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KVH seeking artists for the new KVH Medical Arts Center

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July 23, 2019
Ellensburg, Wash. (July 22, 2019) – Kittitas Valley Healthcare seeks to commission artists or artist teams to design artwork for its new Medical Arts Center (MAC) at 100 E Jackson Ave in Ellensburg. 

For centuries, art has played a powerful role in the healing process.  Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, knew about the healing power of images and proclaimed: “Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the object presented to patients are an actual means of recovery.”  It is our belief that if art can enhance someone’s mood or take their mind off their pain for a short while, it is no longer just a decoration.  It’s part of the entire model of care.

The Board's strategic plan defines KVH as a community-focused health system that provides outstanding, personalized care to improve the lives of individuals and families in Kittitas County. “As one of the county’s largest employers and an excellent, local choice for medical care, we feel that it is important to reflect the values and culture of our community in all that we do,” said KVH Board President Matthew Altman. “We want the environment at KVH to represent the area in which our patients and employees live and work, which is why we are particularly interested in hearing from local artists.”

Artists are asked to present preliminary concept drawings and/or narratives, a proposed budget and their timeline for completion.  Proposals will be accepted through August 30.    KVH is seeking artwork for clinic areas, the buildings atrium and the building exterior.  All mediums are being considered.  Proposals will be reviewed and artists selected in September.  The complete Call for Proposals can be found at

When completed in early 2020, the Center will be home to KVH Family Medicine – Ellensburg, KVH Pediatrics and KVH Women’s Health, joining fellow tenants VM Memorial / North Star, Orthopedics Northwest and Canyon View Physical Therapy, who will continue to occupy space in the three-story building.

The KVH Medical Arts Center is located at 100 E. Jackson Avenue. View a video rendering of the future KVH Family Medicine – Ellensburg clinic at

Michele Wurl
Director, Community Relations
Kittitas Valley Healthcare
Your Home for Health
Michele Wurl, Director, Community Relations