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Request for Submissions

Artwork for the Stanford ChEM-H Building

Request for Artwork Submissions

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Overview: Stanford ChEM-H (an interdisciplinary institute that connects Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine to understand Human health) invites submissions of artwork by members of the Stanford arts community to be displayed, on one-year loan (with possibility of extension), in the new Stanford ChEM-H Building, part of the ChEM-H / Neuro research complex at 290 Jane Stanford Way.

Background: Stanford ChEM-H brings together chemists, engineers, biologists, and clinicians to understand life at a molecular level and apply that knowledge to improving human health. It is housed in a spectacular new 235,000 square foot research complex that opened in early 2020. ChEM-H aims to engage its diverse community of researchers, students, and visitors with public displays of art in the building’s generous indoor communal spaces. ChEM-H seeks art that might spark a conversation, and that engages with themes such as diversity, health, innovation, and interconnections between people and ideas.

Display Site: The Stanford ChEM-H Building is home to a number of “living rooms” – large, open hallways and common spaces that allow researchers to come out of their laboratories for informal meetings and to socialize with peers and collaborators. Picture rail installed in these areas allows art to hang in front of neutral color, fabric-wrapped panels. Some sites are visible through the glass-walled courtyard. The facility is generally open to the public daily (current usage is restricted due to COVID-19), with keycard access and security cameras on the main entrances.

Eligibility: Campus community of Stanford-affiliated artists (e.g. students, faculty, staff, alumni)

Parameters: Submitted works must be available for loan to ChEM-H for a period of one year, from September 2021 to August 2022.

Flat work is preferred, but sculptural work that can hang on walls will also be considered. Works must not exceed 8’ in height.

Artwork that is ready to hang and can be transported locally to the facility by the artist is preferred. However, limited funds are available to reimburse direct artist expenses for framing, mounting, and/or shipping if necessary, with prior approval. 

Arrangements can be made to insure work, up to an agreed insurable value, under Stanford’s insurance during the period of the loan.

Community Engagement: Selected artists will be invited for a meet and greet opportunity in the facility (COVID conditions allowing) to engage with the scientists who will be enjoying their work. 

Compensation: Selected artists will receive a $500 honoraria in recognition of their participation in this program.

Timeline: Submissions are due June 30, 2021 at 5 pm. We intend to notify selected artists in August for installation in September.

Submission Instructions: All submissions should be made through the Stanford ChEM-H Slideroom Portal

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In your submission, please provide the following:

  1. Artist bio (300 words maximum)
  2. An explanation (300 words maximum) of how the work relates to the site, Stanford, themes of diversity, and/or interconnections between people, ideas, and health
  3. Whether the work can be transported locally or requires shipping
  4. Images and dimensions of the specific work(s) proposed for loan to ChEM-H 

For questions, please contact: Elizabeth Ponder (