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Art Design Project Process

Health Care Art Design Project Planning – 1

Integration of the architect’s & interior team’s design with users

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design project planning meeting

LSA will start the art design project process by listening to the focus and direction for a project. Respect for the established design concerns and concepts are a template for the Art Program. The synergy of art, architecture and interior design – as if they were one voice – is essential to the consistent environment and a lasting positive impression on those who experience the space.


art design board

Throughout the life of the design project, the sharing of documentation, discovery and observation with the architect and interior designer blends a seamless design from building to art. LSA will interface in the planning activities designated by the architect throughout the construction and with the interior design team during the occupation stages of the project. Architectural and interior drawings will be thoroughly reviewed for any requirements effecting the installation and placement of the artwork. All artist submittals will be reviewed with the architect for completeness and code compliance.

Art Design Project phases

In the initial discovery, LSA coordinates with the facility administrators, architects and interior designers to establish a design harmony within the institution. This discovery process is essential in developing a method, a theme and a direction to holistically integrate all concerns into the program.


exterior art design

In the Art Design Assessment Phase, LSA will accomplish integration by a series of interviews with existing design teams and user groups. Discovery sessions are conducted to fact-find, for the purpose of documentation and development. Each clinical department has its own sensitive nature to visual forms. What is placed in a lobby greeter area will differ significantly from a treatment room, pediatric corridor, dialysis, or oncology. Like a medical professional, during discovery sessions LSA evaluates each area by interviewing department representatives, nurses, directors, doctors and administration. Discussions on demographics for each department, culture, usage, flow pattern of movement, emotional state of the patient and family members and the length of stay, are examples of topics covered in discovery sessions.

During the Design Concept & Presentation of Findings Phase, LSA will make recommendations for implementation of the art needs. Then, present conceptual designs and discuss the preliminary locations of with architect, interior designers, and client to determine preferences for the final plan.

Discussions of the concepts, pricing and proposals and their impact on the user group(s) are thoroughly considered. LSA also suggests that the hospital build an “art committee” consisting of leaders in the community, hospital staff and board members.

The Implementation Phase is the drafting and the finalization of all proposals and contracts. LSA will mediate between the artist and facility’s legal counsel. LSA will meet with the facility owner’s representative and construction manager to coordinate installation schedules.

In the final Completion Phase, LSA oversees the installation of all artworks. Also, LSA will conduct a walk-through with the interior designer and client representative to establish a punch list as needed. Documentation and reports will be distributed to the facility in an inventory booklet.

Encouraging local art & community involvement


call for local artists

Once the vision and direction for the Art Design Program is established the art consultant will move forward suggesting local area artists who will be appropriate. A “Call for Art” is placed, and artists are asked to respond through email registration to LSA. Special focus will be given to create a rapport with local art galleries, universities, art museums, and art groups to find local art. A healing environment includes the community — that’s why LSA seeks art from local artists. LSA bring local artists and healthcare in harmony to aid in the healing of mind, body and spirit. The direction is to create an art program which highlights the local history and/or culture, creating a rapport and support of the region. Creation of an on site, revolving gallery that features local artists as well as the art of faculty, employees and physicians provides continual support and interest for this program.

How LSA selects art


Brodsky Print Project

Selection of the artwork will be in two phases. Lin Swensson will conduct the first cut based on the criteria identified in the design discovery phase interviews and design team meetings. The art committee, whom the hospital will select, will conduct the second cut.

When art is selected, the art will be purchased directly by the facility. LSA will not take a commission off the purchase of the art. LSA has a standard contract for artists and buyers which can be amended as needed.

Purchasing process proceeds as follows: art is selected by the “art committee.” LSA will provide a proposal and an invoice from the artist or supplier to the facility. Commissioned work, since it is site specific, will require a down payment to be made at the start of the art design project, a payment at midpoint and final payment at installation. The commission contract will be a separate contract form and presented to the facility for approval. The contract will be all inclusive: payment schedule, completion date, artwork, installation and transportation of work. The facility owner is responsible for the payment to the artists in a timely fashion as agreed in each contract. LSA will keep an accurate inventory of purchase for the facility accounting department.

When the purchase of existing artwork is proposed, which has already been produced, no contact is necessary and payment is made by invoice.

Fundraising & donor recognition


With this mural cost of $35,000, a $100,000 donation was gifted to MetroHealth for the work. A plaque was placed on the wall dedicating the art in memory of a family member of the donor.

Under the guidance of the hospital foundation and the board, LSA will collaborate with all designated individuals to create opportunities for giving and recognition. Donor recognition needs to not only recognize the efforts of donors but inspire stewardship, respect and tribute with images. Art selections can serve as a symbol of donor appreciation. Per example: approved art selections are compiled in a catalog of which a donor can select a piece they would like to contribute to, or be recognized by. A plaque will be placed in honor of the donor by the item.

