Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital
Seeks Submissions From Artists


February 1, 2013


Cottage Health System's Healing Arts Advisory Committee is seeking submissions for a variety of artwork to be approved and considered for future purchase, commission, and installation for the new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. The program builds on the success of the Healing Arts Program at the new Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.


Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital

After four decades of providing quality, highly personalized care to Goleta and surrounding areas, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital is being completely rebuilt. The new hospital will provide enlarged emergency care and surgical capabilities, an expanded Center for Wound Management, and a more efficient, patient-centered design to ensure medical excellence close to home for generations to come. Importantly, the new GVCH features a flexible design to accommodate future growth.



Mosaic by Patty Jacqumain, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

The new hospital will be a two-story facility which will have a total of 152,000 square feet. Improvements will include more than doubling the size of the Emergency Department and also expanding the SurgicalServices Department.


Art Criteria

The committee is seeking artists who reside in the area as far north as San Luis Obispo, as far south as Ventura and as east as Bakersfield, California, who may be interested in providing artwork for the campus. Artwork should follow the guiding principles of healing art and evoke messages of hope and healing for the patients, visitors, and staff that will be using the new facilities now under construction in Goleta.


We are looking for artwork in a wide variety of mediums including sculpture, two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork, original art, oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings, limited edition prints, giclee prints, mixed media art, glass, mosaics, wall sculpture, fabric art, collages, and photography. Existing and commissioned artwork will be considered. Art will be placed in the gardens, patio terraces, corridors, waiting and consultation rooms, patient rooms, and a variety of other public areas. Inventive, yet sensitive, works are encouraged.


The theme for Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital is – Building Well, Being Well. The team of clinical and administrative professionals at Goleta are proud of their unique and distinct culture. Working closely together, they embrace medical innovation, and alternative healing strategies.  The Goleta Valley enjoys the benefits of UCSB, a world-class research university, and the hospital staffs take pride in knowing that they serve as UCSB’s hospital. The area has a rich agricultural heritage with abundant citrus and avocado orchards and also boasts a wealth of open space and breathtaking coastal views. In keeping with the theme noted above, art content and imagery may include, but not be limited to:

  • Wellness, Active Lifestyle, Exercise
  • Innovation
  • The rich agricultural heritage of Goleta
  • Natural seascapes and coastal scenes, including ocean life
  • Natural landscapes

Arts Mission Statement

All art must conform to the goals and objectives and support the < mission statement of Cottage Health System’s Healing Arts Program, which is “to promote an environment that inspires and comforts patients, visitors and staff.”  In general, this means art that communicates a spirit of optimism, hope, and healing.


Goals and Objectives

  • To use the arts to emphasize the core values of the institution: excellence, integrity and compassion.
  • To use evidence-based methodologies to select artwork that facilitates the healing process.
  • To compliment and enhance the interior design, wayfinding and architecture of Cottage Health System facilities.
  • To promote the arts of the region.
  • To use art to celebrate the beauty, history, heritage, and diversity of our communities.


Aesthetics, Inc. of San Diego has been hired as the consultants for the project. The Aesthetics, Inc. project team consists of Project Manager Leah Goodwin, Director of Arts Programs,, and Project Coordinator Pam Nickell,  They can be contacted by e-mail or by phone at (619) 683-7500.


Artist Selection

Criteria used to select artists for commissions will be:

  • Quality, creativity and strength of artwork workmanship as evidenced in images of past work and a professional resume.
  • Ability to support the mission and guiding principles and support the desired population through letter of interest.
  • Technical competence as evidenced by images of past work and a professional resume.

About Cottage Health System

Cottage Health System, formed in 1996, currently functions as the not-for-profit parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital -- and its affiliated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital -- Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital, and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital.  It is guided by a volunteer board of directors from the greater Santa Barbara community and provides the residents of the Central Coast and inland regions with exemplary health care, continuous improvements in medical practice, and cost-effective delivery.


With a combined total of more than 500 beds, 21,000 annual admissions, 63,000 annual ER visits and 2,600 births each year, the Cottage Health System hospitals excel at patient care and patient satisfaction.


Complete details about the call for submissions and the Cottage Healing Arts Program are available for download (PDF document) .