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The “Art of Healing”
Posted by: Jennifer Wilson, Public Relations Manager | February 25, 2013
West Columbia, S.C. – Each year, Lexington Medical Center sponsors the “Art of Healing,” a student art competition in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art for Lexington County high school students. Each student is asked to design a piece of artwork that best expresses a concept of the “Art of Healing.” Samples of the students’ artwork will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Art through March 9. Then, there will be a month-long display at Lexington Medical Center.
“We wanted to give students the opportunity to express their interpretation of “healing” through artwork,” said Barbara Willm, Vice President of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “And, we enjoy displaying their excellent projects at the Columbia Museum of Art and inside the hospital for our community to see.”
This is the fourth year of the “Art of Healing” competition. Judges this year were Steven Ford, owner of Steven Ford Interiors; Jane Przybysz, executive director of the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina; and Michael Story, fine artist.
At an awards ceremony on February 12at the Columbia Museum of Art, Lexington Medical Center Vice President of Community Relations Barbara Willm and Columbia Museum of Art Assistant Director of Development Todd Buehrig presented a first place prize to Courtney Amick of Chapin High School for “Derrick,” a photograph of a young boy who endured open heart surgery.
Holly McDermott of Irmo High School won second place. Anna Schumann of Lexington High School won third place.
Juror’s Choice awards went to Megan Cooper of Lexington High School, Megan O’Neal of White Knoll High School and Chloe Threatt of White Knoll High School.
Honorable Mention awards went to Reese Denver of Dutch Fork High School, Abbey Romeo of Irmo High School and Taylor Stevenson of Lexington High School.
The work includes paintings, photographs and sculptures. Each student also wrote a description with background about each piece and how it depicts healing. Many of then shared inspirational personal stories of family members’ health challenges and recovery.
The Columbia Museum of Art is located at 1515 Main Street in Columbia. Call 803-799-2810 for more information.
The artwork will be on display in the North Entrance lobby of Lexington Medical Center beginning on March 11.
Photographs of the students’ artwork can be found on Lexington Medical Center’s Facebook page and on the hospital’s blog at blog.lexmed.com. A full set of photographs is also available upon request.
Lexington Medical Center, in West Columbia, S.C., anchors a county-wide health care network that includes six community medical centers throughout Lexington County and employs a staff of 5,200 health care professionals. The network also includes the largest extended care facility in the Carolinas, two occupational health centers and more than 40 physician practices. At its heart is the 414-bed state-of-the-art Lexington Medical Center, with a reputation for the highest quality care. Lexington Medical Center won "Best Hospital" by readers of The State for ten years in a row, "Best Hospital" by readers of the Free Times, "Best Place to Have a Baby" by readers of Palmetto Parent, the "Consumer Choice Award" from the National Research Corporation and the prestigious "Summit Award" from Press Ganey.