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Local artwork sought for new Perham hospital

The PMHH is seeking a sculpture of this fashion to be displayed in the healing garden of the new facility.

Attention local artists: The new Perham Memorial Hospital needs you.

The hospital is calling for local artists to submit photographs, paintings, prints, giclee, textile art, multimedia and wall sculptures to be displayed in the new hospital.

The new hospital will utilize about 300 pieces of artwork, Bonnie Johnson, director of patient services at PMHH, said.

The artwork will tie in with the overall design of the hospital. It will also have a meaningful role in patient experience at the new hospital, according to Sue Von Ruden, community relations director at PMHH.

"There's purpose behind everything that's being put together," she said.

The old hospital building was not designed with similar purpose in how it can participate in the healing process, she added.

Johnson said that the art displays and interior design plans all fit into PMHH's overall philosophy of patient treatment.

"This all ties back to our desire to make this a non-stressful environment for everyone involved," she said.

"For people who come to the hospital in pain," Von Ruden said, "if they're able to be distracted even for 45 seconds by a specific design or piece or art, it can help reduce their level of stress."

Many hospitals around the area were visited in preparation for planning the design of the new facility, Johnson said.

"Our knowledge base going forward is much richer than it was before," she said.

"It's been very much a learning experience in coming to realize how important color, placement and other aspects of design are to the overall hospital experience," Von Ruden added.

PMHH is being assisted in the search for artwork by Visual Arts, an art consulting firm specializing in health care based in the Twin Cities.

Local talent

According to Johnson, it's important that the new hospital be able to showcase local talent to give the community some ownership of the facility.

"This is the public's hospital," she said, referring to the capital campaign that raised funds for the construction of the new facility.

"There's some artistic uniqueness in our area," Johnson said. "There are many accomplished artists in many mediums."

According to the call for artists, "PMHH has a preference to display work from artists who live in Perham and the lakes region area. Art will be selected to unify with the design concept established for the new facility; exploration in color and themes related to nature and the lakes are region."

To submit artwork for consideration, send a photo of the piece along with a description (including the medium used), size, weight and price along with the artist's name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Submit all materials to, or mail materials to Char Hovi, Visual Arts, 275 Market St., Suite 197, Minneapolis, MN 55405.

The deadline for submission is March 15. Selected artists will be notified by June 1.

Healing garden sculpture

In addition, PMHH is also seeking a sculpture to be displayed in the healing garden of the new facility.

The sculpture should be "approximately 15 x 10 feet and constructed of metal, three-dimensional, and will artfully depict flowers, plants, grasses and animals native to the area," according to the call for artists.

The base of the sculpture will be engraved with the names of donors who contributed to the capital campaign of the new hospital.

To be considered for design of the sculpture, candidates should send a letter of interest about a possible approach to the project, a professional resume, references, digital images of past work, contact information and a budget to Von Ruden at The information can also be mailed to: Sue Von Ruden, Perham Memorial Hospital, 665 3rd St. SW, Perham, MN 56573.

Materials will then be judged by a committee. The commissioned artist will be notified by April 15.

To view the call for artists in its entirety, or for more information, go to