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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 1,800 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 six rotating galleries feature as many as ten 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

    "Transanimation" bioart exhibit now on display in the North Gallery at the Kentucky Clinic

    Since 2015, biology professor Ashley Seifert's Bioart course students have been exploring the intersections of molecular biology and art.  The varied, explorative and unique works in this exhibit were created by students and faculty from the 2018 Bioart class.  This year's course was co-taught with adjunct instructor Joe Davis, visiting from Harvard University and MIT.

    New exhibit, "A Music So Subtle and Vast" by Carey Gough, on display in the Pavilion A UK Hospital Auxiliary Gallery

    A visual history of folk music and Kentucky that is told through photographs of places significant in the lives of the musicians.  Gough has captured a part of the mythical Kentucky that only now lives in song lyrics, as the homes, churches and stages of the past have fallen to decay or disappeared altogether.

    "Open Window" exhibit celebrates the late Ann Tower

    Ann Tower was a significant figure in the Lexington arts community.  The UKHC Arts in HealthCare program is proud to display her work in our Pavlion A East Gallery.  The paintings of objects and places in this exhibit project a sense of place, light and color while revealing beauty in the ordinary and providing an impetus to be still, observe and contemplate.

  • 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
    • Art therapists
    • Visual artists
    • Curatorial support

    Fill out our volunteer form to help!