The Art Consultants at CAMA have selected Frank Bruckmann as the newest featured artist for the Smilow Healing Arts Gallery solo-exhibition (Yale New Haven Hospital) . A resident of New Haven, CT, Bruckmann's art celebrates the unique and diverse New Haven community through his thoughtfully painted scenes of the city and the activities that take place within.
Bruckmann's community-centered art not only comforts visitors of Smilow Cancer Center but also compliments Yale New Haven Health's commitment to connect with the communities it serves.
In support of research showing that art can play a beneficial role in the healing process, Yale New Haven Health established The Hospital Art Program for their Smilow Cancer Center campus in 2009. The program contains over 700 pieces of original art and serves to provide emotional healing for patients and their families.
All of the artwork is strategically placed throughout the hospital and grouped into categories to support changing emotions as patients progress into treatment. For example, sweeping landscapes, known to evoke a sense of calm, are placed in Pre-treatment areas where people are usually feeling a high level of stress; in Post-operative areas, artwork depicting communities are featured to assure patients that they are close to home and family.
Part of the program is the Healing Arts Gallery, a solo-exhibition gallery that showcases collections of work by New England and Mid-Atlantic artists. The gallery, curated by CAMA, rotates every 6 months.
Offerings like the Hospital Art Program at Smilow Cancer Center greatly enhance the quality of an environment, especially in healthcare settings where design and amenities directly impact how patients perceive the quality of care they receive. After close to 10 years, The Hospital Art Program at Smilow Cancer Center continues to recieve tremendous positive feedback, delighting thousands of patients, families, staff and passerby.