The Patient Experience Committee at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, located in Pontiac, Michigan, is seeking submissions from Michigan artists for a variety of artwork to be approved and considered for future purchase and/or commission for their new South Patient Tower. Artists are encouraged to read this Call for Artists, submit a letter of interest and include selected imagery from their portfolio to be considered for specific areas of this project. Artists selected for commissioned works will be paid a fee to design pieces based on the acceptance of the proposals submitted.
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
The legacy of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland dates back to the early 19th century when a dedicated young woman in Dublin, Ireland, named Catherine McAuley, chose to devote her life and personal resources to helping the sick, poor and uneducated. She eventually founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy in 1831, and new members of that congregation later came to the United States, where they founded St. Joseph’s Hospital in Pontiac in 1927. Charged with continuing the ministry and tradition of the Sisters, our hospital, known today as St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, is committed to the values of, Respect. Social Justice, Compassion, Excellence, and Care of the Poor and Underserved.
In 2,000, the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Detroit and the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross consolidated their health ministries (Mercy Health Services and Holy Cross Health System) to form a new system, called Trinity Health. The spirit of this new organization arises from the healing ministry of Jesus, and the creation of Trinity Health affirms the fervent belief that Catholic healthcare has a vital future in this country.
To maintain the highest level of excellence, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is preparing for the future. The South Patient Tower, an eight-story, contemporary-styled patient facility, will feature 208 private, technologically enhanced patient rooms, providing plenty of support space for family and friends who are vital to the healing process. Construction is well underway, with completion of the South Tower slated for fall 2013.
• Location: the site of the former parking deck, immediately south of the existing structure
• Dimensions: eight stories and 301,000 square feet of floor area
• Capacity: a total of 136 beds initially, with room to add 72 beds
• Cost: $129 million
• Parking: A 355-space visitor parking lot has been constructed on the site of the former Fox Center, and an enclosed connector will lead to the new South Tower.
• The hospital’s main entry will be redesigned with skylights and other amenities.
• A new Emergency Department entry drive and new ambulance parking area have been created.
• A new physician parking area with 166 spaces has been constructed at the northwest corner of the campus, and dedicated parking for associates with disabilities will be provided.
• A safe, secure, climate-controlled pedestrian bridge will connect associate parking on the east side of Woodward Avenue with the main hospital by the end of summer 2012.
A video showing an architectural model of the new building can be found on the website at http://www.stjoeshealth.org/newsouthtower.
The Patient Experience Committee is seeking artists who reside in the State of Michigan who may be interested in providing artwork for the new patient tower. Artwork should follow the guiding principles of healing art and evoke messages of peace and healing for the patients, visitors, and staff that will be using the new facilities.
We are looking for artwork in a wide variety of media, including sculpture, two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork, original art, oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings, limited edition prints, giclee prints, mixed media art, glass, mosaics, wall sculpture, fabric art, collages, and photography. Existing and commissioned artwork will be considered. Art will be placed in the main lobby, elevator lobbies, waiting rooms, corridors, consultation rooms, patient rooms, and a variety of other public areas. Imagery that supports the healing journey represents our community and presents elements of nature or water and landscapes will be considered. Inventive, yet sensitive, works are encouraged.
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Mission Statement
We serve together in Trinity Health, in the spirit of the Gospel, to heal body, mind and spirit, to improve the health of our communities and to steward the resources entrusted to us.
• Social Justice
• Care of the poor and underserved
Hospital Vision Statement
Our physicians and staff are the preferred providers of healthcare to our community, demonstrating compassion and excellence in caring for our patients in the Mercy tradition.
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Art Vision Statement
The vision of the Arts Program at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is to create an experience that heals bodies, nurtures souls, and comforts hearts.
Arts Program Goals and Objectives:
1. Use evidence-based methodologies to select artwork that facilitates the healing process and measures the impact of the arts program.
