Call for Artists

Pedestrian Bridge Installation

UK Albert B. Chandler Arts in HealthCare Program

Program Title: UK Arts in HealthCare Program

Proposed By: Jackie Hamilton

Director, UK arts in HealthCare Program


Program Dates: Proposal Deadline, Postmark March 31, 2013

Amount of Request: $75,000- $100,000

Our mission is to create an environment of care and to focus on the spiritual and
emotional well-being of our patients, families, caregivers and staff. The program
recognizes the art and the artists as powerful and positive forces in the healing

The UK Arts in HealthCare Program is a privately funded art program which
includes, at present, a roughly $3.5 million collection of two-dimensional and three
dimensional art, as well as a performing and therapeutic music and arts program.

Prospectus for Commissioning Artwork for the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital

UK HealthCare seeks to commission an artwork for the UK Albert B. Chandler
Hospital under the hospital’s Arts in HealthCare program. The artwork will
be sited over the entrance to the bridge to the parking structure – a ¼ circle
dry walled space. It is not the intent that this piece will be simply public art;
it should embody the aspirations of the program to provide a healing
environment enhanced by artistic expressions; and it will assist in way

The artwork should:
∙ Create a focal point at the south entrance of the pavilion.
∙ Use a medium that is appropriate for the space.
∙ Consider the presence of natural light and its effect on the piece.
∙ Consider night time lighting.
∙ Consider limitations as to back lighting and weight limitations.
∙ Be durable and low maintenance; the mechanics of maintenance
should be considered.
· Consider the high amount of pedestrian traffic in the hospital.
· Consider temperature control.

Works in all varieties of media and forms will be considered. Although
UKHealthCare does not endorse any restrictions on any particular artistic
content, in making decisions the program’s Art Committee will consider that
hospital staff, patients and visitors will see this artwork.

The artwork materials must be of non-combustible material and will not
contribute to a fuel load for the fire suppression sprinkler system of the
building. Further the artwork materials must be sealed or constructed of a
non-porous material to prevent the harboring of dust and allow for cleaning
for the Hospital to sustain an infection free environment.

The structural engineer for the Hospital will be consulted for attachment and
anchoring of artwork to wall.

The Arts in HealthCare budget for this project is $75,000 to $100,000. The
budget includes all costs associated with the project including, but not
limited to: artist’s design fee, travel, materials, fabrication costs,
documentation, transportation and installation of work.

The project is open to all artists, age 18 and over, regardless of race, color,
religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation,
marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to
apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.

The application and award process is as follows:
March 31, 2013
Postmark deadline for application materials
April 2013
Art Committee to review materials and choose finalists.
June 2013
Finalists Interviewed and present proposal
July 2013
Project awarded
September 2013
Final proposal submitted
October 2013
Project specs approved by construction team
Late 2013
Art Installed

The selected artist may be asked to allow documentation of the creation
process for internal use by the hospital. UK HealthCare requests full
copyright ownership of the work.

The Committee reserves the right to change the project timeline.

Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:
a. Letter of Interest. The letter should be no more than one page in
length and should explain the artist’s interest in the project and
should include a detailed explanation of related experiences with
commissions and/or health care facilities.
b. CV.
c. Fifteen digital images of the artist’s work. Slides will not be accepted.
Images must be submitted as jpgs, 300 dpi, approx. 8”x 10” and pc
d. Annotated image list. The digital image list must include the artist’s
name and a brief description of each image, stating its title, date,
medium, size, location and, if a commissioned project, the commission
e. References. A list of at least three professional references that have
an intimate knowledge of their work and working methods. The list
must include complete postal addresses, telephone numbers and
email addresses.
f. SASE. A self-addressed stamped envelope must be included for the
return of application materials.
g. Optional. The artist may include up to three selections of support
materials such as reviews, news articles and other related

Any artistic questions or concerns should be sent to

Artists interested in being considered should submit materials postmarked by
March 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. to:

Jackie Hamilton
Director, UK Arts in HealthCare Program
800 Rose Street, H106
Lexington, Kentucky 40506

Overnight or express shipping is acceptable.

The Art Committee will comprise the selection panel. The Committee
includes community members, artists, faculty, curators and UK
HealthCare executives and staff. The finalists will be invited for a site visit
to be interviewed by the Committee and to present their proposal,
including concept, materials, size, weight, hanging requirements, details
of maintenance guidelines and budget. The finalists will be compensated
($1,500) each for their participation in the final selection process. Travel
and accommodations will be provided.

Selection Criteria

This art location is a highly visible and important location within Pavilion A.
Submissions should embody artistic excellence and clearly demonstrate
experience in creating public art works.

Information about UK HealthCare and the Arts in HealthCare Program can be
found at:

Information about art in a health care setting can be found at:

Additional Resources

Architectural rendering of art location

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