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The Norfolk Public Art Commission and Sentara Healthcare seek to Commission an artist to design and create Artwork for the new Sentara Brock Treatment Center

LOCATION/CONTEXT: Sentara Healthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare organization serving Virginia and North Carolina. It is based in Norfolk, Virginia and offers services 12 acute care hospitals with 3739 beds; 853,000 members in its health plan; homecare services; outpatient therapy centers; diagnostic services, primary care physician practices and specialists’ groups.

The new Sentara Brock Cancer Center is a 253,000 square foot collaborative cancer treatment and care facility. The center offers medical innovation, excellence and cooperative services to cancer patients and their families under one roof. Resources include state-of-the art treatment, physician offices, testing, labs, prosthesis and wigs, restorative services, a full program of art, music and physical therapies, individual and family consultations, seminars, workshops, and professionally led support groups.

Medical professionals from Virginia Oncology Associates, Eastern Virginia Medical School Medical Group, other community providers, as well as Sentara Healthcare staff the new cancer center.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Public Art Planning Committee seeks to hire an artist to design and create exterior artwork that represents healing, hope, and resiliency. The work should be elegant, sophisticated, and visually stimulating. We hope the artwork will convey a sense of peace and serenity and lift-up the patients, families, and staff who come to the building. Artists may want to explore organic, natural themes and shapes that are tactile and engaging.

PROJECT SITE: The beautiful, contemporary glass and stone building was designed as a place of healing. Artwork, plants, and furnishings embellish a light-filled interior that evokes calmness. There is a healing garden and fountain on the side of the building, adjacent to the parking garage currently under construction. Artists should consider the dialogue between the architecture, the local area, and the artwork to complement the building and the building’s use. The artwork will mark the Main Entrance and will serve as a visual point of reference. Photos can be viewed at

SIZE/MEDIUM: The artwork should be at a scale to complement the building but not obstruct entrance into the building by pedestrians or cars pulling into the drop off area. It will be experienced up close by pedestrian traffic as the sculpture will be featured in the large peninsula shaped sidewalk. It must be constructed of durable, permanent materials that are safe and easily maintained. Artwork should be constructed and operate to the highest level of sustainability.

PROJECT FUNDS: The total budget for the completed, delivered, and installed exterior artwork is $100,000. This will cover artist’s honorarium, fabrication, materials, shipping, insurance, and travel expenses necessary to complete the project, project plaque, final documentation, and any incidental expenses. Finalists will be selected to be interviewed virtually by the Public Art Planning Committee. The finalists are not expected to complete a design at this stage but will be interviewed about past work and their creative process. There may be a preliminary discussion of the site and ideas. The committee reserves the right to select the successful artist without a finalist process.

The artist must hire a Virginia licensed contractor to install the artwork(s). The selected artist may be asked to present an educational workshop or presentation to the community. The artwork will be housed on Sentara Healthcare property and owned by the City of Norfolk.

Please note that a City contract will be issued with a Design Phase requiring review and approval by the committee and the Public Art Commission prior to fabrication.

The selected artist must carry a Commercial General Liability Insurance Policy naming the City of Norfolk and Sentara Healthcare as additional insured and must provide certificates of insurance to that effect guaranteeing thirty (30) days written notice before any changes to the policies become effective. Insurance can be purchased, and certificate presented after the first payment is made. If the artist employs anyone in connection with this work, the artist must carry a worker’s compensation insurance policy and an automobile liability insurance policy if appropriate. The artist shall also be responsible for assuring subcontractors, if there are any, meet the same insurance requirements.

CALENDAR: This calendar is subject to change.

February 25, 2021 2:00 p.m. EST time, submittal due date and time

April 2021 selection announced

Spring 2022, completion of art

SELECTION CRITERIA AND AWARD CONSIDERATIONS: The commission will be awarded based on many factors such as the aesthetic value, creativity, and relevance of the proposed piece. The city will consider the diversity of beliefs and values and general standards of decency of the citizens who fund the commission and purchase public art for the City of Norfolk. The award will be made to the responsible offeror whose submission is determined in writing to be the most advantageous to both the Sentara Brock Cancer Center and the City taking into consideration the evaluation factors set forth in this Request for Proposal.

The following criteria will be used in the proposal evaluation process:

• Artistic merit (excellence, originality, creativity, and innovative approaches) as evidenced by submitted materials

• Professional artistic experience to fulfill the requirements of this project either in studio, educational, community, employment and/or art projects and the ability to undertake the design, creation, and installation of the artwork

• Appropriateness of materials, style, and concepts in relation to this prospectus

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS: Submission must be submitted via Submittable website at or delivered to 810 Union Street, Suite 303, (City Hall Building) Norfolk, VA 23510 by 2:00 PM EST on Thursday, February  2021. Artists are highly encouraged to apply through Submittable. There is no application fee to apply or use the Submittable online application system.

The following materials are required:

1. Statement of Understanding, online agreement of compliance to all State of Virginia codes. By submitting your application you automatically agree to to the Terms of Use.

2. Letter of Interest outline your interest in this project and how you will approach the artwork design and creation. (500-word max)

3. Resume, maximum of two (2) pages, outlining your professional accomplishments. If submitting as a team, please include resumes for each team member, with each resume not exceeding two (2) pages.

4. Artwork Images, selection of up to ten (10) images representing artworks most relevant to the scope of this opportunity. You may submit up to two (2) video files if relevant to showing the artwork.

5. References, three (3) professional references, including name, affiliated organization (if appropriate), email address, phone number, and relationship to each reference.

QUESTIONS/FOLLOW UP: Questions about this project may be directed to Danny Hawk, Office of the Purchasing Agent, at For assistance with the Submittable online application process, contact Submittable tech support at

This Request for Proposals is governed in all respects, including but not limited to the award decision, by the Code of the City of Norfolk, 1979, as amended, especially Chapter 33.1, the Procurement Chapter, and its associated regulations. For more information on doing business with the City of Norfolk or to become familiar with the City Code generally, its Procurement Chapter and regulations, or the ethics and non-discrimination sections of the Procurement please go to the city web site at City encourages women and minorities to submit proposals and for non-minority artist to participate with small businesses and women and minorities through partnerships, joint ventures, subcontracts and other contractual opportunities. Please describe any planned use of such businesses in fulfilling this contract. Before submitting proposals, please review the website for possible updates and addendums.


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