Healthcare Art

Art Force specializes in artwork solutions for hospitals and healthcare organizations. Our experienced team of art consultants are trained in the philosophy of evidence-based design. Bringing a wealth of knowledge into our design recommendations, we can help positively affect patient outcomes and improve the environment in your healthcare facility.

Healthcare Advisory Board

Our Healthcare Advisory Board includes individuals who have a broad range of knowledge and experience in the industry.

Jonathan Hoistad — Clinical Psychologist, Natalis Psychology

Alexander Kieger, MD — Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MA

Matthew Werder — Chief Technology Officer, Hennepin County Medical Center

Annette Ozer — North Memorial Medical Center

Katie Burns – Artability Coordinator & Community Relations Associate, People Incorporated Mental Health Services

Leslie Palmer-Ross — Art Director, Art Force

Jennifer Lindgren — Senior Art Consultant, Art Force

Wings Suite: Empowering Health Challenged Artists

Wings brings healthcare organizations and every day people with health challenges together. For healthcare organizations offering supportive services and arts programming, Wings is a powerful story to uplift and inspire through the power of shared experience.

Artists participating in Wings are every day people dealing with the challenges of illness. Providing financial assistance directly to artists and service communities, Wings artwork is available in large or small quantities with custom framing to meet your healthcare organizations unique needs.

Still Life: Art by People Who Know Healthcare Best

The Still Life Collection is a joint venture between Art Force and The Creative Center. It offers a diverse mix of artwork from professional artists living with illness. It is designed to uplift and inspire through the power of shared experience.

Still Life

Throughout the collection, a message of hope shines through. It provides a view into the world of healing through the eyes of those who have been there. Proceeds help support arts programming offered by The Creative Center and Still Life artists.


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Research & Evidence: The Healing Power of Art

Evidence-Based Design

Evidence-based design studies conclude that artwork contributes to patient outcomes. That much is clear. But what more can be said for the data surrounding evidence based design?

If you search for evidence-based design, you will find a wealth of research and analysis exploring the subject. The materials contained here are just a fraction of the discussion.

In the book, Planning, Design, and Construction of Health Care Facilities by Joint Commission Resources, Inc., an important distinction was drawn about the types of art that help patient outcomes:

- Nature Scenes are ideal for a healthcare setting since both artwork and nature have the power to reduce stress and promote feelings of positivity

- Abstract art, on the other hand, can “acutely increase stress and negatively impact patient outcomes.”

- This is an important factor when choosing the right mixture of artwork in a healthcare setting

Source: Planning, Design, and Construction of Health Care Facilities

Improving Patient Outcomes

A white paper from Americans for the Arts and the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military titled, “Arts, Health and Well-Being across the Military Continuum” revealed some interesting findings supporting creative therapies, arts programming and/or evidence based design helping to:

Source: Americans for the Arts

Healing Power of Art

Guide to Art in Healthcare

Guide to Healthcare

At Art Force, we are passionate about spreading information on the healing benefits of art. Please enjoy our free guide on Art in Healthcare. It not only looks at the healing power of art as a force for good, but also outlines some examples from our our portfolio.

The Impact of Natural Lighting

A big portion of evidence-based design starts with architecture. While Art Force is not involved with this part of the process, it informs the decisions of our art consultants when selecting and placing artwork.

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) published a piece on “The Future of Evidence-Based Design” with some interesting information on the importance of natural lighting:

Natural Lighting

- 7-18% Better testing: In classrooms with large windows and skylights, students scored 7-18% better than students testing in rooms with little natural light

- While this represents a classroom setting, a similar trend is observable in healthcare settings as you will see below


In “The Impact of Light on Outcomes in Healthcare Settings”, a report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Center for Health Design, sunlight was tied to improving patient outcomes. For patients “on the unit’s bright side” of the building, the following observations emerged:

Less Medicine

- Patients took 22% less analgesic (painkiller) medication per hour

- Patients experienced less pain


Less Cost

- Patients incurred 21% less medication costs

- Patients experienced less perceived stress


The Impact of Color and Nature

Colors and nature scenes have an impact on patient outcomes. The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine examined "Visual art in hospitals: case studies and review of the evidence", which pointed to some of the benefits of color and nature:

Color & Nature

According to the review, “Colours that elicit high levels of pleasure with low levels of arousal are most likely to induce a state of calm, while those causing displeasure and high levels of arousal may provoke anxiety.”

Consistent with evolutionary psychological theories, patients express a preference for landscape and nature scenes according to the review. Blues and greens in landscape and nature scenes create a state of calm that may not be elicited through abstract art.

The effect of beautiful objects, of variety of objects and especially brilliance of colour is hardly at all appreciated … Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by colour and light, we do know this, that they have an actual physical effect. Variety of form and brilliancy of colour in the objects presented to patients are actual means of recovery.
– Florence Nightingale, Note on Nursing

Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information


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