January 31, 2021

Call for Art: Henry Ford Health Systems seeks work for ‘Reflection and Tribute’ display

COVID-19 Reflection and Tribute Art Project
Request for Artist Proposals – Custom Artwork
Awards: 8 Artist Awards of $10,000 each
Deadline to Apply: February 18, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant great loss and challenges for our Henry Ford team members but has also served to strengthen our family bond more than ever. As we have suffered losses both personal and professional, we have continued to endure with strength, compassion and a heightened sense of unity. In support and celebration of our team members and as a lasting reminder of our strength, custom artwork created by Michigan-based artists will be unveiled at eight HFHS locations in Spring 2021.

• Open to all interested artists and designers, submitting as an individual or as a team. Artists must reside in southeast or south-central Michigan. Each art installation must be led by someone 18 years or older. There is no submission fee.
• 8 all-inclusive stipends up to $10,000 each will be awarded to up to 8 individual artists or teams. The stipend is intended to cover all associated project costs with exception of installation which will be handled separately by HFHS.

• One award will be announced for each of the following Henry Ford Health System sites:
o Henry Ford Macomb Hospital (Clinton Twp.)
o Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital (West Bloomfield)
o Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit)
o Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital (Wyandotte)
o Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital (Jackson)
o Kingswood Behavioral Health Hospital (Ferndale)
o One Ford Place (Detroit)
o HAP Office Building (Detroit)

Artwork Guidelines
• Artwork should promote a healing environment and portray inspirational themes such as hope, resiliency, strength, perseverance, teamwork, family, compassion, unity, healing.
• All artistic mediums are welcome including large-scale murals, installation art and sculpture, in addition to traditional 2D and 3D media. Freestanding sculpture may be proposed for indoor or outdoor placement. Muralists should assume indoor placement with a ceiling height of 8.5’.
• To allow flexibility in artist proposals, maximum dimensions and precise sites at each location will be determined during the review process with the overall goal of securing an appropriate location for each selected artwork.
• It is preferable for artists to include a community engagement component to their project to build connection with the HFHS team members the artwork is meant to represent. These activities could take place at any stage of the project from planning to post-installation, either virtually or in-person, at the discretion of HFHS.
• See Special Considerations for artwork.

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