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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

    Captain William E. Jordan's "Blind Vision" exhibit now on display in the Jacqueline R. Hamilton Gallery, UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion A

    In 1957, after losing his sight to Glaucoma at age 62, Captain William E. Jordan developed a method of color drawing that allowed him to produce as many as one thousand vibrantly colored works of art during the remaining years of his life. This representative display of his work serves as a testament to the human desire to create and communicate despite the circumstances of life.

    Now on display in the UK Hospital Auxiliary Gallery, Pavilion A - The "Discovering Mr. Weems" exhibit

    A series of studio portraits by Ellie Lee Weems that capture both time and place while expressing a certain, timeless beauty and elegance.

    Arts in HealthCare says "take an art break."

    In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, social distancing guidelines and stay at home orders may be helping to curb the spread of the virus. Stress, however, is running high for most of us, whether we are at home or at work. Healthcare workers are particularly vulnerable to increased stress during this time of uncertainty and loss. If you have a few minutes to spare, take a break and visit one of the seven art exhibits located in our Arts in HealthCare galleries across Pavilion A, Pavilion H, Good Samaritan and the Kentucky Clinic. Stroll through one of the galleries, focus on your breathing, contemplate what you see or just allow yourself to get lost in the imagery for a few minutes.

  • 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!