SVA Alumni Create Art for New Johns Hopkins Building

May 29, 2012

Four SVA alumni are among 70 artists from around the country who were commissioned by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to create more than 500 works of art for the new Johns Hopkins Hospital building which opened in Baltimore earlier this month. Geraldine Lau O’Shea (MFA 1997 Fine Arts) created 18 works for the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Sylvan Lionni (BFA 1995 Fine Arts) contributed two works to the Center, including a large, colorful painting that was inspired by the beloved children’s book Pezzettino, written by his grandfather, author Leo Lionni. Alumni Susan Graham and Alexander Heilner (MFA 1998 Photography and Related Media) created works inspired by nature and the garden. In addition, Polly Apfelbaum, a faculty member in the MFA Fine Arts Department, made work for the Hospital.

The hospital produced a video (below) featuring interviews with Lionni and other participating artists; the artworks are pictured on the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center Flickr photostream.

The $1.1 billion facility is the result of a unique art-architecture collaboration that incorporated art into the building’s design to create a healing environment. Some observers look for the new hospital to serve as a blueprint for other institutions interested in taking a similar approach in planning new facilities.

Image: Susan Graham, Toile Garden, 2011, photo courtesy of the artist and Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center.

Video: Interviews with SVA alumnus Sylvan Lionni and other artists whose work is on display at the new Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center.

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