St. Joe’s Mercy Oakland asked artists to submit artwork that represents peace and healing through nature or water and landscapes. The SJMO arts program is aimed at creating an experience that heals bodies, nurtures souls and comforts hearts.
More than 225 artists from throughout Michigan applied to have their artwork considered. However, only 85 artists were selected. A total of nearly 420 pieces of artwork were selected, including 47 major commissions. Funding for the artwork was being provided by private donors through a Hospital Foundation and community partnership coordinated by Aesthetics.
Submissions represented a variety of media, including sculpture; two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork; original art; oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings; limited edition prints, giclee prints, mixed-media art, glass, mosaics, wall sculpture, fabric art, collages and photography.
The acquired artwork has been placed in the new main lobby, elevator lobbies, waiting rooms, corridors, consultation rooms, patient rooms and public areas.
Aesthetics’ ability to work with our organization, our associates and volunteers, as well as community members of our committees, was extraordinary and resulted in a project that has been universally accepted by all stakeholders in our organization. The most interesting result of the project was the uncovering of an exceptional base of local artists, who now have their work permanently displayed in the organization and take pride in the fact that they are supporting their local health care system. We continue to get positive comments on this project, and for the coordination and professionalism that was demonstrated in creating this project with the art community.
I am very proud of the work that we did with Aesthetics and with the results that were achieved.”
Jack Weiner, President and CEO
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Michigan~