Swedish asks young artists to decorate Issaquah hospital

March 15, 2011

By Staff

Swedish Medical Center is seeking young artists to decorate the soon-to-open Issaquah Highlands hospital campus.

“Art plays an important role in creating a positive, welcoming and healing environment,” Janette Turner, a member of the hospital’s Art Committee, said in a release. “When deciding on what works of art to display in the new Swedish Medical Center/Issaquah, we knew we wanted to feature local artwork. And, what better pieces to include in the facility than works by children who live in the area?”

The initial stage — a medical office building and outpatient center — is scheduled to open in July. The hospital portion is on track to open in November. The grand opening celebration is scheduled for July 9.

The hospital plans to feature digital images of artwork or photos from Eastside children or young adults. The contest is open to artists ages 5 to 18. E-mail Brooke Kempner at swedishartissaquah@gmail.com to learn more.

Swedish then plans to select digital images and turn some into long-lasting artworks on the Issaquah campus.

Submit artwork for consideration by 11:59 p.m. April 11. E-mail the artwork and a release form to swedishartissaquah@gmail.com. Download the release form at www.swedish.org/issaquahart.

Submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • Submit high-resolution (minimum 3,200 pixels along the longest edge) digital images or scans of artwork or digital photos in a TIF or low-compressed JPG format. Organizers prefer images larger than 3,200 pixels across.
  • The artwork and images should promote healing, health and community. Submissions should be original and colorful works of art celebrating joy, nature and comfort.
  • Submitted entries become the property of Swedish, although if the submission is a digital image of a child’s artwork, then the original art piece may be retained by the artist; chosen entries may be collaged together, as space and design permits.
  • Entries must be accompanied by a release signed by a parent or guardian.
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