|The Survivors Art Gallery currently houses the Smithsonians traveling Healing Garden exhibition of 25 quilts that highlight plants that are ingredients in chemotherapy drugs. Clockwise, from left to right, works on display include Cyclee peltata by Patti Marcus, Cartharanthus roseus by Eileen Cavanagh, Fagara macrophyte by Carolyn Lynch and Podokphlium peltatum. Photos by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services|
Located in a heavily traveled hallway connecting the Cancer Center to University Hospital, the 500-foot Survivors Art Gallery wall showcases six exhibitions every year, including national traveling art and adult and pediatric art created with the help of the Cancer Centers art therapist.
It is a place of hope and community for all cancer survivors, their families and caretakers, said Suzanne Mahler, director of the Healing Arts Program. We want to continue to . . . attract more visitors by focusing on the nuts and bolts of running a professional gallery.
|Susan Ahrens (left) and June Possley of the Clinical Pathology Laboratories view the quilts in the Survivors Art Gallery. Ahrens is a quilter and has visited the exhibition three times.|
The Survivors Art Gallery, originally funded by a $15,000 grant from the Friends of University Hospital, is located on Level B1 of the Cancer and Geriatrics Centers Building. It is open to the public 8 a.m.5 p.m. MondayFriday. For information, visit the Healing Arts Program Web site at www.cancer.med.umich.edu/clinic/healing.htm.