Annual art exhibition showcases works by creative colleagues

November 16, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

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Merideth Sauvé has a creative mind. From drawing to taking photographs or painting, art is one way the unit clerk in nursing clerical services challenges herself outside of work.

Her art has largely remained a private diversion, something Merideth rarely shared with the public. Within the past year, however, she worked up the courage to post her art on social media. The online community encouraged her to keep sharing her talents, although until recently she would not have guessed that her first big break as an artist would come through her day job. That’s exactly what happened when UMHS asked for submissions to this year’s Gifts of Art Employee Art Exhibition.

The annual showcase, currently on display in the Gifts of Art Gallery on the first floor of Taubman Center, highlights the work of 72 employee artists and their family members. The 114 submissions range from painting and photography to ceramics, jewelry, glassware and 3-D creations.

Merideth’s first-ever submission to the exhibition — a work entitled Pretty/Awkward — earned honorable mention in the painting category. The winners were chosen by juror Mark Tucker, art director of the U-M Lloyd Hall Scholars Program.

“We have so many impressive people here. To earn recognition in my first exhibition is an incredible feeling,” said Merideth, who was honored along with nearly two dozen other employees at the recent Employee Art Exhibition awards ceremony. “I love creating things,” Merideth said. “But I’m fully self-taught and was a little hesitant to share my voice and perspective with others.”

Merideth says the exhibition has been a thrill, allowing her to become more closely connected with an artistic and creative community at UMHS.

“We get to know our colleagues in a professional setting as they go about their day, but you never know who has a hidden talent or what someone does in his or her free time,” Merideth said. “The art show gives us the chance to see another side of people.”

You still have a chance to see the artwork for yourself by stopping by the exhibition during normal visiting hours through Dec. 11. The exhibit serves as an escape for anyone who walks past, whether they are artistically inclined or not.

“Because of the talent of colleagues like Meredith, our patients, staff and visitors can take a break while they are here to enjoy beautiful artwork,” said Elaine Sims, director of Gifts of Art. “If they’re having a rough day, art can soothe them and take their minds off things for just a little while. It truly has a healing effect.”

Here is a full list of this year’s award winners — and see above for a gallery of their artistic creations:

  • Painting: Homemade Soft Pretzel by Megan Foldenauer, Department of Neurosurgery
    • Honorable mention: Pretty/Awkward by Meredith Sauvé, nurse clerical services
  • Drawing and pastel: Roller Derby Portrait — Murder by Proxy #125 by Megan Foldenauer, Department of Neurosurgery
    • Honorable mention: Big Sur by Steve Burdick, Learning Management Services
  • Collage and mixed media: Early Religious Philosophy by Scott Wettlaufer, Internal Medicine
    • Honorable mention: HOMES 2 by Elizabeth Jewell, Anesthesiology
  • Black and white photography: Serenity by Yao-Jan Liu, Otolaryngology
    • Honorable mention: Holy Name Cathedral by Jeffrey Lott, Pathology
  • Color photography: Together Today — Sisters by Emily J. Heys, Ambulatory Diagnostic and Transplant Unit
    • Honorable mention: Piece of Mind by Stephen Campbell, Neurosurgery
  • Fiber Arts: 857-Patch by Stephanie Minerath, Professional Development and Education
    • Honorable mention: Mackinac Island Shoreline by Debra Omans, 6D Critical Care Medical Unit
  • Jewelry: Exotic Jewelry Sampler by Angela Wilson, Security Services
    • Honorable mention: Architectural Rings by Baron L.J. Robertson, son of Kelly Robertson, Transplant Center
  • Ceramics and glasswork: Flower Bowl by Angela Liang, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Honorable mention: Pop Goes Rhea by Kate Hoerauf, sister of Nancy Kelly, UMHS Revenue Cycle
  • Sculpture and Assemblage: Long Dog by Lisa Singer, 9C Inpatient Adult Psychiatry
    • Honorable mention: Winter by Grace Serra, Support Services
  • Upcycled/repurposed: Midnight Fairy Castle by Lynn Hubrecht, 12 West Mott
    • Honorable mention: Sewing Drawer Dream by Steve Gammicchia, brother-in-law of Lynn Hubbard, 12W Mott
  • Wildcard: Pokemon by Luke Kozak, grandson of Theresa Sirrine, HomeMed Pharmacy
    • Honorable mention: Carolers by Paul Farr, father of Will Farr, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • People’s Choice: Detroit at Dusk by Vanessa Rhoads, Pediatric Nephrology
  • Best in Show: Harmony by Parisa Gharderi, Volunteer Services