Art Heals

Jun Kaneko, Untitled, Dango
Gift of UH National Art Leadership Council in honor of its founding
co-chair, Lawrence C. Sherman

The University Hospitals Fine Art Collection received a record number of gifts in 2016 as donors showed overwhelming support of art and its healing powers.

Speaking recently at the UH National Art Leadership Council meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., UH's art curator, Tom Huck, presented highlights of the 73 new pieces of art acquired from donors last year. Among them is a ceramic sculpture by artist Jun Kaneko. A gift from the UH National Art Leadership Council in honor of founding Co-Chair Lawrence C. Sherman, the monumental piece is on display for patients and their families in the lobby of UH Seidman Cancer Center.

According to Stanton Gerson, MD, Director of UH Seidman Cancer Center, research backs up what we already know intuitively – that art has the power to help heal the mind, body and spirit. Art is a key component of UH’s new Integrative Oncology Program.

"As I walk the halls, I see examples of our patrons' generosity come to life and how the artwork touches the lives of our patients every day, particularly during those quiet moments, sometimes alone, sometimes in the evening with friends," Dr. Gerson said. "Through gifts of art, you encourage our patients, physicians, employees and visitors to pause and to reflect – and sometimes even to rejoice."

If you would like to make a donation to the UH Fine Art Collection, please contact us at 216-983-2200 or

To learn more about the history of the about UH Fine Art Collection, you can purchase a copy of the recently released book Artwork from the Collection of University Hospitals, written by Trudy Wiesenberger, founder of the UH art collection.