned design enhancements for the Women’s & Children’s Hospital public elevator lobbies 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 public elevator lobbies, levels G-12, will be aesthetically pleasing focal points 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.
Artwork Location Description
Project Location: University Health Campus 4502 Medical Dr, San Antonio, TX 78229

Location Description:
Artists selected will enhance the public elevator lobbies of Levels G-12 of the new Women’s & Children’s Hospital. Designs will be installed via wall films, acrovyn, and 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 with considerable qualifications. Professional artists with experience completing projects of similar size and budget are strongly encouraged to apply. Emerging artists without experience working on projects of similar size/scope are not eligible for this call. University Health’s Salud-Arte: Art of Healing Program encourages such artists to alternatively consider the mentorship/apprenticeship opportunity available for the design enhancement of Levels G-12, also hosted on 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
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
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 artist(s):
• 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] - close time @ 11pm 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 artist or artist team: March - April 2021
Artwork final design complete: 6-12 months following announcement of selected artist
Fabrication/installation target completion: Early 2023
Additional Resources
Call 1B - Attachments and Elevations (PDF)
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