2. Support the harmony of the body, mind, and spirit in a faith based healing environment.
3. Enhance the patient journey by providing personal experience opportunities with the arts.
4. Use regional artists to celebrate the visual and cultural history, heritage and diversity of our community.
Aesthetics, Inc. of San Diego has been hired as the consultants for the project. The Project Team consists of:
Annette Ridenour, Principal, is the Executive Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Goodwin, Director of Arts Programs, is the Project Manager, email@example.com
Pam Nickell, Arts Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send all questions about this Call for Artists directly to Leah Goodwin or Pam Nickell.
Please contact Pam Nickell for project drawings and for assistance with any questions you may have about the CFA.
Healing Art Forum
All interested parties wanting to learn more about this Call for Artists are invited to an Artist Forum that will be held at the de Salle Auditorium of The Cranbrook Academy of Art at 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI, on Thursday, February 16, 2012, between five and seven-thirty in the evening. All who plan on attending need to RSVP through email to email@example.com or by phone at (619) 683-7500 Please indicate how many will be attending. (DO NOT CALL CRANBOOK ACADEMY OR THE HOSPITAL) It is encouraged for you to send questions in advance via email.
Criteria used to select artists for commissions will be:
• Quality, creativity and strength of artwork workmanship as evidenced in images of past work and a professional resume.
• Ability to support the mission and guiding principles and support the desired population through letter of interest.
• Technical competence as evidenced by images of past work and a professional resume.
• Aptitude for planning, making budgets and working on teams as evidenced by a
professional resume and references.
Criteria used to select artwork for purchase will be:
• Artist residing or working within the State of Michigan
• Quality of the art as represented by submitted imagery
• Conformance of Artwork to the Price
• Harmony of Artwork to the overall theme of the building
All artwork is being funded through the generous philanthropy of the community who believe the arts are an important component of the healing journey.
Inclusive of Fees Represented
The fee quoted for purchased or commissioned artwork is all-inclusive and must cover design fees, travel expenses, all materials and fabrication costs, insurance costs, shipping or transportation to the site or framer, preparation for installation, personal documentation, and site visits. For feature commissions, the stated budget will include design, fabrication, delivery, installation and any costs related to installation.
The current solicitation is for artwork to enhance the patient experience in the new main lobby and on the patient floors two – five.
The Building themes are community, diversity, spirituality and sacred journey. We ask that any representation imagery be reflective of the State of Michigan. The intention of all of the art is to create a place of peace and healing.
Sample elevation drawings are available for the major feature commissions to assist you in understanding the scale of the project, this includes; the main lobby features, elevator lobbies, reception areas and art niches. Please email Pam Nickell, Arts Coordinator for Aesthetics, Inc., at firstname.lastname@example.org for drawings and for assistance with any questions you may have about the CFA.
Main Lobby Wall Sculpture: 1 @ $25,000 – Major Feature
In the main lobby of the new patient tower near the fireplace there is an 18 feet tall by 13 feet wide wall that is slated to have a custom blown art glass wall sculpture on it. The art should cover an area of a minimum of 6’ wide by 8’ feet high. The glass should be dynamic and make a dramatic statement in the space. Please contact Pam Nickell, Arts Coordinator at email@example.com for an elevation of this area.
Sculpture for Main Lobby: 1 @ $10,000 – Major Feature
In the main lobby near the elevators is an area where a piece of sculpture is designed to be placed in a planter. We are looking for an original work that can complement a space approximately three feet in diameter and five feet tall. It should represent sacred journey and can include elements of community and spirituality, as well as serving as an iconic piece that supports the wayfinding. Sculpture must be able to be touched and created out of metal, stone, wood, concrete, granite, mosaic, or bronze. Please contact Pam Nickell, Arts Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for an elevation of this area.
Main Lobby Waiting Area Original Art Feature: 1 @ $8,000 – Major Feature
There is currently a need for three dynamic original paintings for the Main Lobby waiting area. We envision three pieces that relate to each other. One in the center that will impact a space that is 56 inches high and 84 inches wide and two smaller paintings that impact a space that is 26 inches high by 52 inches wide. This waiting area is in the main lobby. The two smaller paintings will be next to niches, which may be a series of commissioned sculptures. All artwork should be consistent with themes mentioned above. Please contact Pam Nickell, Arts Coordinator at email@example.com for an elevation of this area.
