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Art in Public Buildings Program

Opportunity for USA Artists to Display
Artwork at Wyoming Public Health Facilities

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Wyoming Arts Council (WAC)

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Opportunity for USA artists to display their artwork at Wyoming health facilities. Artists from the State of Wyoming will be given preference. Both indoor and outdoor artwork will be commissioned for the facilities. Artwork should complement the planned facility designs and color schemes; should be accessible to all staff, visitors, and patients; and may be of any durable genre.

About the Facilities:

The Wyoming State Hospital (WSH) provides acute short-term psychiatric services to people with serious mental illness who are in a crisis situation and are a danger to themselves or others. Most patients are stabilized and able to return to their community within 30 to 120 days.

The new hospital's design is focused on creating a safe and secure therapeutic environment. The design includes outside courtyards, large windows providing light and a view of the outside world, and internal design features that provide a more homelike, calming environment.

The Wyoming Life Resource Center (WLRC) provides safety net intermediate and long term services to people with intellectual disabilities, brain injuries, people with high medical needs, exceptionally difficult behaviors, and people with co-occurring mental health and significant medical needs.

The new center's design includes ten cottages with ten single bedrooms, a large kitchen and living room, and a den. The cottages are designed as Green House homes, which include three core values: meaningful life, empowered staff, and real home. The design also includes a therapy building with a pool and gymnasium, two new day program buildings, and a third remodeled day program building that includes the facility's staff training center.

Both facilities are scheduled to open in late 2020, with an additional renovation at the existing WSH facility to follow.


There are opportunities for artwork inside the facilities, as well as outside on the facility campuses. Artists will need to take into consideration the various audiences at each site. Artwork must be accessible to visitors, guardians, staff, and patients, and balance the public and private sections of each facility. Additional safety and health criteria must be met, including security of the artwork, and addressing climbing and reach hazards. Artists will need to work with facility staff and the committee on final placement and installation.

Color palettes and wayfinding designs have been established for each facility. Artwork should complement, or not clash with, those designs. Color palettes are based on natural phenomena and colors of the Wyoming landscapes. Wayfinding is based on Wyoming attributes such as bison and Indian Paintbrush. Information and images can be found on the Arts Council website.

The committee is interested in working with artists who have completed similar projects and who have experience addressing the specific needs of these facilities. Artists are invited to submit work for consideration at one or both facilities.

All styles, genres, conceptual approaches, and mediums will be considered. All proposed artwork must be durable, structurally sound, secure, site appropriate, and easy to maintain. Additional drawings, site plans, and information will be provided to the artists invited to submit complete proposals.

Project Budget:

The total project budget available for artwork for both facilities is up to $90,000. This amount may be allocated for multiple artists/artworks for various locations in and around the buildings. Artists may submit their work for consideration for one or both facilities, and are asked to indicate their selection in the application. A more specific budget allocation will be determined by the committee after finalists are selected.

In reviewing submitted RFQ materials, the committee will consider the following:
- The quality of the artist’s portfolio or previous work samples submitted
- The artist’s cover letter and how well it addresses this particular project
- The artist’s experience working with the public art process and demonstrated ability to work with the project architect and facility managers
- The artist’s ability to address special considerations of the nature of these facilities, unique clientele, and health and safety needs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184129

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total project budget available for artwork for both facilities is up to $90,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This is a national RFQ. Wyoming artists will be given preference.

Pre-Application Information:

Submissions to the RFQ are due August 31, 2018.

The selection committee will review the submissions to this RFQ in early September. Following review, select artists will be asked to submit a complete formal design proposal. A decision will be made by November 2018. A specific timeline for development, production, and installation will be established upon selection of the finalist(s). This timeline is subject to adjustment.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have any questions about the project or need more information on the selection process, please contact
Rachel Clifton, Wyoming Arts Council

Wyoming Arts Council
2301 Central Ave.
Barrett Building, Second Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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