TMC issues call to artists for space in new Geropsychiatric Center

TMC (vertical) k-321Tucson Medical Center is seeking a local artist to paint a mural in a new therapeutic center that will provide short-term inpatient treatment to older adults experiencing behavioral health issues related to aging.

The facility: The Geropsychiatric Center at Handmaker, opening in January 2015, will assist older adults who are experiencing behavioral health issues, such as depression, dementia, anxiety and rapid onset of impaired reality.

The project: The mural will be for a wall, 7 feet wide by 13 feet tall, in the common space where activities will be held. Compensation is $5,000, which will include all supplies.

The art: Clinical places of healing do not have to be sterile, institutional environments. The space should reflect vitality and life yet be appropriately reflective and soothing. Very abstract art, overly vivid colors and heavy patterns tend to work against a therapeutic environment for a population experiencing anxiety.

The timeframe: The art must be finished by the time the Center opens in January and preferably by an open house in early November. The application deadline is Aug. 31, with a goal of artist selection in early September. Artists should plan for the project to commence by mid-September.

The application:  Artists will include photographs of five completed projects and the following information, with no more than 100 words per section:

1. Discussion of previous work and how it would inform this project

2.  A vision for the proposed space and what approach would be taken to the work

3.  An example of working with projects that have high sensitivity and how this experience would inform the project

4.  Any knowledge of the population served (Older Adults) and how this would affect the project

5. Your ability to meet the Oct. 31 expected deadline of the project

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TMC and art: TMC was nominated for a Tucson Pima Arts Council award for public art in 2012 because of its extensive sculpture, murals, artwork and open space throughout campus. It has long adhered to the belief that art creates a unique environment for healing. This project at Handmaker is a complement to the TMC Foundation’s Healing Art Program, which is currently installing art throughout the Tucson Medical Center campus to enhance the hospital environment. 


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