For centuries, humans have used various forms of art to comfort themselves.
Now patients at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital can do the same through the recently launched Art of Healing program.
The program is a lending initiative, a collaborative effort between RSF and the Gibbes Museum of Art. It offers patients access to artwork during their hospital stay. Through the program, rehabbers are afforded the chance to choose from a robust collection of paintings and display selections in their rooms.
Sixteen local artists lent 22 pieces to the program for the year, and nearly a dozen patients are currently taking advantage of the offering.
The program kicked off in August and was created to highlight the connection between art and healing, said Dr. Jeb Hallett, who spearheaded the effort for RSF. Hallett believes the program has much to offer patients during their stay.
“A positive and hopeful attitude is so important for patient recovery and wellness,” Hallett said.
The innovative collaboration is one the first of its kind in the nation and Hallett is hopeful it will be a model for other health systems.
The styles of paintings are as varied as the artists themselves, offering patients the choice of still life, portraits, landscapes and abstract paintings. Participating artists include: Rick Reinert, Richard Hagerty, Brianna Stello, Lese Corrigan, Lynne Riding, Mary Edna Fraser, Brenda Orcutt, Austin Ball, Fletcher Derrick and Karen Ann Myers.
More than 40 people attended a reception at Roper Rehab in late August to celebrate the program’s inception.