Employees at the ‘art of it all’ during annual exhibition

September 27, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

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Michigan Medicine community members are showing off their impressive skills and creativity — and their talents are helping to create a more comforting environment for patients and families.

The annual Gifts of Art Employee Art Exhibition is now underway, displaying more than 100 pieces of art created by 79 Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members.

From jewelry to painting, photography to ceramics, the exhibition has something for everyone.

“The talent on display this year is better than ever,” said Kathi Talley, visual arts coordinator for Gifts of Art. “We have 35 first-time artists who submitted work, showing that this exhibition is making an impact across the organization.”

Among this year’s artwork is “Autumn Tree,” a mixed media piece by Catherine Enochs, a nurse in pediatric pulmonary, and “Metamorphosis,” a three-piece embroidery set by Emmalynne Pytlowany of adult otolaryngology.

“There is always such a diverse range of artwork submitted for this exhibit,” said Elaine Sims, director of Gifts of Art. “It allows us to showcase what our employees do outside of work and gives the artists an opportunity to share their talents with the community as a whole.”

Sims said the exhibit is important for patients and visitors, as well: “It gives everyone an outlet to look at some beautiful art and, in turn, alleviate some of their anxiety of being in the hospital.”

The exhibit — now in its 30th year — will be on display on the first floor of the Taubman Health Center from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily through Dec. 10.

Ballots are available in the gallery for visitors to vote on the People’s Choice Award, which will be presented as part of the awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Other awards will be voted on by juror Srimoyee Mitra, director of the Stamps Gallery in the U-M Stamps School of Art and Design.

Click here for more information on the exhibit and check out a photo gallery above for a sneak peek of the artwork on display!