Erie Arts & Culture, on behalf of the Hamot Health Foundation and UPMC Hamot, is requesting qualifications from artists or artist teams who have established reputations for design, execution, and installation of public art projects. A preference will be given to artists or artist teams who have a portfolio reflecting work created and installed within a healthcare environment. The client is requesting qualifications from artists interested in creating an original art installation inside the newly constructed UPMC Hamot Patient Care Tower located in Erie, Pennsylvania. The finished artwork is expected to translate UPMC’s central values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into a visual narrative. The artwork will be installed in a first floor hallway spanning approximately 140’ in length and may consist of both 2D work, 3D work, or a combination of both.
To address the client’s goals, artwork should:
The budget for this project is $50,000. This is inclusive of all expenses related to the project, including artist fees, artist travel, fabrication, installation, insurance, and maintenance contingency.
In 1977, the Hamot Medical Center constructed a patient tower to position Hamot as a leader in critical care medicine, incorporating innovations that preceded other hospitals by decades, including private rooms and state-of-the-art technologies.
UPMC Hamot’s massive growth has not only led to a reimagination of the original tower, but also to the construction of another pioneering facility — guaranteeing critical care excellence in the Erie region for years to come. UPMC Hamot’s new Patient Care Tower, a $111 million, seven-story facility will provide unmatched care to meet the growing needs of nearly one million individuals in 13 counties spanning Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.
The Patient Care Tower will deliver technologies and services otherwise unavailable within a 100-mile radius of Erie. A timely advancement, the tower includes a significant expansion of patient rooms with negative airflow capabilities, a vital measure in the case of airborne outbreaks or pandemics. The Patient Care Tower will provide 24/7/365 access to board-certified intensivists — vastly exceeding the Leapfrog Group’s standard for excellence in intensive care.
UPMC Hamot’s specialists practicing in the facility include board-certified critical care pulmonologists, trauma surgeons, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
The Patient Care Tower is the largest construction project in the 140-year history of UPMC Hamot. Upon completion, UPMC’s total investment in the Erie community will exceed $400 million since affiliation in 2011.
Diversity, inclusion, and culturally competent medical care are defining characteristics of UPMC.Improving the health and health status of the communities we serve is UPMC’s mission. The multicultural dimensions of these communities makes diversity and inclusion a necessity. We advance a meaningful diversity strategy inclusive of actively engaging with the communities we serve through hiring and engaging a diverse staff. The UPMC patient, member, and customer experience is designed to provide culturally competent services and care that are accessible to all patients and families recognizing that care needs may differ for individuals from diverse backgrounds.
A Selection Committee appointed by Erie Arts & Culture and the Hamot Health Foundation, including hospital staff, community members, and design professionals, will evaluate submissions based on artistic merit, artist history of completing installations of a similar scale and scope, and interest in creating a statement work for UPMC Hamot Patient Care Tower. Three finalists will be selected to prepare proposals. Each finalist will be given an opportunity, either in-person or virtually, to tour the space and meet with community constituents. The finalists will be interviewed and present their proposals virtually to the Selection Committee. Finalists will each receive a stipend of $1,000 for their proposal. One artist or artist team will be selected for the commission.
Application materials shall include:
- The budget of the project
- Other team members if it was a collaboration
Erie Arts & Culture reserves the right to accept or reject any and all submittals, waive technicalities and informalities, change scope of work, and amend said Request for Qualifications as desired.
|Artist Applications Due||April 4, 2021 (11:59 PM, EST)|
|Initial Meeting of Selection Committee to Select Semi-Finalists||April 12, 2021|
|Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Executed with Semi-Finalists and Announcements Made||April 16, 2021|
|Proposals Due||May 17, 2021|
|Meeting of Selection Committee to Review Proposals and Select Finalist||May 24, 2021|
|Contract Executed with Finalist and Announcements Made||May 28, 2021|
|Artwork to be Delivered||November 1, 2021|
|Installation||November 2-8, 2021|
|Unveiling||November 16, 2021|
Please join us for a virtual information session on Monday, March 22 at 5:30 PM to answer any questions that artists may have about this opportunity.
The session will include:
Patrick Fisher, Executive Director of Erie Arts & Culture
Boo Haggerty, President, Hamot Health Foundation
Melonie R. Jackson, Vice President, Human Resources, UPMC Hamot
Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m., EST, April 4, 2021. Submit qualifications and information through Submittable.
THE APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Patrick Fisher (email@example.com). Questions in regards to the published RFQ should be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m., EST, March 26, 2021.