Each year, Lexington Medical Center sponsors the “Art of Healing,” a student art competition in partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art for Lexington County high school students. Each student is asked to design a piece of artwork that best expresses a concept of the “Art of Healing.” Samples of the students’ artwork will be on display at the Columbia Museum of Art through March 9. Then, there will be a month-long display at Lexington Medical Center.
This is the fourth year of the “Art of Healing” competition. Judges this year were Steven Ford, owner of Steven Ford Interiors; Jane Przybysz, executive director of the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina; and Michael Story, fine artist.
A first place prize went to Courtney Amick of Chapin High School for “Derrick,” a photograph of a young boy who endured open heart surgery.
Holly McDermott of Irmo High School won second place.
Anna Schumann of Lexington High School won third place.
Juror’s Choice awards went to Megan Cooper of Lexington High School, Megan O’Neal of White Knoll High School and Chloe Threatt of White Knoll High School.
Honorable Mention awards went to Reese Denver of Dutch Fork High School, Abbey Romeo of Irmo High School and Taylor Stevenson of Lexington High School.
The work includes paintings, photographs and sculptures. Each student also wrote a description with background about each piece and how it depicts healing. Many of then shared inspirational personal stories of family members’ health challenges and recovery.
“We wanted to give students the opportunity to express their interpretation of “healing” through artwork,” said Barbara Willm, Vice President of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “And, we enjoy displaying their excellent projects at the Columbia Museum of Art and inside the hospital for our community to see.”
The Columbia Museum of Art is located at 1515 Main Street in Columbia. Call 803-799-2810 for more information.
The artwork will be on display in the North Entrance lobby of Lexington Medical Center beginning on March 11.