Provena Patient Renovation and Modernization Project

By on March 3, 2012

AURORA—Evidence-based research suggests that appropriate visual art can have a healing effect on patients by reducing anxiety and potentially leading to less medication and shorter hospital stays.

Aurora’s Provena Mercy Medical Center is currently seeking original artwork from Illinois artists for display in the 2012 Patient Renovation and Modernization Project. With half of the patient rooms complete in January 2012, the 90-room renovation project is set for completion in fall of 2012.

Submitted artwork will be reviewed by a selection committee who will choose up to 30 works of art deemed appropriate for a healing environment. The hospital will seek donors to purchase the selected work directly from the artist for donation to the hospital. Artists are asked to submit art valued between $300-$2,500 each. In the event that no donor can be found for a selected piece of art, the artists have the option to donate the piece to Provena Mercy Medical Center, or retain the piece as part of their own collection.

Artists may submit up to five .jpg images of art no larger than two megabytes each they would like considered for this project. Artwork must be unframed and is not to exceed the maximum overall dimensions of 24” wide by 40” high. All entries must be submitted via e-mail to by Thursday, March 15.

Artwork submission forms are available on or at the Provena Mercy Medical Center Foundation office, located at 1325 North Highland Ave. in the general hospital. For more information, please call (630) 801-2663.

Artists will be notified of selection by April 15. A reception showcasing the purchased art will be held on June 15, for the artists and the donors. The art donations will be displayed with both the artist and the donor’s names listed on the plaque adjacent to it.