RFQ: Artwork for Northfield Hospital + Clinics


Northfield Hospital + Clinics

Northfield Hospital + Clinics seeks an Artist to design, fabricate, and install original artwork that will honor Dr. Chris Nielsen and his legacy as a physician leader and inspirational colleague. (See northfieldhospital.org for information on the organization.) Open to considering sculpture, mosaic, mural, painting, fiber arts, and other media.


  • Submission Deadline (delivered): Dec. 20, 2019
  • Finalists Notified: Jan. 13, 2020
  • Finalist Proposals Due (present in person): Jan. 27, 2020
  • Artist Selection: Feb. 6, 2020
  • Fabrication & Installation: February-April
  • Dedication: Early April 2020              

To apply, submit:

1. Letter of Interest (no more than 2 pages with contact information, artist biography)

2. Letters of Reference (3 or more past clients for projects of a similar nature)

3. Relevant project examples (up to 10 projects - photographic and written description of work, process, & installation; may be printed or CD/DVD)

Northfield Hospital + Clinics
Attn: Betsy Spethmann
2000 North Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057

[email protected]


The project will be funded by Northfield Hospital + Clinics, which has a budget of $5,000 which must cover all associated costs of the installation, including but not limited to, design, fabrication, lighting, materials, labor, transportation, insurance, and installation of the artwork. If this fits your medium and physical scale (dimensions below), we encourage you to respond.

Selection Criteria & Process

Selection of a minimum of two finalists will be made by a Committee composed of Northfield Hospital + Clinics staff and a community member from Northfield with Arts expertise. The committee will minimally consider:

Qualifications Review

  • Demonstrated ability to develop a concept and successfully install artwork
  • Local or regional artists will be given preference
  • Experience with memorials or similar Public Installations

The finalists will receive a $250 stipend to develop specific proposals for final presentation to the committee for final artist selection.


The project is open to invited artists, age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability.

The selected artist will contract with the Northfield Hospital + Clinics to design, fabricate, and install the artwork. The artwork will be owned by Northfield Hospital + Clinics with the Artist retaining copyright to the work. The Artist must grant Northfield Hospital + Clinics permission to use images of the artwork for educational, promotional, and other purposes related to the functioning of Northfield Hospital + Clinics.


Northfield Hospital + Clinics has selected a location for the Memorial artwork in the lobby of the Surgery Center at Northfield Hospital.

The selected area is along a wall roughly 17.5 feet long with the ceiling at approximately 9 feet high. There is an active hallway on the other side of the wall, such that the general arrangement of the wall is fixed.

The selected area also has floor space of roughly 17.5 feet wide by 3.5 feet deep, along the wall on carpeted floor. The committee will consider ideas that affix the artwork to the wall, or sit on the floor (sculpture). We will also consider ideas for outdoor sculpture that can be viewed through lobby window.


The project is an installation which will need to balance in an integrated whole the qualities of Dr. Nielsen’s work as an expert clinician, mentor, and leader with his personality as an active adventurer.

The Memorial will demonstrate that Northfield Hospital + Clinics continues in the spirit of Dr. Nielsen’s example: Nurturing medical excellence, inspiring colleagues, caring for community.

  • Physician leader + Worldwide adventurer
    (two separate qualities, professional and personal)
  • Where they intersect: Forging new paths in the service of others

Dr. Nielsen was an invaluable leader and colleague with a career of compassionate care for patients. His leadership helped establish NH+C’s Endoscopy practice and the Surgery Center at Northfield Hospital (opened in 2015).

“Chris inspired people through action and ideas. He helped nurture the sense of the possible, what we can do for others and do together.”

“Chris made everyone around him better . . . and you wanted to be around him.”

Key Concepts

  • Exceptional Care
  • Personal Commitment
  • Mentor and leader
  • Humanitarian, committed to serving others
  • Inspiration: What we can achieve together
  • Outdoorsman: sailing, hiking
  • Natural world: Air, wind, sky, horizon, movement


  • Sincerity
  • Respect
  • Inspiration
  • Forward motion: Continuing in the spirit of Dr. Nielsen
  • Adventure


  • A statement piece with enough stature and presence to adequately represent the esteem of colleagues for Dr. Nielsen
  • Have Dr. Nielsen clearly represented (ie name, image, action)
  • Placed prominently in the Surgery Center to enhance the ambiance. This space is for families as well as patients – a welcoming space, sheltered and peaceful
  • Thematic continuity with Surgery Center ambiance (see photos below)
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean

Opportunity Opens

Thursday, Nov 14th 2019

Opportunity Closes

Friday, Dec 20th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

MN Artists