The University of Washington Medical Center was the first hospital in the region to establish an artist-in-residence program. The staff artists-in-residence provide regularly scheduled hands-on art experiences for patients in group sessions and individually at the bedside. Open to all medical center patients and their families, the artists work with patients to assist them with creative expression in a supportive and relaxing environment. All necessary equipment and materials are provided along with instruction and encouragement at no charge.
This program also brings regional visual and performing artists to UWMC for special projects. Ross Palmer Beecher, Lelavision, Gene Gentry McMahon, Deborah Mersky, and Liza VonRosenstiel are a few of the artists who have participated.
While the program is funded by the UWMC Service League, volunteers provide valuable support to assist in reaching as many patients as possible. They bring unique skills and talents to the program. Some teach various arts and crafts, like knitting or beading; others assist with preparation of materials, or perform music in our public and patient care areas.
For more information, or to request an appointment with an artist-in-residence, call the Artists-in Residence office at 206.598.6313.