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University Health Women’s and Children's Hospital Procurement, San Antonio, TX

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Budget: $850,000
Activated: 01/15/2022
Deadline: 12/15/2022
Call Summary
The mission of University Health is to improve the 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
• 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.

Technical parameters for successful artwork:
All submitted artwork must fit within the theme guidelines or feature imagery that will promote healing, hopeful messages to our staff, patients and guests.

Theme: Texas in Bloom

Please only include images of available works.
Budget Description
The budget for this project is $850,000.00. All purchased artworks delivered to University Health must be unframed. Please carefully review the selection process and timeline details below.
Project Description
Please do not submit artworks that are politically charged, religious based, show excessive nudity, depict violence or traumatic events (stabbing, blood, sharp objects) or use imagery that symbolize death. These will not be accepted.

The following are prompts for creative consideration, but the subject matter is ultimately up to the artist’s interpretation:
• Rivers: healing, connecting, living; as regionally significant to San Antonio
• South Texas culture, flora, fauna
• Celebration (see attachment from ZGF’s draft of thematic EGD prompts)
• Maternal relationships
• Family
• Growth
• Connectedness

Artwork must also:

Exclude imagery that has negative cultural association such as cacti or owls.

This artist opportunity is one of several for the new Women’s and Children's Hospital. The Salud-Arte: Art of Healing Program encourages all interested parties to continue to visit in the upcoming weeks for more information regarding outreach presentations, art procurement and community engagement opportunities.
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. Procured art for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital 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.
Artwork Location Description
University Health Campus
Site History
University Health is committed to meeting the needs of our growing community to ensure access for all in the high quality, affordable care they need and deserve. University Health’s Women’s & Children’s Hospital will provide much-needed facilities for our growing community and region. This will be a place where women, children and their families are surrounded with all 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. Emerging and established artists are welcome to apply. Galleries are also encouraged to submit entries. All applicants, regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality, origin or disability, will be considered. Please carefully review all 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
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
The University Health Art Program Committee will review applications received through this general RFP. Artworks will be evaluated based on artistic and technical merit.

The Salud-Arte: Art of Healing Program strongly discourages artists from mailing or hand delivering physical materials or samples of artwork 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 through this RFP.
Selection Criteria
Do not send original artwork. Late applications will not be considered. Applications are rolling for 11 months but when call ends it will be timestamped. There exists a possibility that the call is extended into 2023, but that has not yet been determined.
For technical questions about this RFP or the application process, please contact Crystal Hollis at or at 210-701-0775 (9am – 5pm CST/CDT, Monday-Friday)

Phase III: Procurement, is part of the University Health 2.65 million dollar art integration budget for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

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

For information on becoming a University Health vendor:
The following schedule is preliminary and subject to change. Our calls are rolling and work will be received with our committee. You can check for updates on artists who have been selected.

The call will be open 1/15/2022 through 12/15/2022 at 10:59PM CST.
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Crystal Hollis



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