Photo Caption: “Flames of Resilience” by Johanna Rapport, RN, Acute Care Burn & Pediatric Trauma.
The Harborview Inaugural Employee Online Art Show debuted on Feb. 8, 2021. This year’s exhibition features more than 115 pieces in mediums including painting, drawing, photography, woodworking, fiber art and more. These pieces were created by over 55 artists who work in all areas of the hospital.
Harborview has a long history of promoting and cultivating art. Since 1977, the King County Public Art Collection at Harborview has been a source of support and healing and has grown to include over 500 pieces.
The public art collection is a collaboration with the non-profit, 4Culture, that helps curate art for the hospital’s public spaces, specialty clinics and corridors for patients and staff alike to enjoy.
“I see many patients and their families stopped in front of art at Harborview — it takes them away from what’s going on for them in the hospital,” says Tracy Gooding, director of Patient Relations at Harborview.
This year isn’t the first art show that Harborview has held, but it is the first digital show. Gooding says Harborview used to have an employee art show that happened in person every other year for employees and patients to experience. The last one was in the early 2000s and for many employees, this art show feels long overdue.
“At least three times a year, employees ask me when we are going to do another art show,” says Gooding. “When the pandemic hit a lot of the employee engagement activities ended and my team had to come up with events we could do virtually.”
The art show was one of those activities that could easily transfer to an online forum.
Fran Kwak, community outreach coordinator, and Deanna Clark, program coordinator, were the masterminds behind creating the virtual gallery website and curating the submitted art. Since it is online, they were able to accept all forms and mediums from photography and painting to textiles and cake decorations.
“It was so fun to do an old thing in a new way,” says Gooding. “It’s something good that has come out of the pandemic.”
Gooding thinks that for some, art has been an outlet during this stressful time. For others, it’s been about capturing moments of grace.
“In healthcare, you have to be observational, and that comes out when you look at the art submitted,” says Gooding.
Connecting through art
The representation of UW Medicine employees spanned from graduate students, physicians, respiratory therapists, environmental service staff, radiologists and more. It’s easy to get caught up in our units or services — but as Gooding says, “art knows no professional boundaries.”
Some of the art celebrates the everyday moments, some is profoundly personal and some is inspired by working at Harborview and in healthcare.
Enjoy a selection of art from this year’s virtual art show and be sure to check out the full gallery.