To support a growing body of research that endorses how art enhances medicine, art in all forms is featured at UK Chandler Hospital and other UK HealthCare locations:
Locations for art were an integral part of the design process for the new pavilion at UK Chandler Hospital. As a result, the art and landscaping feel natural and part of the space.
Working with the Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead, Ky., UK has accumulated both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces from the most important artists in the history of Kentucky folk art. The Don & Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center is the showplace for UK HealthCare’s significant folk art collection. In addition to this location, works are placed throughout Chandler Hospital.
The Souls Grown Deep Foundation’s roots can be traced to the mid-1980s when William Arnett began to collect in earnest the artwork of self-taught African American artists in the southeastern United States. The foundation believes the so-called folk or outsider artists of the black American South were a coherent cultural movement and constituted a crucial chapter in world art. The sweeping changes affecting southern black life in the late 20th century, especially those changes set in motion by the civil rights movement, radically energized the artists of the region and their long-suppressed voices.
Photojournalism instructor Tim Broekema from Western Kentucky University translated an idea to show pictures from across Kentucky into a dynamic and ever-changing multimedia presentation that stops visitors and staff in their tracks. Everyone sees a person, place or object that looks like home and brings a smile.