San Francisco General Hospital Foundation is now accepting design submissions from Bay Area artists for the annual ‘Hearts in San Francisco’ art series. The selected artists will execute their designs on fiberglass heart sculptures which will be displayed at the Heroes & Hearts and Hearts After Dark fundraisers taking place on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The “heartworks” are sold or auctioned with proceeds benefiting the Foundation’s efforts to support innovative programs and initiatives at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center that would otherwise go unfunded.

“I have a deep respect for The General and the work it does for the residents of the City.  By participating in the ‘Hearts in San Francisco’ series, I was able to personally do something to help the lives of others,” shares artist Charles Gadeken, who created a heart titled El Corazόn – Heart on Fire in 2004 when the project first originated, and again ten years later in 2014 with A Nurtured Nest.

Over the past 10 years, artists have created over 200 hearts that have gone on display across the city of San Francisco and beyond, showcasing varying artistry, including acrylic paints, mosaic art, mixed media sculptures, Swarovski crystals and more. The ‘Hearts in San Francisco’ artworks, combined with the Heroes & Hearts and Hearts After Dark events, have raised more than $11.5 million to support the Foundation’s mission.

“When I came across the opportunity to submit work for the ‘Hearts in San Francisco’ project, I felt that it would be a wonderful way to support my local community,” says Trinh Mai, who created a heart for the 2013 series titled, “Looking Into the Future and Remembering the Past. “I was thrilled to be able to contribute to the Foundation and support such a worthy cause through my artwork. It was special to share this experience with fellow artists, as we are reminded that art not only makes great changes in the hearts of the artists, but that art also benefits the people of our community in aspects both tangible and intangible.”

The heart sculptures are available in three different sizes (Large 5′ tall x 5’9″ wide x 3’3″ deep;  Table Top 14″ tall x 17″ wide x 8″ deep; and Mini 6″ tall x 7″ wide x 2″ deep) and artists have the option to propose designs for any or all of the sizes.  View a gallery of past Hearts in San Francisco images.

Artists interested in applying must complete an application and submit with a full-color design rendering by Friday, August 1, 2014.  Click here for more information or to apply.