Employees once again give the gift of art

September 24, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

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Year round, Michigan Medicine is home to innovative and eye-catching art exhibitions and galleries, ranging from photographs to sculptures and ceramics.

But for a few months each fall, one of the Gifts of Art galleries displays work by those who make the organization a world-class destination in the first-place: Michigan Medicine team members.

The 2018 Gifts of Art Employee Art Exhibition is now underway, showcasing more than 100 pieces of art created by faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members. The exhibition is in its 31st year.

“Each year, this exhibition seems to grow in terms of talent,” said Kathi Talley, visual arts coordinator for Gifts of Art. Talley helped install the exhibit, which is located on the first floor of the Taubman Health Center.

She said the artwork serves as an important way to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety that may accompany a trip to the academic medical center.

“This exhibition — and the other Gifts of Art displays located across the medical campus — create a warm and welcoming environment for our patients, families and colleagues,” Talley said. “It’s one small way to improve the patient experience while giving our employees an outlet for their creativity and artistic talents.”

Among this year’s entries is Green Sea Turtle painted by Jeffrey Pollack of security services, Great Lakes Stone Cairn Necklace created by research area specialist Caroline Carter, and The Two Suns, a photograph by computational biologist Karthik Padmanabhan.

You can check out the full exhibit for yourself from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Dec. 7. Visitors can also vote on a People’s Choice Award that will be presented — along with other awards — at a reception on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the gallery.

The reception will be hosted by Shon Dwyer, B.S.N., R.N., M.B.A., executive director of University Hospital and the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. This year’s juror will be Elizabeth Barrett Sullivan, curator of exhibits at the Arab American National Museum.

For more information on the employee art exhibition, including a look back at last year’s award winners, click here.

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