Wyoming Arts Council

Public Art Call: WY State Hospital and Life Resource Center

The Wyoming Arts Council announces that a new call for entry for public art is now open. The Wyoming Department of Health is currently building two new healthcare facilities: the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, and the Wyoming Life Resource Center in Lander.

Through the State of Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings program, artwork will be commissioned for both facilities.

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to artists with a deadline of Aug. 31, 2018. This is a national RFQ. Wyoming artists will be given preference.

A rendering of the new facility at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston (gray roof) and the existing building (blue roof), courtesy of HOK

The call is available on CaFE. Additional details, including eligibility requirements, timelines, and budget information are available on CaFE and on the Wyoming Arts Council website. Submissions to the RFQ must be made through CaFE by the deadline listed. There is a committee for the project, tasked with reviewing applications, selecting finalists, and making the final artwork selection. Wyoming artists are encouraged to apply.

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. 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, 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. Additional information and plans can be found on the Department of Health 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.

Art in Public Buildings legislation for the State of Wyoming is administered through the Wyoming Arts Council

For more information, please contact Rachel Clifton at Rachel.Clifton@wyo.gov or 307-777-5305.

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