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“How Art Can Enhance the Healing Process”

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Carly Wickell

on 19 November 2013

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“How Art Can Enhance the Healing Process”
Mark Shaw, Director of Health Promotion

Hall Health at University of Washington
Same on the outside - but new, with art, on the inside!
Building the Exhibition
The Art Committee developed a plan to seek submissions from Faculty and UW students.

A contest for the students offered 3 $100 prizes to the top rated works.

45 submissions came in from 23 students
19 submissions from 10 staff and faculty
'Canyon' by Roman Camarda
Learned of existing art displays at:

Harborview from UW students participating in the Certificate in Photography program

Meany Hall from 3 UW professors

Building the Exhibition
Arranged for their continued display by adding to our exhibit,

Began special ‘gallery’ for group display and themes in conference rooms
Building the Exhibition
Photograph by Alonzo King
Decisions made about where the art would go in the building (led by 2 “pros” from the Art Committee).

Some thought given in some areas of building about type of art to suit the setting…
Building the Exhibition
'Mountain Sunset' By Christopher Dubé
Take a step inside
“Something soothing”
Lab Rooms
"Cherry Trees at Raineer Vista 2" by Merly Jones
"Something beautiful"
Women's Clinic
By Elise Lowe
Lactation Station
By Anupama Ramakrishnan
"Something thought provoking that promotes discussion"
Mental Health Clinic
"Moment of Self-Actualization by Abram Deslauriers
"Automatic Negative Thoughts" by Joana Stillwell
Helping to remove stigma
Mental Health Clinic
"Don't Judge My Disorder" by Erika Sherman
"Something interesting, even if the meeting isn't"
Conference Room
"Experience Music Project 1" taken by Bruce Hemingway
These main-traffic areas feature the the Top 3 Student Submissions
Entryway and Patient Waiting Rooms
"Horse and Rider" by Julie Zappone
"Something for kids!"
Family Health Clinic
"Courtship ritual of a pair of King Penguins" by Charles Sleicher
Additional Benefit of Art
Another place UW students and employees can display their work

"The Steptoe Grain Elevator" by Charles Sleicher
Help with navigating Hall Health

”Turn left at the EMP photo”

Unexpected Benefit of Art
"Experience Music Project" photograph by Bruce Hemingway
Changes Seen in the Second Year
Found 2 new groups for ‘gallery’ area
Natural Science Illustration Program
Photo courtesy of the Burke Museum of Natural History
New ‘gallery’ in ground floor hallway, near the Employee Health Clinic
UW Photographers Group
"Antiques and Things" photograph by Marilyn Barnard
Research on Art and Healing
Positive impact on health outcomes

Aid in physical, mental, and spiritual recovery by…
Relieving anxiety/reducing stress
Decreasing a patient’s perception of pain
Reference: Society for the Arts in Health Care
"Boat I Built" by Bronwyn Hughes
Remodel of Hall Health Center completed in Spring, 2011

Idea put forth to have a coordinated effort to decorate the newly painted walls

Did some ‘homework,’ consulting with other college student health centers who displayed art in their building (especially U of MN)

‘Leftover Pie’ by Rachel Ivy Clarke.
Kris Anderson, Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Nancy Stoaks, Curator of Swedish Medical Center,

Karen Neuhard-Forsythe, Curator of UW Medical Center

Peggy Weiss, Curator of Harborview Medical Center
Background: Consultations
'Pilings' by Mariana Kajlich
Formed Hall Health Center Art Committee

Composed of staff from HHC, UW Students, and On-campus Professionals:
Kris Anderson, Jacob Lawrence Gallery
Nicolette Bromberg, UW Libraries Visual Collection
Betty Shen, Capital Projects

‘Seattle’ by Ellie Tanaka
What began as “make the walls look pretty” has evolved into a project with multiple additional benefits to patients & UW students and staff
"Burke Gilman Commuters" by Kim Reading:
This presentation was developed by
Carly Wickell and Mark Shaw
Thank You
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