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About This Call

The City of Boston, in collaboration with the HLTH Conference, is looking for 4 to 10 artists to create designs for a short-term exterior artwork exhibit on the front of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) during the HLTH Conference, October 17-20, 2021. The installation is intended to reflect the contributions, experiences, and losses of the Boston and Massachusetts healthcare community during COVID-19, as well as look ahead on the theme Dear Future, we’re coming for you--the theme of the HLTH 2021 event.


  • This is a Call to Artists for digital designs for 2-dimensional short-term public artworks at the BCEC.
  • The budget is $1,500/artist (Fabrication and installation are provided)
  • The Call opens on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
  • The Call closes on Monday, August 16, 2021, at 5 pm EDT.
  • This Call to Artists is open to young people, up and coming as well as professional artists. The artist should work in two-dimensional media such as photography, printmaking, painting, illustration, or graphic design.


HLTH 2021 is the largest and most important conference for health innovation. HLTH 2021 is the preeminent event designed for the health industry, bringing together senior leaders to solve healthcare’s most pressing problems and the most promising opportunities to create health’s future.

HLTH features four days of inspiring content, curated networking, educational sessions, and dynamic events for payers, providers, employers, investors, startups, life sciences, policymakers and innovation centers.

HLTH will be held at the BCEC October 17-20, 2021.  Boston is one of the nation’s major hubs for healthcare, technology and the life sciences and host to a thriving health innovation economy. Offering proximity to a large number of digital health, pharmaceutical, biotech and high-tech companies, notable health systems and universities, Boston is the ideal setting for HLTH.

Project Context

The mission of this project is to create a temporary art exhibit on the front of the BCEC, using the unique triangular display areas. The intended audience includes area residents, those attending HLTH and the healthcare and life sciences community in the region. Once the event is completed, the installation will be donated to the City of Boston to be displayed at a later time and location. The exhibit is intended to:

  • Help visitors reflect on their personal experiences during the pandemic, as well as the community’s experience given the prominent role of healthcare and the life sciences in the local economy as well as on the national stage
  • Provide a tribute to frontline healthcare workers and others in healthcare who displayed courage, commitment and ingenuity during the pandemic
  • Serve as a memorial for ALL lives lost as a result of COVID-19 by offering a safe space for contemplation and personal tribute
  • Look to the future with hope for what can be accomplished for when communities, cities, states and nations work together

The creativity and vision of this project should speak to the healthcare industry as well as local residents. All submissions will be in a digital format, to then be reproduced and installed at the BCEC.

Further Reflection

The year 2020 impacted the globe and singularly changed everyone’s lives. For the first time in recorded human history, the entire global population was united through a shared struggle that yielded massive loss and isolation. Neighbors and strangers now shared the commonality of a virus that stopped us all in our tracks. The pandemic reminded us that our similarities far outweigh our differences.

United in our effort to eliminate COVID-19 and prevent it in the future, we are declaring our refusal to let another pandemic take us by surprise, and further, our intent to prevent future pandemics altogether. Our unwritten vow of solidarity in the face of this pandemic is a letter written to our future selves.

Dear Future, we’re coming for you is the theme we invite artists to explore and reflect on, even in the face of great loss. How has COVID-19 affected you, your community, your life and the life of those around you? How do you see the future moving forward? How do you view healthcare providers in light of the pandemic? How did COVID-19 make us stronger, more defiant? How did it weaken us? How is it emboldening us to change?

Project Site

The project site is the front of the BCEC, at 415 Summer St, using these unique triangular truss structures. The diagram linked below shows the space for artwork in red. All artwork will be submitted in a digital format using a template and will be produced and installed by the HLTH team. Sizes vary in range (depending on the location) from approximately 19’x29’x35’ to 30’x38’x29’ (exact sizes will be supplied in advance to selected artists).

Click here to see a diagram of the project site

Timeline and Process

With this project taking place in October, the City of Boston and HLTH anticipate the following timeline:

  • Wednesday, July 14th - Call available by noon EST
  • Monday, August 16,  2021, 5pm EDT - Deadline to respond to the call
  • HLTH selects artists - August 23, 2021 by 5pm EDT
  • Selected artists provide final designs - September 20, 2021
  • Fabrication and installation -installation complete by end of day, October 16, 2021
  • HLTH Conference and public presentation of artwork - October 17-20, 2021.


Each artist selected will be awarded a stipend of $1,500 per design. This includes all of the artist’s costs associated with the proposal, design, and the creation of high-resolution digital files that will be used to create the final artwork.

The HLTH team will manage the fabrication, oversight, and installation of the artwork, which will be completed by a professional fabrication company.

Who Should Apply | Eligibility

This Call to Artists is open to young people, up and coming as well as professional artists with a preference for artists living and working in Boston. The artist should work in two-dimensional media such as photography, printmaking, painting, illustration, or graphic design.

Selection Criteria

Artists will be selected by the HLTH team in consultation with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, in accordance with the City of Boston’s Curatorial Vision, project design goals, and cultural context, alignment with the theme, and the strength of their work samples.

Intellectual Property and Guarantee

Contracted artists will enter into an agreement with HLTH for HLTH to use photographs of installed artwork for promotional purposes.  Artist retains all other proprietary rights, including property ownership, intellectual property rights and Copyrights, in and to all Preliminary Works and Working Files.

Applicants guarantee that they are the sole author of the Artwork proposed, and the sole owner of any and all copyrights pertaining to the artwork or have obtained the appropriate permissions and licenses to incorporate the works of others.

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