Department of Art and MDH Collaborate

Maggie Goettsche, MDH Administrative Director of Quality & Innovation; Wanda Foster, MDH Vice President of Nursing; Shawn Spangler, Instructor, WIU Department of Art; Tim Vanginkel, BA Art 2004 and BFA Art 2005; Kenny Boyd, MDH President/CEO; Bill Howard, Professor, WIU Department of Art

Maggie Goettsche, MDH Administrative Director of Quality & Innovation; Wanda Foster, MDH Vice President of Nursing; Shawn Spangler, Instructor, WIU Department of Art; Tim Vanginkel, BA Art 2004 and BFA Art 2005; Kenny Boyd, MDH President/CEO; Bill Howard, Professor, WIU Department of Art

McDonough District Hospital and Western Illinois University have entered into an exhibition agreement that is designed to allow the art of students, faculty and selected works from the University Art collection to be displayed in the newly renovated lobby of the Hospital. The Hospital is nearing completion of a major renovation project that is designed to improve the overall accessibility to MDH. One aspect of this project is to upgrade the overall aesthetics, or look of public spaces in hospital.

The project to use the lobby of the hospital got underway after Professor Howard, WIU Art Studio Technician Robert Brownlow, and Charles Wright, Chair of the Department of Art at Western met with the MDH Senior Leadership Team about interior upgrades in the entry space to the Hospital. Wanda Foster, RN / Vice President of Nursing and Professor Howard were the first to discuss ideas about showcasing art from Western’s students and faculty in the newly renovated space. McDonough District Hospital has taken on the total cost of this renovation that will benefit Western’s exhibition programming.

The purpose of the project is to provide a welcoming visual respite to visitors as they enter the Hospital. The works of emerging student artists, along with that of Western’s alumni artists, and faculty will be exhibited. Appropriate selections from the WIU Gallery will also be exhibited.

A gallery appropriate track lighting/hanging system has been installed, and a museum quality vetrine will be in a niche near the wall display area. The vetrine, which is a museum quality display case with enclosed acrylic top, will allow display of ceramics, small sculptures, and jewelry/metals.

All exhibits will be on display for approximately one month each throughout the year and focus on one single artist or a group of artists. 3D work as well as 2D work will be exhibited. Artists interested in exhibiting at the hospital should contact Bill Howard at wr-howard@wiu.edu

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