Call for Submissions 2019
Please read the following information, and if appropriate fill out the form at the bottom of this page to submit a proposal.
Deadline for Submissions: March 31, 2019.
McMullen Gallery seeks proposals for the 2020-2021 exhibition season from practicing artists, curators and organizations, with consideration for the meaningful experiences that art allows in a hospital setting.
The Friends of University Hospitals is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing healing, caring, and compassion for patients, staff, families, and volunteers through social enterprise, arts programming, and community engagement. The Friends’ Arts in Healthcare program, which includes the UAH Art Collection, McMullen Gallery, and the Artists on the Wards programs, is based on the belief that art can do for the healing spirit what treatment and technology can do for the ailing body.
Opened in 1986 and situated in the University of Alberta Hospital, McMullen Gallery has approximately 1700 visitors per exhibition, including patients, medical staff, hospital visitors and members of the general public. McMullen Gallery exhibits artwork in all media that is soothing, uplifting, humorous, and/or thought-provoking including but not limited to health-related subject matter.
McMullen Gallery consists of 175 running feet of wall space and 2000 square feet of floor space, with 9 foot ceiling height on permanent walls. The gallery has mid-grey fabric coverings and modular track lighting. It faces an extremely busy corridor with a storefront window with additional hanging space.
McMullen gallery pays artists according to CARFAC guidelines, and also covers the cost of opening celebration, invitations, labels and signage.
Some works featured in recent McMullen Gallery exhibitions:
Submission Check List
Artist Resume including formal training, exhibition history
Description of Proposed Exhibition (1-2 pages).
Artist Statement (1 page)
Images – 10-15 images of proposed or supporting artwork
approximately 800x600 pixel range
150 - 300 dpi
no larger than 2MB in size
files must be named: lastnamenumber.jpeg(eg.smith1.jpeg)
Image List – Provide an image list with the following:
artist’s name, contact name, address, email, telephone at the top of page
list the following information for each image:
JPEG file name
title of Artwork
Additional Supporting Documents (not required)
Submissions are evaluated by the McMullen Gallery Programming Jury, which includes Friends of University Hospitals board members, community members at large, and hospital staff. Be sure to include artwork that is appropriate to potential sensitivities of patients, and also that which may be most impactful to the hospital community. Applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision. All decisions are final.
Why Art in Hospitals?
Research has shown that having art in hospitals can provide the following benefits:
Supports mental wellness
Lowers blood pressure and pain levels
Decreases heart rate and stress levels
Improves attitude towards hospital environment and experience
Connects the hospital to its community
Provides a welcome distraction for patients, staff, families
Motivates patients to get out of bed and be active within hospital
Makes the hospital environment more welcoming and human