Incorporating way-finding aesthetically with art


Western Maryland Health System


Women’s center at Baptist Hospital (now St. Thomas)

LSA incorporates art to help patients and caregivers find desired destinations in a complex facility. Using art installations in key areas, helps to drive navigation from point of contact when entering the hospital, to each desired destination. Wayfinding maps can use prominent works of art as a landmark to provide additional help in locating clinical areas. LSA provides services from art design consultation through signage production as needed per project.

LSA’s CAD capabilities


computer-aided art design

LSA can provide design project development through AutoCAD (all versions) and REVIT Architecture 2013/2014. LSA has full integration with DWG, DWF, and RVT file formats. Project output may be either digital or print. Utilizing AutoDesk Design Review, a free download, and data transmission in the read only DWF file format, allow client interaction and project editing without the ability to modify the original architectural model. LSA has the ability to integrate DWG and RVT files for complete integration of AutoCad and REVIT Architecture 2013/2014. LSA can support project files in DWF, DWG, JPEG, PNG, RVT, and TIF. LSA has the capacity to work with SketchUp.

Assistance in the development of public artwork

Lin Swensson has direct experience with interfacing with public art searches and coordination with city and county requirements. She developed a lending partnership program between Capital Health Hospital System and the J Seward Johnson Sculpture Foundation’s “Grounds For Sculpture” in Trenton NJ. On the campus of Capital Health Hopewell, NJ, she developed with the landscape architect, four sites, three exterior and one interior, for public sculpture from The Sculpture Foundation, Inc. The program requirements involve, site visit and approval from The Sculpture Foundation administration, approved engineered drawings for footings and bases, which met city and code requirements including base requirements for The Sculpture Foundation. She met with representatives from the community and hospital to insure that each piece was acceptable for the visual beatification of the hospital campus and the community. She also negotiated that the yearly rental fee be waved for the sculpture loan. The commitment to the community from Capital Health was that they would provide the campus as an open nature-walking trail for the community and visitors. Sculptures are traded out yearly. The only expense for the program from Capital Health was the delivery and installation of the sculpture.

History of The Sculpture Foundation Program


exterior art placement

In 1984, J. Seward Johnson, sculptor and philanthropist, envisioned a public sculpture garden and museum in Hamilton, NJ. His desire was to make contemporary sculpture as an art form more accessible and to offer people from all backgrounds the opportunity to become comfortable with contemporary art. “Grounds For Sculpture” was conceived as a place where audiences could experience sculpture in a familiar, accessible, and informal setting. The curatorial focus of “Grounds For Sculpture” is to present the work of both established and emerging sculptors. Emerging sculptors are defined as artists at the beginning of their careers as well as artists whose work has contributed to the field of contemporary sculpture significantly without accompanying recognition. The outdoor exhibition grows by approximately 15 sculptures annually. New additions outdoors are selected to augment indoor exhibitions, to add new artists to the sculpture park, and to work in conjunction with the landscaped environment.

Most of the sculptures on exhibit outdoors are displayed courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc., a charitable foundation that collects works of art by American and international artists. The Foundation supports Grounds For Sculpture by lending works for exhibit in the park. Sculptures in a variety of styles and media, including bronze, steel, stone, wood, concrete and mixed media are represented.


Health Care Art Design Project Deployment – 2




discovery art design project meeting


SERVICES INCLUDE: Fact finding; observation and documentation of existing conditions; conduct and document interviews with hospital representatives; coordinate with client’s project design teams to establish a unified vision and set goals; identify successful areas and trouble spots of existing and future sites. Inventory of existing artwork; reframing.




art design project presentation

Preliminary Art Design Concept

Art Design Project Development & Pricing

SERVICES INCLUDE: Recommendation for implementation; develop art and donor recognition teams; presentation of conceptual designs to the art board; creation of preliminary location plans; refinement of designs; showcase artist’s works and concepts; pricing, proposals and commission contracts for review.




Brodsky Prints

Procurement Documents Complete

Implementation (Fabrication Begins)

SERVICES INCLUDE: Finalization and closing of all proposals and contracts; organization and project management of framing and installation schedules including existing collection. Coordination with facility planners and artists on any special needs for commissioned works.



Installation Complete Implementation (Delivery)

SERVICES INCLUDE: Site visit for install and punch-list on completed installation; documentation provided in booklet form to facility on specifications on each artwork to include artist, title, size, material, location and value.


Health Care Art Design Project Compensation – 3


Client shall compensate Lin Swensson & Associates (LSA) as follows:

  • Services performed on Client’s site or when required to travel outside of Tennessee for Client – an 8/hr minimum per diem rate including travel days and travel expenses*.
  • Hourly rate for all other work performed for Client, and for services performed which exceeds the minimum day rate.


Lin Swensson & Associates will not, nor has ever charged commissions on art, framing or installation.


*In addition to its Consultant Fee, LSA shall be reimbursed for its out of pocket expenses for airfare, hotel charges, car rental or cab fare, parking, and meals.


LSA will provide details of the design work performed and mail its invoices each month. All invoices are due upon receipt.


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