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Hospital for Special Care Hosts Juried Exhibit Call for Submissions

May 3, 2023

The Joy of Art! Program at Hospital for Special Care is hosting a Juried Competition & Exhibition from June 19th through August 25th. A reception will take place in person as a part of the Hospital for Special Care Annual Donor Appreciation Reception at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville on June 28th, 2023 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Art is an important factor in rebuilding lives. It creates an inviting and calming environment that is therapeutic for patients, staff and visitors. The Joy of Art! program hosts exhibitions throughout the year and supports art groups and activities that helps patients feel engaged with the community. This year, the Joy of Art! Juried Exhibition will feature works of fine art and photography from our community.

Artists may submit up to 2 original works that are 2D rendered in the following media: oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, mixed media, pen and ink, drawing or graphics, or photography. Artists may enter a submission online by Friday, June 16th, 2023 at: https://joyofart.givesmart.com, submission fees are $30 for one submission, $40 for two submissions. Pieces may be dropped off at Hospital for Special Care.

In addition to our in-person exhibit, this year’s exhibit will be available for viewing and purchasing online at https://joyofart.givesmart.com.

Three prizes will be awarded, as well as Honorable Mentions awarded at the discretion of the Honorary Jurors, Joanne Humen, Director of Business Administration at New Britain Museum of American Art and Board Chair of the Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center Board of Directors, and Jeff and Sara Buell, Hospital for Special Care ambassadors and founders of the Neuroscience Innovation Fund.

Joanne is currently Director of Business Administration at the New Britain Museum of American Art. A dedicated community volunteer, Joanne is a founding member and current board chair of Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center, is the current Chair of the YWCA New Britain Board of Trustees, a member of the NB Rotary Club, and board member for the CT Alliance to End Sexual Violence. She lives in Kensington with her husband Michael and has 3 grown children.

Jeffery and Sara Buell bring a unique perspective on the arts to HFSC’s Joy of Art! program. They have both come to appreciate the mindfulness and fine motor control the act of creation can require. They have each found painting, specifically, complex paint-by-number projects, to provide a functional and beautiful strategy to adapt their lives to Jeff’s Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. They now encourage others to explore the benefits of incorporating the arts into everyday life.


About the Joy of Art! Program

The Joy of Art! program hosts exhibitions throughout the year and supports art groups and activities that helps patients feel engaged with the community. Art is integrated into patient care, providing holistic patient-centered healing. For more information on the Joy of Art! Program, visit https://hfsc.org/community/joy-of-art/.


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