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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

    Arts in HealthCare Announces 7th Annual Employee Art Call

    The University of Kentucky Arts in HealthCare program is pleased to announce our 7th annual juried call for art. The employee art call is open to all UK employees and their immediate family members. The purpose of this call is to encourage our employees to think about and experience the healing power of art and understand how art enhances the healing environment. For more information on how to submit, please see our attached form.

    Carlos Gamez de Francisco's "Specimen Lost in a Tropical Island" exhibit now on display in the North Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Kentucky Clinic.

    A stunning series of photographic portraits featuring a creative, young generation of Cubans that are the future of the country. This creativity emerged out of necessity due to isolation and a lack of material goods and resources. The portraits are a powerful visual expression of this generation, as the strikingly beautiful and ornate clothing the models are wearing was created from regular household objects such as plastic bags, towels, curtains, tablecloths, clothespins, steel wool and more...

    "In Relative Obscurity," an exhibit of large scale paintings by Carol John, is currently featured in the Jacqueline R. Hamilton (East) Gallery at the UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion A

    The paintings immerse you in a world of colorful patterns, shapes and forms that twist, turn and repeat, engaging the viewer in a visual push and pull.

  • 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!