Area artists are encouraged to put on their creativity and compete for the opportunity to have their creation seen by the many thousands who will enter Freeman Neosho Hospital for many years to come.

Renee Denton, hospital administrator, urges artists to submit their proposals for a project that will be featured in the main entrance of the hospital.

“The theme of the project should focus on the history of the hospital and its contribution and impact over the years,” she said.

Denton explained that there is an area on the west wall of the hospital’s main entrance that is allotted for this art project.

“It is approximately eight feet wide by five feet high, and the works can be two or three dimensional or mixed media, but it can’t extend any greater than 3.75 inches from the wall itself,” she said.

She emphasized that this does not have to be a portrait, reiterating that it can be three-dimensional or mixed media.

She said proposals should include a rough sketch of what the piece might look like, and should also list the space that would be needed for the project, supplies needed and installation requirements, and the budget needed for supplies and installation.

“We would like for them to submit a firm completion time for the project,” Denton said.
Denton said organizers hope to receive all entries by 5 p.m. next Friday, June 20, though if anyone wishing to enter cannot meet that deadline, she said they may call the administrative assistant at 455-4352 to seek an extension.

She said a selection committee comprised of hospital and community leaders will review all submissions and choose the project believed to best capture the historical progression of Freeman Neosho Hospital and its contribution to the community. Denton said they plan to make that decision and contact the winner no later than June 30, with an anticipated start date of July 6. She hopes to have the project completed by late August.

“[But] having said that, I don’t want to set any time limits on the artists that might be a constraint and stifle their creativity, so that’s something I would certainly be open for us to discuss,” she said.

Denton said the proposal should also include the artist’s name, phone number and email address (if applicable), their mailing address, and samples or photographs of past work or projects and a list of where they might be viewed, along with at least two letters of recommendation from a relevant source such as a teacher, a patron of the artist’s work, etc.
She said several updates are planned throughout the hospital.

“Our goal is to make sure that we have an aesthetically pleasing environment for our customers who come through our doors,” Denton said. “I believe that we have very strong ties to the community. We want to continue to foster that sense of ownership, of our community owning their hospital and being very proud of this facility; so we think it’s just a natural progression that we allow members of our community to be a part of that decorating process. So that’s why we would like to reach out to our area artists, to come and be a part of the history here at Freeman Neosho.”

She hopes the final product will be a message and a source of pride to those walk into the hospital and see it.

“But also a historical reference — an informative art piece, if you will — that will really tell the story of Freeman Neosho Hospital. We also would like for it to give a feeling of confidence in the care that has been provided here in years past and for the care they will receive today and in the future.”

Denton said first preference on selection of the artist will be given to those with a mailing address within 40 miles of Neosho, but she does not want that to stifle entries from outside that radius.

“We really want to allow our local artists that opportunity,” she said. “We really feel strongly that we are only here because of our community, and we really do want to foster that sense of pride and sense of ownership. So we think we would like to offer that preference to our local artists, but absolutely we are not eliminating possibilities for other artists. We certainly don’t want that to hinder any submissions.”

If there are several proposals that do capture the essence of the desired theme, Denton said there are other areas in the hospital where they would consider placement of a second project.

She said a cash prize will be awarded to the winner. Denton said the amount of that prize will be dependant on the cost of the winning project, so that won’t be disclosed until later.
Freeman Neosho Hospital will become the owner of the copyright to the work.