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A large sculpture hangs in the hospital's atrium.

Arts in HealthCare

The UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital doesn’t look or sound like a traditional hospital thanks to the UK Arts in HealthCare program. As part of our visual arts programming, multiple forms of art are showcased throughout our hospitals and clinics. Over 2,100 works of art, featuring local, national, regional and international artists, can be found in our lobbies, waiting areas, hallways, outdoor spaces, patient and exam rooms. Our seven rotating galleries feature as many as eleven unique visual art exhibits per year.

Live performances occur across the UK HealthCare enterprise as part of our performing arts programming. Professional and volunteer musicians and performers of all ages are featured weekly in our lobbies and other public spaces with occasional special performances in our 305 seat, state of the art auditorium. Performers showcase a variety of music from across all genres including occasional opera, ballet and theater performances.

"Our mission is to create an environment of care and to focus on the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of our patients, family, caregivers and staff. The program recognizes the arts and the artists as powerful and positive forces in the healing process."

To achieve our mission, we strive to create and maintain a healing environment and culture of care, in accordance with UK HealthCare's mission and vision, by directly and indirectly engaging our patients, family, caregivers, staff, faculty, students and community through our visual arts, performing arts and other programming.

  • What's New

    "Sunrise to Sunset" exhibit by Ellen Siebers now on display in the Jacqueline R. Hamilton Gallery at UK Chandler Hospital

    Made with oil on birchwood panels, these paintings, created in Sieber's studio, were born from long moments of observation and true curiosity. They serve as a meditation on the sublime beauty of the Earth.

    New exhibit in the North Gallery at the Kentucky Clinic features photographs by Carey Gough

    The exhibit is titled "All the words that used to work have melted in the sun." It is a visual archive born of a pandemic and living with a loved one’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis.  The images captured, reveal the beauty, intricacy and abundance of nature found in the small world of a garden while representing a larger contemplation on the cycle of life, the beauty of imperfection, of letting go and embracing change.

    UK Chandler Hospital Auxiliary Gallery features "Essential Work," an exhibit by Margaret Coleman

    During her long days and nights at the hospital, Margaret Coleman created drawings of the nurses, doctors and other caregivers who were fighting to save her child. These richly colored portraits emphasize the individuality and warmth of those individuals while more broadly representing the brave network of health care workers across the globe who offer hope to us all.

  • Awards

    Recognition for Excellence: In 2013, the UK Arts in HealthCare Program was recognized for excellence by the Governor’s Award in the Arts and the Medi-Star Awards. Both awards recognized the patient-centered focus of the program. Learn more about our awards and program.

  • Tell Us What You Think

    UK Arts in HealthCare is always looking for ways to better serve our patients, families and staff. Provide us with feedback, pose questions or make suggestions as to how we can improve the program and what it brings to the health care environment.

    Fill out our comment form and let us know. We would love to hear from you!

  • Volunteer

    There are many ways to volunteer in the UK Arts in HealthCare program.

    Opportunities are available for:

    • Musicians
    • Performing artists
    • Visual artists
    • Curatorial support

    Fill out our volunteer form to help!