Main Lobby Waiting Area Sculptures: 2 @ $1,800/each – Major Feature
There is currently a need for two sculptures in the Main Lobby waiting area. We envision two pieces that relate to each other. They will need to be approximately 15’ wide by 34-36” high and 8” deep and will be resting in a niche that is 26” wide by 50” high and 12” deep. They will be a part of a larger wall display. Sculpture must be able to be touched and created out of stone, wood, concrete, granite, mosaic, or bronze. Existing and commissioned art will be considered. All artwork should be consistent with themes mentioned above. Please contact Pam Nickell, Arts Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for an elevation of this area.
Main Lobby Waiting Area Small Art Pieces: 12 @ $1,800 (for a series of 12 pieces)
There is currently a need for a series of small works of three-dimensional art for a custom art niche in the Main Lobby waiting area. We envision two series of six small pieces that relate to each other. They will need to be approximately 4 inch deep and 8 inch high. They will fit in two spaces that are 52 inches wide by 12 inches high and will be a part of a larger wall display.
Artworks must be able to be touched and created out of stone, wood, concrete, granite, ceramic, glass, mosaic, or bronze. Existing and commissioned art will be considered. Please contact Pam Nickell, Arts Coordinator at email@example.com for an elevation of this area.
Elevator Lobby Landmark Art Features: 4 @ $7,000/each – Major Feature
There are currently four large walls that are across form the Elevator lobbies. The area that can be supported by art is 55 inches wide by 76 inches high. These artworks will be located in a niche and there is the possibility of relief of up to 3 inches for these works. This is an opportunity for several major commissioned art pieces to impact the space and inspire visitors. We are open to all types of media including originals on canvas, mosaics, ceramic, woodwork, mixed media art and paintings on board. There will be one of these pieces placed on each floor (Floors 2-5). Artwork must be durable, low maintenance and should not pose any safety risks, since this is a very public space. Please contact Pam Nickell, Arts Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for an elevation of this area.
Main Corridor Landmark Art Features: 4 @ $3,000/each
There are currently four large walls that are close to the Elevator lobbies. The area that can be supported by art is 96 inches wide by 36 inches high. One large piece or a diptych can support this. This is an opportunity for several major commissioned art pieces to impact the space and inspire visitors. Original works on paper, watercolor, pastels, mixed media or other original media will be considered. Artwork must be durable, low maintenance and should not pose any safety risks, since this is a very public space. Please contact Pam Nickell, Arts Coordinator at email@example.com for an elevation of this area. There will be one of these pieces placed on each floor (Floors 2-5).
Reception Desk Art Features: 4 @ $2,000/each (unframed)
There are currently four large walls that are in the corridors behind the reception desks. We envision one large original two-dimensional artwork that has an image size of 30″ high by 40” wide. This is an opportunity for unique commissioned art pieces to impact the space and inspire visitors. Original works on paper, watercolor, pastels, mixed media or other original media will be considered. This price is for artwork only. Please contact Pam Nickell, Arts Coordinator at
firstname.lastname@example.org for an elevation of this area. There will be one of these pieces placed on each (Floors 2-5).
Other Art Pieces
Waiting Area Art – Features: 8 @ $1,500/each (unframed)
There is currently a need for eight (8) pieces of original artwork to place in a variety of waiting rooms. These are large rooms that are areas of potential stress for families as they wait and rest. This imagery is designed to support the patient and visitor journey. We are considering large original pieces with an image size of approximately 40” wide by 30” high. Original works on paper, watercolor, pastels, mixed media or other original media will be considered. We are interested in commissioning work in a series of two to three at a time to support the space and provide a positive distraction for patients. All artwork should be consistent with the themes of the building.
