Exhibition season: Faculty, staff put artwork on display at Michigan Medicine

September 19, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

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Every year, Michigan Medicine employees show off that they aren’t just talented in the clinic, lab, office or classroom — they shine in creative ways away from work as well.

Much of that talent is currently on display at Michigan Medicine as part of the 32nd annual Gifts of Art Employee Art Exhibition.

The exhibit, which can be found on the first floor of Taubman Center, features 84 pieces of art created by 57 faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members.

“Our employees are amazing — from jewelry to photography to 3-D pieces, you would never know that most of this work was made by those who simply create art as a hobby in their free time,” said Kathi Talley, visual arts coordinator for Gifts of Art. Talley helped install the exhibit last week.

The talent level of the artists allows the exhibition to fit in seamlessly with the dozens of others that Gifts of Art brings to the academic medical center throughout the year. Those exhibits are made up of pieces created by professional artists.

“Everyone at Michigan Medicine is committed to creating a healthy, inviting atmosphere for our patients, families and colleagues,” Talley said. “And art is a key component of that commitment. You can come down here and escape for a few minutes, taking in art that is certain to evoke emotions, reduce stress and spark joy.”

Among this year’s entries is Keeping Up Appearances, a painting by Lona Mody, M.D., professor of internal medicine; Nefertali Collar, made of beads and embroidery by Sandy Collins of CVC 2A; and Rita the Rhino, a piece made of yarn by CT Technologist Andi Evans.

All of the artists strive to have their pieces named Best in Show — or capture a number of other awards — which will be presented at a reception to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the gallery. The Master of Ceremonies at the reception will be Hilary King, M.S., R.N., associate director of operations at Michigan Medicine. The juror will be Jim Leija, deputy director for public experience and learning at the U-M Museum of Art.

Among the awards given out will also be a People’s Choice Awards, which will be voted on by visitors to the gallery. So be sure to stop by the exhibit, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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

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