of Art's nine galleries annually feature 54 different exhibits,
including two and three-dimensional spaces that are viewed by approximately
10,000 people each day. This makes our galleries some of the most
widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibit spaces in Michigan.
The artwork on display is richly diverse in style, medium, form
and subject, and provides an ever-changing sampling of the best
art the region has to offer. View
our current exhibits online. For a quick reference for exhibit
information, including gallery locations and hours, please go to
our printable Exhibit Schedule Card (pdf).
Gifts of Art does an annual Call for Exhibits
to select artwork for the galleries. Find out more about our Call for Exhibits.
In addition, Gifts of Art hosts an annual Employee
Art Exhibition that offers Health System faculty and staff
an opportunity to display their creative works. Learn
more about the annual Employee Art Exhibition.
How to purchase art: To
purchase a piece of art on exhibit with Gifts of Art, please
call (734) 936-ARTS. Gifts of Art accepts checks, visa and
U-M employee payroll deduction.
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WEEKLY PUBLIC PERFORMANCES
addition to sponsoring on-site art-making demonstrations, Gifts
of Art presents weekly free public performances in music, theater
and dance. Hospital audiences can expect to see anything from Shakespearean
comedies to tap dance ensembles. Performers include local, regional
and international artists who present an array of musical styles.
Summer events take place in the hospital courtyard, weather permitting.
For a complete description of our current monthly performances,
including photographs of this month's performers, performance locations
and hours, go to our Performances
page. For a quick reference for event information, please go to
our printable Performance Schedule (pdf).
If you would like information about performing for Gifts of
Art, please email or call Carrie McClintock, 734-936-7960 or Elaine Sims, 734-936-7634.
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Art Cart program is a lending library of framed poster art. Volunteers
take colorful carts of framed posters to the patient floors
in the University Hospital and offer patients a selection
of artwork to display in their rooms. The simple choice of artwork
is one way we try to give patients a sense of control at a time
when so much is decided for them. Many times these images have a
profound affect on patients and become valued "companions" in their
If you wish to become a volunteer for the Art Cart, please contact
Volunteer Services. To request an Art Cart visit, call 734-936-ARTS (2787) or email GiftsofArt@med.umich.edu.
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gardens have had a presence in hospitals since the Middle Ages.
The University of Michigan Health System is pleased to continue
this tradition of hospitality with our Friends Meditation Garden.
Our garden was specifically designed to provide an outdoor space
of comfort and respite for patients, visitors and staff.
Challenging the notion that a human can be considered primarily
from the viewpoint of the atoms and molecules and other particles
that make up our physical form, Lloyd Jacobs, M.D., said the garden
is an example of what makes each of us so very much more than a
sum of our parts.
"The 'human spirit' exists here, in this place, at this time,"
he said, pointing to the medical buildings surrounding the courtyard
and referencing the work going on inside them. "And this garden
is sitting in the center of a place where, every day, people perform
acts of dedication and, you may even say, love in the service of
"This is and will be a special place; a place for nurturing and
sustaining that spirit," Jacobs continued. "I hope that all of you
will seize the opportunity to rest a minute, be quiet, commune with
nature and listen."
recognized landscape architect James van Sweden, of Oehme,
van Sweden & Associates, Inc ., was instrumental in designing
the garden. Van Sweden is a graduate of the U-M School of Architecture.
The U-M Office of University Landscape Architecture worked with
him to make the garden a reality. "Most people think a garden is
dead, but a garden can be very beautiful in winter," he explained.
"Coming (originally) from Grand Rapids, I have an appreciation for
Van Sweden also took great pains to
remind his audience that the garden, which received its first plantings
less than a year before, is young. He emphasized the garden's "beautiful
bones," or basic structural strengths, and the many reasons it has
- Good proportions
- Plantings for a restful atmosphere
- Water from the fountain (particularly soothing)
- Sculpture (for inspiration)
""This is a new baby," he concluded. "It's just planted and it's
going to be even better -- it's on its way up!" Map
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MUSIC WHILE YOU WAIT
Talented volunteer musicians, on the baby grand piano in our Main Lobby and in other waiting areas, provide a pleasant diversion during difficult times for
patients, families and staff.
If you wish to become a volunteer musician, please call (734) 936-ARTS (2787), email Gifts of Art
or contact Volunteer
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BEDSIDE MUSIC PROGRAM
music practitioners provide bedside music in most patient units,
intensive care units, neonatal units and dialysis, burn/trauma and
pre-and post-surgery areas. This is one of Gifts of Art's
most beloved programs. The music has an almost immediate stress-reducing
and calming effect on patients. Staff members report that the music
changes the whole tenor of the unit and gives them a brief respite,
something that can be quite rare in their busy days.
For a sample of what Bedside Music has to offer, you can watch a video about the program, or you can read or watch a story about a special patient.
To request a visit by a Bedside Musician Monday-Friday during the day, call 734-936-ARTS (2787)
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a printable flier with information on the bedside music program, click here.
BEDSIDE ART PROGRAM
Gifts of Art’s Artist in Residence engages patients and families with art making projects at the bedside and in waiting areas. A visit by the Artist in Residence is a chance for the patient to try something new, enjoy something artistic together or simply have fun. Examples of some of the projects include: beaded bracelet, collage and origami art making kits; the Art Gallery and Kaleidoscope Coloring Books; and watercolor painting.
For a sample of what Bedside Art has to offer, you can watch a video or print instructions on how to make a paper snowflake. Pages from the Kaleidoscope Coloring Book are also available to print.
To request a visit by an Artist in Residence, call 734-936-ARTS (2787)
or email Elaine Reed.
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LIFE SCIENCES ORCHESTRA
Sciences Orchestra is the symphonic orchestra for members of
the medical and life sciences community at the University of Michigan.
The orchestra was founded to provide a performance outlet for faculty,
staff and students in these disciplines while simultaneously building
a sense of community and sustaining the creative spirit. The LSO
presents two free public concerts each year. Concert and rehearsal footage as well as interviews with musicians are in the video below:
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ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Artists in Residence collaborate with Gifts of Art in the
of participatory arts projects with our patients and staff. Our
most recent project, The Dragon of Wishes Hopes and Dreams,
was a collaboration with Art and Design Assistant Professor Anne
Mondro and her students from the class Retaining Identity: The Role
of Creative Work within the Healthcare Setting. The dragon was designed
by artist Katy Bergman Cassell, funded by a FIGS grant, and brought
about by participants creating messages in words and pictures on
paper fans - more than 1,700 in all - which were then folded to
become the scales adorning the
Dragon. Spanning more than 16 feet, this magnificent dragon was
dedicated to the patients, visitors, faculty and staff of the University
of Michigan Health System on July 11, 2006 to commemorate the 20th
anniversary of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.
It is located outside the University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor
1. View more photos of the project.
Art Under the Microscope
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