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Art of Healing

The Art of Healing

Therapeutic Art at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Art is more than a decorative element, it can inspire and uplift even patients and families during their time of need. Artwork brings joy, hope, and distraction to those in our hospital and helps them maintain a more positive outlook. Art has the power to heal and reassure and also make the hospital a fun, uplifting and friendly place.

The message of art can be subliminal, giving hope and providing dignity and joy for patients without them even realizing. The high quality art decorating our halls reflects the high level of excellence and care that we provide at Children’s Hospital every day.

The Importance of Positivity in Recovery

Studies have found that there is a therapeutic, stimulating and soothing value in the use of color and shapes. Patients recover quicker and endure less stress and pain when they are surrounded by an environment that offers tranquil images in the clinical and common areas of a hospital.

By utilizing art in our facility, our goal is to create a warm, inviting space, that offers an escape to a happier place while dealing with medical issues or waiting on test results. Art can capture the imagination so the families can step out of their lives for a while.

View Artwork from Local Tennessee Artists

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is purchasing permanent pieces of artwork to be installed throughout their facility from Tennessee and regional artists. The art is available for sponsorship by individuals, groups or corporations and is a lovely way to pay tribute or act as a memorial to a loved one or friend

The collection features works by artists including:

  • Yvonne Bobo - Memphis Tennessee
  • Andrew Saftel - Pikeville, Tennessee
  • Herb Williams - Nashville, Tennessee
  • Lanie Gannon - Nashville, Tennessee
  • Christine Patterson - Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Rachael McCampbell - Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee
  • Robin Surber - Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Janet Petrell - Kingston Springs, Tennessee
  • Thomas Everett Green - Memphis, Tennessee
  • Alex Smith - Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Carrie McGhee - Nashville, Tennessee
  • Duncan McDaniel - Nashville, Tennessee
  • Paul Burke & Anna Gustafson - Salt Spring Island, Canada
  • Hugh Bailey - Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Liz Quisguard - New York City/ Nashville, Tennessee
  • Marga Hayes McBride - Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Daryl Thetford - Chattanooga, Tennessee

To inquire about the art collection and opportunities to sponsor a piece of art, please call Carlton Long in the Development office at Children’s Hospital, (865) 541-8172 or email at cmlong@etch.com.