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The Art of Healing

Therapeutic Art at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Art is more than a decorative element, it can inspire and uplift 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:

  • Hugh Bailey - Knoxville, TN
  • Ryan Blair - Knoxville, TN
  • Yvonne Bobo - Memphis, TN
  • Paul Burke - Salt Spring Island, Canada
  • Terry Cannon - Signal Mountain, TN
  • Community School of the Arts
  • Laurie Dennis - Knoxville, TN
  • East Tennessee Healing Quilts Project - Knoxville, TN
  • Lanie Gannon - Nashville, TN
  • Dr. Carl Gombert - Maryville, TN
  • Thomas Everett Green - Memphis, TN
  • The Guild of the Knoxville Museum of Art - Knoxville, TN
  • Anna Gustafson - Salt Spring Island, Canada
  • Richard Jolley - Knoxville, TN
  • Kim Kimmons - Knoxville, TN
  • Jay McBride - Knoxville, TN
  • Marga Hayes McBride - Knoxville, TN
  • Rachael McCampbell - Nashville, TN
  • Duncan McDaniel - Nashville, TN
  • Carrie McGee - Nashville, TN
  • Dawn Michelz - Knoxville, TN
  • Joan Miro - Spain
  • Jane S. Nickels - Knoxville, TN
  • Christine Patterson - Knoxville, TN
  • Janet Petrell - Kingston Springs, TN
  • "Pile of Coats" (Joshua Fischer, Corrine Whitford & Paisley Gunter) - Knoxville, TN
  • Liz Quisguard - New York City / Nashville, TN
  • Marisa Rey - Knoxville, TN
  • Andrew Saftel - Pikeville, TN
  • Alex Smith - Knoxville, TN
  • Robin Surber - Knoxville, TN
  • Daryl Thetford - Chattanooga, TN
  • Herb Williams - Nashville, TN

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.

Children's Hospital Development
P.O. Box 15010
Knoxville, TN 37901-5010
 (865) 541-8441