Art for Hospitals +

Art For Hospitals + improves lives through the power of medicinal art. Research shows art is far more than aesthetic beauty made for entertainment.  It supports health by its ability to reduce stress, decrease the duration of treatment, lowers blood pressure, accelerates healing, heightens mood, and initiates the joy response. Patients, visitors, staff, health experts, and scientific researchers unanimously agree that art in hospitals improves care, raises outlook, and is enjoyable, lifting and positive for everyone.

By donating high quality, medicinal art, Art for Hospitals + improves health, soothes and heals patients, visitors, and staff; creates better hospital care; and improves the community by boosting morale, mood and health.  Nature oil paintings placed in key locations improves health, well-being and accelerates healing for everyone who encounters the scientifically designed artwork.

Gift a painting with Art For Hospitals + to a hospital today. Your contribution will make it possible for people’s lives to be touched, and healed in this important and critical way. Contributing to your community is an asset to all, is rewarding and makes it a healthier and happier place.

Many scientists agree that the arts can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve well-being and enhance the way we fight infection.

National Institute of Health

We have seen a growing body of research from universities and from hospitals, and from physicians lately that tell us that there is measurable changes in things like heart rate, respiration, recovery time, but particularly, stress release.

Kathy Feek, Art Coordinator for Evergreen Health

After analyzing 15 studies that had people looking at art for different reasons, neuroscientist Oshin Vartanian explained in a Q&A that "areas of the brain involved in processing emotion and those that activate our pleasure and reward systems are also being engaged."

Oshin Vartanian

Promoting workers’ well-being isn’t just ethical; it makes economic sense.

Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer, New York Times

Art is monumental because it is the universal language that brings people together. It transcends racial, cultural, social, educational, and economic barriers.

Kelli Stretesky

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How do patients actually experience and use art in hospitals? The significance of interaction: a user-oriented experimental case study

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“While the patients apparently weren’t aware of the artwork as an important element of their bodily praxis in the environment when asked, their movements however indicated signs of their tacit awareness of the artwork’s presence, presumably as something infusing more ease and safety than having their back up against a white wall or looking at the art. As anthropologist Daniel Miller writes: “The surprising conclusion is that objects are important, not because they are evident and physically constrain or enable, but quite the opposite. It is often precisely because we do not see them” (Miller, 2010, p. 50).”

‘Fine Art Is Good Medicine’: How Hospitals Around the World Are Experimenting With the Healing Power of Art

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“Some researchers dismiss abstract art as unsuitable for hospital use, due to “the perceived ambiguity of meaning in abstract art, which is maintained as being too open-ended for patients to interpret, as they are often experiencing states of unfamiliarity, vulnerability, stress, unpredictability, and uneasiness,” Mullins said. He and his colleagues think that other factors matter more than style, including size and placement, color and contrast (patients prefer bright colors), shape, and movement (to which patients respond well).”

The Aesthetic Brain: How We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art

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“Focusing on visual art, for instance, with experimental neuroaesthetics, psychologists moved from perception to attention and emotion. It was revealed that we respond to hidden mathematical regularities in artworks.”

Art and the Brain: How Imagery Makes Us Human

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“The Art and the Brain conference aims to encourage an interdisciplinary discussion between archaeologists, neurophysiologists and artists to develop current understandings and interpretations of non-verbal communication and the development of art in prehistory. Recent developments in the fields of neurophysiology and neuroaesthetics have highlighted the limitations, capacities and facilities of the brain with respect to our perception and cognition.”