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Jan. 11, 2008

Public to help create work of art at UI Hospitals and Clinics

Project Art at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City recently received a $4,800 matching grant from the Iowa Arts Council that will be used to create a four-panel art installation, titled "Illuminated Voices."

The project will involve patients, staff and visitors in creating a visual representation of the experience of healing.

Nationally recognized calligrapher and adjunct professor at the UI Center for the Book, Cheryl Jacobsen, will use the words, poems and phrases from patients, family and staff to create the new work of art. Jacobsen also will facilitate four workshops to be held in February at the hospital. Participants will learn the basics of calligraphy and create their own artwork.

The calligraphy and artwork created in the workshops will be displayed on the eighth floor of the John Colloton Pavilion in the temporary exhibit space.

Project Art will hold personal interviews with patients, visitors and staff who wish to participate and share their thoughts on the healing process. The thoughts expressed in the interviews will be used by the artist to create the four panels.

"Illuminated Voices" will be completed and installed in July 2008 in the skywalk on the third floor between the John Pappajohn Pavilion and the Pomerantz Family Pavilion.

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