Still Life: Art by People Who Know Healthcare Best
Still Life, a partnership between Art Force and The Creative Center at University Settlement, brings artists living with illness and healthcare organizations together. Providing creative arts programming and art installments from professional artists living with illness, Still Life is intended for placement in healthcare settings to uplift and inspire all hospital users – patients, visitors and staff alike.
Designed to create a community of healing, Still Life cultivates a social enterprise where financial return meets measurable social impact. Professional artists living with illness have inspiring stories to tell about their journey. Share in their journey today!
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Still Life images offer a diverse mixture of styles, subjects, and color palettes from artists who’ve ‘been there’. All images are available in a wide variety of substrates and sizes to fit your needs.
A special focus is placed on nature-based imagery, which research has shown positively affects outcomes in healthcare settings.
Creating a virtual support group of creative expression, patients benefit from healing through shared experience.
Financial & Emotional Benefits
Offering a financial and emotional benefit to the selected artists, the Still Life Collection also creates an enterprise where ongoing revenue helps fund both the artists and The Creative Center for its interactive art programs in public hospitals.
The Creative Center can develop simple creative activities using both the Still Life Collection and your existing artwork, offering the benefits of “positive distraction” to patients, visitors and staff through art engagement. Your hospital will receive additional returns on their art investment for years to come.
For both the artist and the viewer, art holds memory, feeling, and, perhaps most importantly, hope. Consider the impact of testimonial-driven artwork in a healing environment and the art on your walls becomes far more than mere decoration. It becomes healing in action.
A Social Enterprise Concept You Can Trust
Like brush strokes, no two stories are ever exactly the same. Some stories are playful while others are thought provoking and inspiring. Yet somewhere between the piles of canvases and pictures – each unique and beautiful in their own right – a shared experience emerges. Untold meaning and inspiration await for people who need it most.
From each of its founding partners, unique talents and perspectives combine to create a program with the viewer and artist in mind:
Art Force: The program benefits from the experience of Art Force, the premier provider of artwork nationally, which provides all art services including matting, framing and standardizing scalable production.
The Creative Center: The program builds on the twenty plus years of experience of The Creative Center, an organization which offers art experiences to patients, families and staff in healthcare facilities across the U.S.
Meet the Still Life Artists
Aleta Wynn Yarrow
Painting transition in landscape is a metaphor for the possibility of swift and positive change. Through art, I define myself as human, not as one who suffers. Art is hope.
– Aleta Wynn Yarrow, [Read Bio]
Art has always been a part of my life and is necessary to my wellbeing. Following my diagnosis and successful treatment for cancer I have immersed myself with greater intensity in my creative activities.
– Cecily Firestein, [Read Bio]
I live to paint. After my injury, art became my therapy in both a psychological and physical sense. I stretch and move my hands and body in needed movements while I enjoy the act of creation.
– Cliff Enright, [Read Bio]
With severe illness I lost the balance in much of my life; health, work, and overall abilities. Creating works of art re-centered me and restored my sense of self.
– Donna Caulton, [Read Bio]
My landscape drawings provide patients with a sense of calm in the midst of fear and exhaustion. Similarly, as a cancer survivor, creating my art has provided much serenity and healing.
– Donna Levinstone, [Read Bio]
Judith Hinton Andrew
As a 33-year cancer survivor (breast, lymph, lung & colon), painting has continuously engaged and challenged me to explore my inner world and wisdom. This is where I believe all healing starts!
– Judith Hinton Andrew, [Read Bio]
I paint as though I have only this day to touch paint and see color. My reaction to facing the unknown and not recognizing myself in the mirror, in pain, was to paint as though there was no tomorrow. It was always this attitude by which I live and paint.
– Lorna Ritz, [Read Bio]
When cancer entered my life I started walking about with a camera, searching. It was a form of meditation and the pictures I captured allowed me to enjoy those moments in time, again and again. At that point I realized I wanted to teach people to open their senses and experience the full range of what they see. Because – to see is a gift!
– Paula Goldfader, [Read Bio]
Sarah E. McHugh
We live in a world of far too much chaos, confusion and sometimes even outrage causing so much stress in our lives (which also brings on illness). With my art, I seek to counteract all that, to paint the ever constant inspiration of the beauty and life that exists in nature with the hope that it also resonates within the viewer as a healing contemplative relief as it has been to me.
– Sarah E. McHugh, [Read Bio]
For purposes of presentation, the images above are not to scale.
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