Waiting Area Art: 3 @ $500/each (unframed)
There is currently a need for three (3) pieces of art to place in waiting rooms. These are areas of potential stress for families as they wait and rest. This imagery is designed to help the patient and visitor journey. We are considering art with an image size of approximately 20” high by 30” wide. Limited Edition prints, Silk-screened prints, giclees, photographs, watercolor or other similar art approaches will be considered or a series of pieces that will provide a positive distraction for patients.
Waiting and Consult Area Art: 8 @ $300/each (unframed)
There is currently a need for eight (8) pieces of art to place in smaller waiting rooms. These are areas of potential stress for families as they wait and rest. This imagery is designed to help the patient and visitor journey. We are considering art with an image size of approximately 24” wide by 24” high. Limited Edition prints, Silk-screened prints, giclees, photographs, watercolor or other similar art approaches will be considered or a series of pieces that will provide a positive distraction for patients.
Corridor and Administrative Area Art: 140 @ $450/each (unframed)
There is currently a need for one hundred and forty (140) pieces of art in the corridors and administrative areas. This imagery is designed to help the patient and visitor journey. These can be colorful pieces that visually support the themes listed above. We are considering art with an image size of approximately 20” by 30” in both horizontal and vertical directions. Limited Edition prints, Silk-screened prints, giclees, photographs, watercolor or other similar art approaches will be considered or a series of pieces that will provide a positive distraction for patients.
Patient Rooms: 136 @ $300/each (unframed) – each relating to the floor theme.
There are 32 patient rooms on floors 2 and 3, and 36 patient rooms on floors 4 and 5. There is currently a need for one hundred and thirty-six (136) pieces of art for the patient rooms. We are looking for works that are an image size of approximately 24” by 24”. (Final sizes to be determined) Limited Edition original prints and photography will be considered. We will consider one unique piece per room and will look for art that lends a sense of calm and peace to patients and their visitors. Peaceful landscapes where patients could find themselves in a restorative environment are preferred.
Bathroom Tiles: 136 @ $250/each (delivered)
We are looking for artist(s) to provide four (4) designs for each floor and create a series of bathroom tiles. We anticipate that each design will be created 8 or 9 times. One tile will be inserted in each patient bathroom. Tile to be standard construction grade porcelain 2 feet by 2 feet tile. Thickness of tile to be coordinated with the other bathroom tile. There are around 32 patient rooms on floors 2 and 3, and 36 patient rooms on floors 4 and 5.
Timeline: Art submissions for the Call for Artists must be received by
MONDAY, March 26, 2012, 5:00 P.M. (P.S.T)
Post-marked by Saturday, March 24, 2012
Tentative Project Schedule:
January 30, 2012 Distribute Call for Artists
February 16, 2012 Healing Arts Forum at Cranbrook Academy of Art
March 26, 2012 Call For Artists submittals due
April 9-13, 2012 (TBD) Patient Experience Team initial review
April 30, 2012 Artists notified about submission results
May 2012 Commissioned design contracts released
July 2012 Commissioned designs submitted for approval
September 2012 Commissioned fabrication contracts released
March 2013 Purchase orders to artists for purchase of non-commissioned art
July 2013 Artwork submitted for framing
September 2013 Framing completed/installation of two-dimensional art
September 2013 Delivery and installation of commissioned art
All artists will be notified about the results of their submissions. The Art Advisory Committee is not obligated to notify artists when incomplete entries are received and incomplete entries will not be reviewed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that entries are complete and arrive by the deadline.
Please closely observe the requirements and guidelines for the application. Handwritten materials will not be reviewed. Artists who wish to be considered for the project must submit the following materials (collated and in this order):
1. Cover Letter
Indicate on a cover sheet your interest in the project. We will consider your artwork across project areas and themes. Please submit only one submission. Artists may submit for separate areas. Please provide in your cover letter information about the areas that you are submitting for along with which submitted images referring to that submission area. Please add a brief artistic statement or your thoughts on the appropriateness of your work for arts in healthcare (one page maximum).
