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The UK Arts in HealthCare program was conceived prior to construction of the new pavilion at UK Chandler Hospital; as a result, the art is integrated with the architecture. Proceeds from the groundbreaking gala funded the pavilion's first public space commission – Gingko, a 32-foot sculpture created by Warren Seelig.
Philanthropy has fueled the collection that includes more than 400 original works of art. The art includes all media and idioms and was carefully selected to enhance the healing environment.
The major public pieces were curated with the help of the program’s community-based advisory committee and the works on patient floors were selected with the help of our faculty and staff. These selections were carefully weighed against the guiding principles of the art program developed by consulting best practices of established art in health care programs. With the opening of Pavilion A at Chandler Hospital, the presence of art in the hospital received an overwhelmingly positive response. Consequently, there has been a growing demand for art across the organization.
As clinical space is remodeled, art is selected to enhance the clinical environment for patients and families who will be cared for in the space. In addition, Pavilion H at Chandler Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital have art in their lobbies and waiting areas. These spaces include an employee art gallery that presents the creative talents of our faculty and staff.