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Spring 2022

Clinical Center Fine Art Program helps promotes healing environment

Painting by James Terrell
Painting by James Terrell titled “We are Family”

Do you know you don’t necessarily need to go to an art gallery to see fine art?

Since 1984, the Clinical Center Fine Art Program (CCFAP) has displayed carefully selected works in common areas, patient care areas and galleries throughout the Clinical Center. Patients, NIH employees and visitors all benefit from the stimulating, hope-filled pieces that promote healing in an aesthetically pleasing environment.

While working on a D.C. community project, organizers were introduced to a new group of local, more diverse artists. Some of these artists will be shown in the 2022 lineup. Art allows people to express emotions, commemorate history, expose injustices, overcome obstacles and gain an understanding of the world around them.

So the next time you are walking down the halls of the Clinical Center - look at the art! Hopefully you will be stimulated and inspired.

The exhibits change quarterly. Featured artists for 2022 include:

Shelley Lowenstein’s Beta Cells were on display through the first week of April. Her goal is to use art as a bridge between scientists and lay audiences to raise awareness and understanding about the life-giving beta cells in our bodies. Her studio is in Mt. Rainier, Md. More information.

Marie Amegah will exhibit her digital prints from April through June. Her work includes themes of immigration, identity, queer storytelling, nostalgia and human connection.

Halimah Smith will be exhibiting April through June. She is the only artist in this list not local to D.C. Her primary mission is to uplift and celebrate black people and culture. Through sales of her art, she has been able to donate funds to expand the learning day for low-income children.

Rose Jaffe will exhibit April through June. She is a D.C. native, talented printmaker and muralist. Her work is vibrant and often playful, with themes of political activism, natural healing and spiritual grounding.

James and Zsudayka Terrell will exhibit in two galleries October through January 2023. James’s painting, which was commissioned for Community of Hope’s Family Health and Birth Center in Northeast D.C., can be viewed on instagram. James is also a musician and frequently explores musical themes in his artwork. Zsudayka is doing a 60 ft. mural of larger-than-life figures for the Community of Hope. Zsudayka is passionate about having a Family Health and Birth Center in their neighborhood.

Information about the CCFAP and to view the current exhibit online (NIH Staff Only).

-Debbie Accame

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