St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Seeking Artist Donations for Cancer Center Project

AACancerCenter_withLandscapingANN ARBOR – St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is seeking artwork from Michigan artists to decorate its soon-to-be renovated cancer center. The hospital’s art committee is opening a call for submission, asking local artists to consider donating a piece of original art to be displayed among a total of 200 to 300 pieces throughout the cancer center.

“Our vision is to include creative, uplifting artwork gifted by our local artists to support patients, friends, family and staff on their healing journey,” said Dave Raymond, regional director of planning and design at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. St. Joe’s Art Enrichment Committee is working with Pictures Plus, an Ann Arbor art and frame shop, to help curate and install the artwork.

St. Joe’s opened a call for submission after several artists inquired about donating art as a way of expressing their support for the cancer program. The hospital will also be purchasing art for the cancer center.

“This new cancer center will serve the surrounding community, and we want to give local artists a unique opportunity to create a healing environment with their art,” said Kathryn Savitskie, art consultant from Pictures Plus, who is overseeing the submission process.
Artwork in the cancer center will focus on the Great Lakes, four seasons and natural environments with soothing, calming features that are harmonious with restorative care. Submission guidelines are as follows:

Donation information should be sent to:
Attention: Kathryn Savitskie
Intent for donation should include the artist’s name, address and contact information. Artists should include any photos and description of the artwork donation, including size, media and any special installation requirements. 
Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018
All donation submissions will be reviewed by the arts committee, and selections will be made based on suitable images, sizes and materials safe for public display.

St. Joe’s hopes to display up to 300 pieces of original artwork in the new cancer center. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor announced plans last August for a new 66,000-square-foot Cancer Center designed to deliver comprehensive cancer care for patients. Construction is now under way, with completion slated for November 2018.

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