Request for Proposals

 Silicon Valley Creates (SV Creates) and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is seeking proposals for a new project based, Artist-in-Residence program at Santa Clara’s Valley Medical Center’s (VMC) Women & Children’s hospital wing. This newly renovated facility dedicated to pediatric, newborn and women's health is seeking a resident artist to develop a project that takes inspiration from the stories of patients, staff and visitors at the new Women & Children's Center at VMC, our county's 'safety net' hospital.

The project will be completed when the final artwork is installed in the hospital, allowing for continued public access.

Silicon Valley Creates

SV Creates is a network of conveners, promoters, incubators, and investors who care about the creative ecosystem, and the cultural and aesthetic quality of life in Silicon Valley. With a mission to accelerate Silicon Valley’s creative culture, SV Creates helps to build the creative sector’s capacity, raise the value and visibility of the creative sector, and increase access to arts and creativity. SV Creates believes that arts and creativity connect us to our heritage, to humanity, and to each other, fuel innovation and 21st century skills, help shape our identity and deepen attachment to place, foster cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, and bring beauty, joy, and learning to our lives.

Artist-in-Residence Proposal Considerations

In 2014, SVC was invited to lead a collaborative team to infuse the Women & Children’s Center at VMC with creative spaces and programs that inspire joy and learning, resonate with the community, and reflect Silicon Valley culture.

As part of that initiative we seek to identify a textile artist to be in residency at the Women & Children’s Center at VMC in 2018. The artwork is expected to be installed in the fall of 2018 and remain situated within the hospital allowing for continued public access beyond the residency.

During the spring of 2018 the selected artist will begin the residency and will work in collaboration with SV Creates and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. SV Creates will coordinate access to the Women & Children’s Center patients, staff and visitors to begin the creative process.

The artist engagement may include small group discussions, one-on-one conversations, submissions of personal contributions, and more. The majority of the creative process may take place on-site at the hospital, while any fabrication can take place offsite or in the artist’s studio. The resulting project, to be reviewed and approved by SV Creates and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, should be an extraordinary artwork or installation, which may have a participatory element, and will be situated in the hospital, allowing for ongoing public access. The final artworks will be installed and unveiled by the partner organization at the Women & Children’s Center in 2018.

Project Budget: Total Project budget to include artist’s fee: $9,000

Site Considerations: Sites under consideration for the installation of the completed artwork include, but may not be limited to: family rooms, community seating/waiting areas, and hallway seating “nooks”.  Consideration of the hospital setting, family usage, gathering space and safety is important while ensuring a vision that inspires curiosity and engagement.

Intended Audiences: This Artist-in-Residence will serve the VMC community, including in- and out-patients, their families and visitors, and hospital staff, through the creative process, the development of a transformational work of art and into the future with the remaining artwork, to be on view in the Women & Children’s Wing of VMC.

Selection Criteria: This RFP is open to artists who are living/working in the Bay Area.

The successful proposal will detail the artist’s vision for residency within the Women & Children’s Center of VMC, the clear ideas for engagement of the hospitals’ population, and the concept for the resulting artwork.

The selected artist should have a proven track record in working in community, site-specifically, and collaboratively.

A panel that includes representatives of SV Creates, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, and the VMC leadership will review all proposals.

 Required Documents

  • Letter of Intent: This letter will describe your artistic vision and how it will engage the particular site and community served. (One page maximum.)
  • Project Proposal: Will include project details which will include core concept as well as production timeline; community engagement outline; final work concept, scale and materials, fabrication, and installation as necessary; and budget breakdown. (Two page maximum.)
  • Work Samples: (Please provide a minimum of 2 work samples) Cite relevant and/or recent experience. Please include a work sample checklist with Title, Dimensions, Materials, and Year; all samples must be sufficiently labeled.
  • C.V
  •  Letters of Recommendation: Provide a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation supporting your work and ability to execute on this project.


RFP Announcement: January 10, 2018

Submission Deadline: February 25, 2018

Announcement of Selected Artist: March 15, 2018

Project Development: April - October 2018

Fabrication and Installation: October - November 2018

To Apply: Please email all application materials to with the subject line “VMC”. Letters of Recommendation may be emailed directly to this address also. Alternatively, they can be mailed to: 


520 S. First St.

San Jose, CA 95113

Attn: VMC

Artist & Exhibition SJMQT Submission Guidelines

The Museum accepts proposals from individual artists working in the fiber arts, independent curators, professionally organized exhibitions, textile collectors and other institutions.

SJMQT currently installs exhibitions of historic, contemporary and art quilts, contemporary fiber art and world textiles from all cultures. For more information about the types of work and exhibitions we have organized in the past, please visit our Press page.

California artists should also consider applying to our FiberSpace program, intended to highlight northern California fiber artists. Please visit our FiberSpace page.

SJMQT programs three galleries with approximately 310 running feet of exhibition space (122’, 105’ and 86’.) Proposals may be for one, two or three of the galleries. In addition, we install smaller exhibits in our hallway with approximately 45’ running feet.

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be reviewed.

Each proposal must include the following:

1. Brief Artist Statement or Exhibition Proposal. Please clearly state why the SJMQT is an appropriate venue for your proposal and who is the intended audience. Not to exceed one page

2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume

3. Digital documentation: CD or DVD with 10-15 digital images at least 300 dpi (JPEGs only) Please clearly label each image with artist last name, title, and date. (example: Smith, title, 2016 or SmithTitle2016.jpg)

4. A list of images with title, date, dimensions, materials, and technique for each work

5. If sending a CD, please also include all requested documents (items 1, 2, and 4 above) on the CD as Word or PDF files.

6. Support materials may include press coverage and materials from previous exhibitions

7. If your proposal is not immediately accepted, we like to keep submissions in our exhibit files for future reference. However, if you prefer to have your materials returned, include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage.

Please mail your materials to:

Exhibition Committee
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 S. First Street
San Jose CA 95113

Submissions are NOT accepted by email or through the Museum’s Facebook page.

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed quarterly by the Curator and the Exhibitions Committee. Due to the high volume of proposals received by the Museum, it may take up to six months before your application is reviewed.

Our exhibition schedule is planned at least two years in advance and proposals should be submitted one to two years before the proposed exhibition. However, those with shorter lead times will be considered and in some cases desired.

Thank you for your interest.