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Hospital for Special Care Hosts 8th Annual Joy of Art! Photography Show

November 30, 2017

Pictured from left: Jerzy Michalski, Florin Ion Firimiţã (Juror), Judy Taddeo, Mike Kennedy


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (Nov. 30, 2017) – The Joy of Art! program at Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) hosted its eighth annual photography show with an opening reception Thursday, November 9, 2017. The exhibition will run until February 9, 2018.

The Joy of Art! program was created to support HFSC’s mission of helping patients to achieve enduring improvements in all aspects of their lives. The objectives of the program are to enhance the quality of patients’ lives by providing a diverse selection of art for their enjoyment, to strengthen the bond between HFSC and the community and to foster relationships with talented artists.

Five prizes totaling $650 were awarded this year, as well as Honorable Mentions awarded at the discretion of the Juror, Florin Ion Firimiţã.


Award Recipients

First Place – Mike Kennedy, Marshall Point Light, Maine

Second Place – Michael Ruthen, Joshua

Third Place – Jackie Etling, Contemplation

Committee Award – Gene Supenski, The Bishop Pair


Honorable Mentions

Jerzy Michalski, Model 2

Judy Taddeo, River Wonder


The Joy of Art! program offers multiple in-house art exhibitions affording patients, family members, visitors, staff, and members of the community the opportunity to enjoy beautiful artwork gracing the walls of the hospital, and fundraising through commission proceeds of sold exhibition artwork.

Creative Expressions, a form of art therapy, is the latest addition to the Joy of Art! program. This dimension was a long-standing objective of the Joy of Art! mission. The enhanced program now also fosters patients’ interests with cultivation of the arts in mind. HFSC appreciates the value of art in the healing process. Its mission reflects the importance of this complement in combination with traditional therapies in recovery and an improved quality of life for patients. Creative Expressions initiative affords patients the opportunity to expand their creativity in the areas of painting, sculpture, art history, drawing and photography.

About Hospital for Special Care 

Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) is one of the four largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospitals in the United States and the nation’s only long-term acute-care hospital serving adults and children. HFSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders (including ALS research), spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure as well as diagnostic, assessment and consulting services for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HFSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England and the Tri-State area on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit www.hfsc.org, and follow us on Twitter @HospSpecialCare.


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