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Ann Arbor Spark

February 27, 2018

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Seeking Artist Donations for Cancer Center Project

 ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Feb. 26, 2018) – St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is seeking artwork from Michigan artists to decorate its soon-to-be renovated cancer center.  The hospital’s art committee is opening a call for submission, asking local artists to consider donating a piece of original art to be displayed among a total of 200 to 300 pieces throughout the cancer center.

“Our vision is to include creative, uplifting artwork gifted by our local artists to support patients, friends, family and staff on their healing journey,” said Dave Raymond, regional director of planning and design at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.
St. Joe’s Art Enrichment Committee is working with Pictures Plus, an Ann Arbor art and frame shop, to help curate and install the artwork.

“This new cancer center will serve the surrounding community, and we want to give local artists a unique opportunity to create a healing environment with their art,” said Kathryn Savitskie, art consultant from Pictures Plus, who is overseeing the submission process.

Artwork in the cancer center will focus on the Great Lakes, four seasons and natural environments with soothing, calming features that are harmonious with restorative care.
Submission guidelines are as follows:

·         Donation information should be sent to: StJoeCancerCenterArt@gmail.com                                                  

·         Attention: Kathryn Savitskie

·         Intent for donation should include the artist’s name, address and contact information.

·         Artists should include any photos and description of the artwork donation, including size, media and any special installation requirements.

·         Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018

·         All donation submissions will be reviewed by the arts committee, and selections will be made based on suitable images, sizes and materials safe for public display.


St. Joe’s hopes to display up to 300 pieces of original artwork in the new cancer center.
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor announced plans last August for a new 66,000-square-foot Cancer Center designed to deliver comprehensive cancer care for patients. Construction
is now under way, with completion slated for November 2018

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.  Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 15,300 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.   SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $2 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic  health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 131,000 colleagues, has annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of about $24.6 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

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