Harborview Medical Center was among the first institutions in the nation to recognize the benefits of art in the healthcare setting. An early beneficiary of one of the country’s first Percent for Art ordinances, established in 1970 and administered today by 4Culture, Harborview features integrated, commissioned artwork and a wide variety of portable artworks in primary public areas throughout the medical center. The 4Culture collection, together with Harborview’s own portable collection, makes available to patients, families, staff and visitors more than 1500 works of art in all media.
Gifts of Art
Harborview is especially grateful to our many philanthropic donors who have enriched our collections with gifts of art. Principal among these individuals is Anne Gould Hauberg, who, in 2005, provided the foundation for a new collection of contemporary Northwest ceramics at Harborview with a gift of more than 60 major works in clay.
Seattle collector, gallery director and textile specialist Mia McEldowney (1950 – 2013) believed that the availability of beautiful, original artwork in the patient environment could bring comfort and inspiration. She also wanted to honor Harborview’s commitment to serving the public in all its diversity. In 2003, McEldowney generously gifted 22 of examples of fine traditional needlecraft created in countries around the world including Bolivia, Afghanistan, Guatemala and Kenya, for use in patient rooms and patient care areas.