Each year, our team devises a unique patient art show idea including a prompt or question to inspire imagination, artistry, and individual expression amongst Wolfson Children's Hospital patients. In addition to reaping the benefits of engaging in the creative process, the patient artists gain a sense of accomplishment, pride, and meaning by having their artwork displayed in the Museum of Contemporary Art and then in various locations around Jacksonville, FL.
Our patient art exhibits are made possible through an ongoing partnership with MOCA and sponsorships from local businesses.
“I never had anything I have made hang up in a frame in an art show before. I am so happy that people will see what I have made.”
-Asima, Age 8
2021 Patient Art Show
This 2021 patient art exhibition, Behind the Mask, utilizes technology as a form of artistic expression and communication while drawing upon inspiration from the style of American pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein. Collaborating with AWAHIH Artists-in-Residence, patients used iPads to create digitized self-portraits. Each patient also designed a unique face mask while answering the question, "What are you thinking behind your mask?" Their answers are displayed in quote bubbles and convey the thoughts they are thinking behind their masks.
2020 Patient Art Show
A DECADE OF ART WITH A HEART
For over a decade, MOCA Jacksonville and Art with a Heart in Healthcare have collaborated on special exhibitions of artworks by pediatric patients in Northeast Florida. A Decade of Art with a Heart: Celebrating 10 Years of pARTnership, is a retrospective of select works from past exhibitions.
Click play on the video to see the full virtual opening of the show!
2019 Patient Art Show
This year's annual patient exhibition — "ANIMAL- Gamation" — was on display at Jacksonville's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) until December 8, 2019. It marks our ninth year of partnership with MOCA.
The exhibition is creatively entitled “ANIMAL-Gamation” — since the AWAHIH artists partnered with patients to create unique amalgamations of different animals! Patients explored their own life stories and identities in animal form by creating collages on canvas using paint, sand, feathers, pipe cleaners, gems, and much more. This thoughtful show encouraged introspection, inviting the patients to show some of their personality traits and characteristics by creating their own mythical creatures. The exhibition highlights the amazing qualities of sixteen remarkable patients.
Meet the Artists
“Art with a Heart in Healthcare is the reason I get out of my bed to play when I am in the hospital.”
“I like to bring my family together and be the peace maker”
“I chose to paint a dog because I am faithful, loyal, and a good friend.”
“I am a very, very outgoing person. I love being around big groups of people.”
Joshua "Junior", age 12
Anastasia, age 16
Madalyn, age 11
Desirae, age 12
See their artwork
2018 Patient Art Show
On display at Wolfson Children's Hospital
For this exhibition, A World of Their Own, AWAHIH posed this question to patients: "If you could create your own world... what would it look like?" In answering this question, patients explored their personalities, interests, and imagination. Then, collaborating with AWAHIH Artists-in-Residence, patients created a work of art showing the unique ways their dream world would look using a variety of art materials and techniques.
In his world, Preston Fowler, age 17, portrays sports symbols that are meaningful to him. There is an image of a jersey with the number 56 in his piece. This number belongs to Dante Fowler, a Jacksonville Jaguars football player Preston admires for many reasons such as their shared name. Preston is also a fan of the Gators and WWE.
“I want people to know what my life has been like and what I have been through”
- Preston Fowler, AWAH Patient Artist
The Dream Team logo in this piece represents his very own football team granted to him by the Dreams Come True organization. Preston aspires to write a story about his life because he says, “I want people to know what my life has been like and what I have been through”. He is incredibly strong and resilient, even after undergoing 51 surgeries since he was born. In his free time, Preston enjoys playing video games and playing with his niece and nephews.
Preston and other patient artists participating in A World of Their Own, sponsored by Capital Bank, partner with our artists-in-residence who bring out their natural talents and expand their art-making skills while promoting self-confidence and self-awareness during their hospital experience. Some patients take off on their own with little guidance and some work more one-on-one with our artists who guide them through the process of creating their unique piece.
2017 Patient Art Show
Another Side Revealed
(On display in OneCall Building 9th Floor)
Making a self-portrait is a way for children to express themselves and simultaneously boost their confidence and spirits. For Another Side Revealed, each artist started with a question,“If you could be anything, go anywhere, do anything ... what would it be?” In answering this question, patient artists rendered their self-portraits as they are and as they would be by exploring and conveying their personalities, stories, and imagination in a two-dimensional form. Each artist partnered with an Artist-in-Residence of AWAHIH, who help enhance their natural talents and expand their artistic expression while promoting self-confidence and self-awareness during their hospital experience. Another Side Revealed presents the vast variety of ways these artists would alter their worlds.