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Adventist HealthCare System of Maryland announces Call for Artists for exterior artwork for the new White Oak Medical Center. The selected sculpture will serve as a memorial to Lucille Byard, an African-American woman who was denied healthcare services in 1943, and whose legacy shapes the health system’s mission and values today.

Artists may submit applications here:

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Sculpture commission location

Adventist Healthcare

White Oak Medical Center

Silver Spring MD

Submission deadline: January 31, 2020


Adventist HealthCare System announces a Call for Artists for exterior artwork for White Oak Medical Center. The selected sculpture will serve as a memorial to Lucille Byard, an African-American woman who was denied health care services in 1943 and whose legacy shapes the health system’s mission and values today.

Budget – approximately $50,000

Budget includes but is not limited to artist fees design, fabrication, and delivery, installation, taxes, insurance, documentation of artwork, as well as subcontracted services and travel. Budget includes both the sculpture and pedestal if necessary. Budget does not include structural footing.

Mission Statement

We extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

Statement of Intent

“At Adventist HealthCare, we extend God’s care by recognizing the infinite worth of each individual. Every human being, no matter their condition, gender, identity, race, age, nationality, socioeconomic status, faith or sexual orientation, will receive equitable health care and be treated with respect and dignity. We commit to hold ourselves to the highest standards of speech and conduct toward all individuals with whom we interact.”

— “Learning from the Experience of Lucy Byard” by Terry Ford, President & CEO

Project description

The artwork will be located in the front entrance courtyard of the White Oak Medical Center in Silver Spring MD. The memorial was originally envisioned as a portrait bust based on historical photographs of Lucille Byard, to be installed on a pedestal. However, artists may propose other approaches and interpretations, including non-representational compositions in any media.

The artwork must accord with the site conditions, including the scale and space of the front entrance courtyard. The selected artist will collaborate with the landscape architect to properly locate, orient, and illuminate the sculpture within the space of the courtyard, and to prepare the structural footing or other site conditions.

Artwork must be suitable for outdoor weather conditions. A variety of media will be considered; however, the work must be durable, sustainable, and very easy to maintain.

Download site plans here


Adventist HealthCare especially encourages submission from artists local to Silver Spring Maryland, including the Mid-Atlantic states of the Columbia Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists – Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Lucille Byard lived in New York City, attending Jamaica Seventh-day Adventist Church, and artists in that area are encouraged to apply as well.

Adventist HealthCare especially encourages submission from women and artists of color.

Artists may apply in teams.

Application Materials

Cover letter that includes a statement of interest addressing the story of Lucille Byard and explaining how the artist is uniquely suited for the project. The cover letter may also include a description of the artist’s vision for the artwork. Include name, address, telephone, email and website for all artist/design team members. (1000 words max).

Resume or CV (4 pages max). Be sure to include:

Contact information, website

Previous relevant art commissions

Exhibitions, awards, grants,


Biography or Artist Statement. (500 words max).

References: 3.

Image list, including title, media, year completed, dimensions, and budget or commission price for each submitted image.

Images of work examples: 10 maximum.

IMAGE: Only JPEG or JPG, up to 5MB with a minimum of 1200 pixels on the longest side.

VIDEO: Only MOV, MP4, WMV, 3GP, AVI, ASF, MPG, M2T, MKV, M2TS, up to 100MB. (Currently, linked media from YouTube, Vimeo, etc. is not accepted.)

Submission Process

Submit applications online via (CaFÉ) no later than 5:pm (CST) on MONDAY January 31, 2020. For technical assistance with your application, first consult CaFÉ help resources and contacts guide:

Applications will not be accepted by postal mail or by email.

Review and Selection Process

On behalf of Adventist HealthCare, Skyline Art is conducting this request for qualifications and the subsequent request for proposals.

Skyline Art will create a shortlist of artist and will present their submissions to the Art Committee of Adventist HealthCare, who will select three or four artists to request to submit detailed proposals.

Artists who are requested to submit a proposal will be provided a $500 stipend to develop their proposal and present it in person to the Art Committee of Adventist Healthcare in Gaithersburg, MD.

The Art Committee may request a proposal revision before awarding a commission.

Selection Criteria

Artistic merit and technical expertise.

Demonstration of successful art projects of a similar scope.

An expressed interest in telling the story of Lucille Byard at Adventist HealthCare.

Timeline – Subject to change

RFQ released Dec 2, 2019 – MONDAY

Questions accepted until Dec 31 – TUESDAY

Deadline for submission Jan 31, 2020 – FRIDAY

Shortlisted artists notified Feb 17 – MONDAY

Finalists notified and proposals requested Mar 9 – MONDAY

Proposal presentation, maquettes, and on-site interviews Apr 20 – MONDAY

Selected artist notified APR 24 – FRIDAY

Installation TBD with artist


Direct all questions regarding this RFQ in writing. Answers to questions submitted by FRIDAY December 31, 2019, will be posted to the RFQ on CaFÉ.

Hank Hancock

Project Manager, Skyline Art

[email protected]


Site plans, renderings

“Learning from the Experience of Lucy Byard” by Terry Ford, President & CEO

Photographs of Lucille Byard

Historical Background

Adventist HealthCare is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization whose Mission is “to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing” throughout the Washington, D.C., region.

Founded in 1907, Adventist HealthCare is the first, largest and only health system headquartered in Montgomery County, Maryland.


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