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 3,200 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.

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UK HealthCare -- Arts in HealthCare

What's New

Come and see the "Pups of Color" exhibit at Kentucky Children's Hospital ground floor lobby!

A series of paintings featuring UK HealthCare’s Animal Assisted Therapy dogs, "Pups of Color" is a vibrant exhibit by 12-year-old patient Katie B. Carmichael.

Exhibit featuring photography by UK HealthCare's own Jamie Ward now on display in the Chapel Gallery, Pavilion A, UK Chandler Hospital

Jamie's photographs offer a glimpse into the tranquil and stunning island life of the Galapagos. While her photos capture moments within the slow, deliberate pace of these beautiful islands, they offer a cherished view of the natural world that is both fleeting and timeless.

"Abstraction According to Aton" highlights a key element of the artist's visual language and introduces his expansive body of work to the health care setting

Primarily recognized as a percussionist for Sun Ra and his Arkestra, Ayè Aton's relationship with Afro-centrist philosophy, jazz, and community were driving forces in his life and art. This exhibit features a series of his abstract work that is filled with intense purples and reds, cosmic swirls, elongated stars, and human gestures, culminating in a pop-psychedelic mirage. The exhibit is located in the Hamilton Gallery, Pavilion A, UK Chandler Hospital.


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!


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!