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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 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

    Musicians, singers and dancers bring the holiday spirit to UK HealthCare throughout the month of December.

    Performances will be occurring at multiple venues across the UK HealthCare Enterprise. Please see our full schedule here.

    Now on display in the Jacqueline R. Hamilton Gallery, UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion A - Claudia Keep's "A Day in Maine" exhibit.

    A series of paintings the artist refers to as "situational landscapes," reveal daily chores, activities and surroundings through color, line and a thick slathering of oil.

    "Cabbagetown's Picture Man" exhibit now on display in the UK Hospital Auxiliary Gallery, Pavilion A."

    Beginning in the late 1970's and up until his passing in 2015, Oraien Catledge took thousands of photographs. His primary focus was on the residents of Cabbagetown, a small neighborhood built around the Fulton Cotton Mill in Atlanta, Georgia. This exhibit features a selection of his timeless portraits of those residents. The portraits capture the raw beauty of a people, time and place like no other, and yet akin to so many other mining and milling towns and neighborhoods across the south.

  • 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!