Any patient or visitor exploring the halls of Miami County Medical Center may suddenly find themselves surrounded by magnificent works of art.
That’s because the medical center, through its partnership with the Miami County Arts Coalition, has housed the Reflections Art Gallery since 2015.
The gallery is prominently located near the inpatient wing. The initial goal was not only to provide local artists with a new venue to exhibit their art, but also to provide hospital patients and their families with a peaceful space that will help restore well-being. emotional and spiritual that leads to physical well-being. and healing, according to a press release issued after the gallery opened.
The gallery has also become a place where some of the region’s most talented student artists can exhibit their work. The gallery usually hosts the Next Generation student exhibition in January and February each year. The exhibit features artwork created by students from several local high schools, and students are then honored with a reception in March.
Earlier this year, Deanna Morgan and the Paola High School Art Department received the Mary Ann Grimes Next Generation Travel Trophy at a celebration of local high school artists at Town Square Event Design.
Morgan and Paola’s Art Department received the Traveling Trophy and a $500 check for being selected for Outstanding Public School Art Department.
Miami County Art Students submitted 53 works of art.
Paul Luce, vice president of operations at Miami County Medical Center, said that in addition to the student exhibit, the gallery typically presents at least two other exhibits throughout the year.