ArtUp is an innovative approach to integrate the works of Lowell artists on the walls of the new Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) at 161 Jackson Street. This permanent collection is displayed throughout Lowell CHC for public viewing, and celebrates our city’s extraordinary wealth of creative talent.
In January 2015, a new idea was presented to the local art world and general public: artists and donors could collaborate to support the health center and provide a different kind of health care environment celebrating the healing value of art for patients and staff. That month, the health center sent out a prospectus and call for artists resulting in the juried selection of 100 local artists to participate in this experiment. Images of the artwork were published online in an electronic catalog and purchased by donors; ½ of the donation compensated the artist, ½ of the donation benefitted the health center’s fund-raising efforts, and the artwork was placed on walls throughout the health center. A plaque recognizing the donor and the artist, title and medium accompanies each piece. News stories, radio interviews, and pubic curiosity anticipated the opening of the “walls of art” at Lowell CHC.
In September 2016, ArtUp announced the success of its experiment: more than 135 works of art were purchased and donated to the health center. Nearly every artist who submitted work sold one or more pieces to the Center generating over $70,000 in revenue to the artists. We celebrated this unusual collaboration of artists, donors, and the Center at the Art is Up party on September 14th, 2016, with heart-felt acknowledgements and promises for the next iteration.
Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) is expanding its services and outreach to include another 65,000 square feet (next door). Nearly half of Lowell’s entire population receives quality, affordable primary care and behavioral health services or health outreach through Lowell CHC. New services will include vision, dental, and expanded primary care. Fundraising is essential to the fiscal health of the center, as is creating the necessary human experience of feeling safe and cared for in a welcoming and colorful space.
Call for Entries
Artists are invited to view the new 2017 prospectus. Please read it carefully as we've made some changes since the original Call for Entries.
All entires for this round of submissions must be submitted between May 1, 2017 and midnight, May 31, 2017. Starting on May 1, artists may click on Submit Art where they will find the online submission form. Five works of art from each artist may be submitted for consideration. All submitted works will be juried and selections will be made. Please be aware that not all works of art will be selected for inclusion in the ArtUp catalog.
Submission period: May 1 - May 31, 2017
Juried selection and creation of a new online catalog: June 2017
Art available for purchase and donation: July, 2017
We look forward to seeing your submissions. Thank you for your participation.
Here's a look at our original video created for the launch of the first round of ArtUp in 2015.