Elizabeth Kanost
Spencer Museum of Art

Artists invited to submit proposals for new KU School of Medicine-Salina building

Fri, 09/15/2017

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina is seeking artists to develop original art for the new Medical Education Building that will house the Salina campuses of the KU schools of Medicine and Nursing. The building, a historic former bank, will open in summer 2018. The deadline for the first round of artist proposals is Oct. 13.

All visual artists and artist teams are eligible to apply, with preference given to artists residing in or with close ties to Salina and central Kansas. Up to four artists or teams will be selected to create new works of art for four areas in the Medical Education Building. The selected works will reflect and be inspired by the missions of the schools of Medicine and Nursing.

“The mission of the Salina campuses is to train health care professionals in a rural environment, hoping that many will choose to serve rural Kansans. It will be exciting to see how local artists interpret this mission in their proposed creations,” said Dr. William Cathcart-Rake, director of the School of Medicine-Salina.

Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy is on the project review panel that will select the artists. She also participated on the committee that selected artists to create work for a new building at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City.

“I was delighted to represent the Spencer Museum of Art on the selection committee for the Health Education Building in Kansas City, and I look forward to the project in Salina, as it is a community I care deeply about,” Reece Hardy said.

In preparation for the first-round deadline, Reece Hardy will lead a workshop for artists Oct. 3 about how to create a successful project proposal. First-round submissions should include a cover letter, images of recent work and an artist resume. Selected artists from the first round will be invited to create proposals specifically for installation.

The proposal workshop and subsequent development activities during the second round of proposals are co-sponsored by SPARK Artist Resource Exchange, which aims to offer professional development for artists and to integrate their work into downtown Salina and local healing environments. SPARK is a new project, formed in collaboration with Salina Arts & Humanities, and funded in part by the Greater Salina Community Foundation and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.

Important Dates

Oct. 3

Workshop: Crafting Successful Proposals

5:30 p.m., Salina Innovation Foundation-Masonic Center, 336 S. Santa Fe, Salina

Learn how to create a successful artist proposal with Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy.

Oct. 13

Deadline: First-round artist proposals due by 5 p.m.

Submit electronic proposals to:

Dean William Cathcart-Rake, M.D.

With subject line: Artist Submission


Submit complete proposals by mail to:

KU School of Medicine-Salina, Dean’s Office

ATTN: William Cathcart‐Rake, M.D.

400 South Santa Fe

Salina KS 67401.

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