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The new UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital doesn’t look or sound like a traditional hospital thanks to the UK Arts in HealthCare program. Multiple forms of art throughout our hospitals and clinics are made possible through private funds. The program features local, national and international artists.

Dr. Michael Karpf“All great academic medical centers rely on philanthropy to achieve their dreams. The generous gifts of individuals and organizations make it possible to bring together art, science and healing in this world-class facility for the people of Kentucky and beyond.” 

– Michael Karpf, MD 

The UK Arts in HealthCare program established a community-based advisory committee to help define the mission and vision of the program, write policies and select major commissions. The program features:

  • Local, national and international visual artists.
  • Performing artists from our faculty and staff and from the world stage.
  • Therapeutic arts which employ art in the clinical setting to contribute to healing.

As the role of the arts in the health care setting is further substantiated, the program will grow and change to enrich the healing environment at UK HealthCare.

  • What's New

    New Exhibition of Paintings by New York Artist Adam O'Neal

    On display now at the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A East Rotating Gallery is a new exhibit by artist Adam O'neal. The show, entitled "Every Hour in a Day," features a series of paintings born from drafted compositions of minimalist geometric shapes that have been overcome by a growing mass of colorful strokes applied directly from paint tubes.

    The Kentucky Clinic - North Rotating Art Gallery Features a New Exhibit by Mare Vaccaro

    Artist Mare Vaccaro's arresting self-portraits explore evolving notions of feminine beauty. Adorning her own body with elegant props, she creates subtly subversive images that question the power of costume, both as a tool for assimilation and a means for expressing individuality. The North Rotating Gallery is located on the third floor of the Kentucky Clinic.

  • 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!