Young hospital patients exhibit work at Museum of Contemporary Art


Art With a Heart in Healthcare continues its partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art for the 11th year with an exhibition titled “Behind the Mask.”

Young hospital patients from Northeast Florida communicated their thoughts through highly personalized artwork during a time when they all had to learn to communicate differently.

While collaborating with Art With a Heart artists-in-residence, the patients created digital self-portraits behind a unique mask, allowing them to express themselves and process the events of the past year.

Patients used Procreate, a graphics app on tablets to create the self-portraits. Once completed, patients added dot patterns and quote bubbles to enhance their art in a style inspired by the artist Roy Lichtenstein. Quote bubbles show what the patient is saying or thinking.

Each patient and artist-in-residence worked together to bring out their natural talents and expand their artistic expression while encouraging self-confidence and self-awareness during their hospital experience.

A virtual opening reception and event for the exhibition is open to the public and will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12. Guests will hear from patients, artists-in-residence and program sponsors, with an opportunity to participate in a virtual tour of the exhibition.

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For a private tour and to visit the exhibit in person, contact Gary Monahan, the museum’s assistant director of development, at The exhibition is sponsored by Florida Blue Foundation.

Art With a Heart in Healthcare is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing fine art experiences in a hospital setting to enhance the healing process for patients and their families.