Displaying beautiful works of art in the hallways and rooms of KentuckyOne Health facilities has long been a way of bringing “wellness, healing and hope to all.”
Are you artistic? If the answer is yes, now is your chance to have your work displayed in the Employee Art Exhibition, which is part of the KentuckyOne Health Healing Art Program. We invite you, as part of KentuckyOne’s team, to engage in the healing power of art while you share your favorite pieces.
Employees’ works of art will be exhibited in the Chestnut Café at Jewish Hospital in downtown Louisville for a six-month period beginning Nov. 14, 2014. A variety of two-dimensional artwork is being sought, including oil paintings, watercolors, charcoal, acrylic, drawings, mixed media, digital graphics and photography.
Martha Slaughter, who serves as coordinator of visual arts for KentuckyOne, and as arts coordinator for Bernheim Forest as well, is in charge of the Employee Art Exhibition.
“Research has shown that art enhances the healing qualities in the environment, even shortening lengths of stay,” according to Martha, who is also an art historian. “It’s a wonderful distraction, and oftentimes it’s a way to transcend unhappy circumstances.”
Artwork helps not only patients, but reduces stress for family members, visitors and staff, she said. In addition, “I’m hoping that this project will build a sense of community among employees. With all the changes that have taken place in KentuckyOne—I am hoping to build a statewide sense of community.”
A jury made up of experts and art collectors will select the pieces that will be included in the exhibition, Martha said. They will also decide on the finest piece, which will earn the artist a $1,000 grand prize. Two runner-up pieces will earn two artists $500 each. The money will purchase the works of art so that they can be added to KentuckyOne’s permanent art collection. The three top pieces will be displayed in a prominent place in Jewish Hospital.
Applications for the Employee Art Exhibition will be accepted from Aug. 15 through Sept. 20. You may upload digital images, or mail a CD of images and application materials. Details may be found at InsideKentuckyOneHealth.org/HealingArtExhibition.
It’s a statewide effort, Martha said.
“I know of nurses and doctors and others who do photography and artwork. There’s a lot of creativity out there.”
For more information, contact Martha at 502.715.2665 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit InsideKentuckyOneHealth.org/HealingArtExhibition.