A Call for Artists The Healing Power of Art

April 20, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—April 20, 2016—Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), in partnership with the Susan Sebastian Foundation, is seeking entries from Vermont artists for a juried exhibit of more than 100 pieces. The exhibit, called The Healing Power of Art, is scheduled for June 11 at Southern Vermont Arts Center. From it, more than 50 pieces of art will be selected to adorn patient rooms. The remaining art will be offered to the public for sale.

SVHC invites Vermont artists to participate by completing an online submission of their work for consideration at svhealthcare.org/healingpower. Pieces that are soothing and optimistic and those that take the viewer into the outdoors will be most likely to be accepted for the exhibit. The submission deadline is Monday, May 23, 2016. Artists will be notified of their acceptance by May 30, 2016, at which point they will send or deliver work to the Southern Vermont Arts Center.

The art selected for SVHC will be purchased through the generosity of the Susan Sebastian Foundation. The foundation was created in honor of a patient of Vermont hospitals, Susan Sebastian. She endured a long illness while looking at the bare walls of hospital rooms. It was her wish that every hospital room in Vermont be hung with gentle, inspiring art by Vermont artists. Since Susan's death in 2009, her mother Elise Braun has worked to fulfill her daughter's wish.

For event information, artist guidelines, and to complete an online submission for consideration, visit svhealthcare.org/healingpower.

About SVHC:

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org.