The UK Arts in HealthCare program was conceived prior to construction of the new pavilion at UK Chandler Hospital; as a result, the art is integrated with the architecture. Proceeds from the groundbreaking gala funded the pavilion's first public space commission – Gingko, a 32-foot sculpture created by Warren Seelig.
Philanthropy and University of Kentucky HealthCare's commitment to the healing power of the arts has fueled the development of a collection that now includes more than 2,100 original works of art. Virtually every medium and style is represented while being carefully selected to enhance the healing environment.
Art by consensus: Major commissions and public works are curated in partnership with advisory committees and the works on patient floors and other clinical spaces are selected with the help of our faculty and staff. Selections are carefully weighed against guiding principles developed by consulting best practices from the field of arts in health. With the opening of Pavilion A at UK Chandler Hospital in 2011, the presence of art in the hospital received an overwhelmingly positive response. In the years since the completion of Pavilion A, our program has worked tirelessly to expand our visual art collection and programming to nearly every facility across the UK HealthCare enterprise. We continue to experience an ever-growing demand for art from clinical locations across the enterprise that have not yet been impacted by our efforts.
To date, our permanent collection and visual arts programming is present at the following locations:
UK Chandler Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, UK Markey Cancer Center, Kentucky Clinic, Kentucky Clinic South, UK HealthCare at Turfland, Integrative Medicine and Health Clinic, UK Polk-Dalton Clinic and many more clinical outpatient facilities across the UK HealthCare enterprise.
Artists interested in proposing their work for inclusion in our permanent collection may contact Jason Akhtarekhavari at (859) 323-9896 or email@example.com.
For more information on the art, pick up brochures at our information desks or in the literature rack located in the Barnstable Brown Atrium Lobby. You may also view our publications by clicking on the links below.
Arts in HealthCare brochure (PDF, 1.8 MB) Arts in HealthCare International Award Submissions (PDF, 2.4 MB) Emergency Department Art (PDF, 437 KB) Self-Guided Art Tour (PDF, 1.6 MB)