2. Professional Resume
Submit a current professional resume (five pages maximum) including information regarding past public art commissions, design team experience, exhibitions, awards, grants, and education if applicable.
3. Digital Images
a. Submit digital images (jpegs) of past work with annotations on a compact disc (CD). Only submit images with maximum dimensions of 1024 x 768 pixels and minimum
dimensions of 720 x 480 pixels. 35mm slides; prints or photographs of artwork will not be accepted.
b. Submit a maximum of 20 images showing at least five different artworks on a CD. This 20-image maximum is per entry. In your cover letter, indicate information about the images and whether any represent a series that is available for purchase or commission.
c. Label the CD with the artist’s name, phone number and website. Do not include the name of the artist’s gallery, assistant, or representative on the label.
e. Include a print out, in color, of your images, maximum of four to a page on regular copy paper. Indicate the title of artwork, medium, dimensions, date artwork was created, and location if it is already sold.
4. Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (optional)
If you wish to receive your CD back, please submit a self-addressed stamped envelope (S.A.S.E.) large enough for the return of the submitted materials. Materials submitted without an S.A.S.E. will not be returned. Text materials will not be returned. The Healing Arts Advisory Committee will make every effort to protect submitted materials; however, it will not be responsible for any loss or damage to the materials.
Please submit completed applications to:
Pamela Nickell, Arts Coordinator
ATTN: St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
301 Spruce Street
San Diego, CA 92103
Please ensure that your full name, address and phone numbers are included on all materials. Incomplete entries will not be reviewed. Applications submitted in response to this request will be screened by Aesthetics Inc. and then presented to members of the St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s Art Advisory Committee for approval and purchase.
Responsibility for Submissions: Although we will make every effort to protect the materials you submit, Aesthetics Inc. /St. Joseph’s Mercy, Oakland are not responsible for the loss or damage of any application materials submitted. Artists submitting applications without a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope will not receive materials back.
Responsibility for Application Costs: St. Joseph’s Mercy, Oakland is not liable for any cost incurred by any person responding to this invitation. The applicant is fully responsible for all application costs. St. Joseph’s Mercy, Oakland does not assume any contractual or financial obligation as a result of the issuance of this request, the preparation and submission of an application by a respondent, the evaluation of an accepted application, or the selection of finalists.
Application Acceptance/Rejection: St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to reject any or all submissions received and to accept or reject any or all of the items in the application. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland reserves the right to negotiate with any respondent after applications are opened, if such action is deemed to be in St. Joseph Mercy Oakland ’s best interest. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland ’s acceptance and review of an application and/or submitted application, artwork concept, or artwork design does not constitute a commitment on the part of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland to award a commission to any artist.
Decline to Award: St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to not award the commission to any artist (or artist team) due to inappropriateness of art.
Copyright: A version of the following language will appear in the contracts between St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and artists: The Artist retains all copyrights to any and all of the Artist’s Submissions and, except as provided below, to the Artwork.
Irrevocable License to Reproduce for Non-Commercial Purposes: The Artist hereby grants St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, without charge to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, irrevocable license to make, or cause to be made, photographs and other two-dimensional reproductions of the Artwork or the Artwork Design for educational, public relations, tourist and arts program promotional purposes without payment of a royalty to the Artist. For the purposes of this Agreement, the following are among those deemed to be permissible reproductions for the above cited purposes: in brochures and pamphlets pertaining to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland; in exhibition catalogues, books, slides, photographs, postcards, posters, and calendars; in art magazines, art books and art and news sections of newspapers; in general books and magazines not primarily devoted to art; as well as on slides, CDs, DVDs, film strips, video, computer websites and television.
Important Note: This Call for Art may be amended from time to time as additional art opportunities become available. This Call will be available in its most up-to-date form on the websites for Aesthetics, Inc. http://aesthetics.net/stjosephmercycfa.html. Artists are encouraged to check the website from time to time for updates or modifications to this call.