The comfort people feel at Roswell Park is produced in large part by the dedicated professionals who care for patients every day. But it is also a result of the enhanced environment created by Roswell Park’s extensive art collection.
Established in 2001 under the leadership of Nancy Jewett, the Roswell Park Alliance Art Committee built upon the art collection developed by Jean Knox, a longtime Roswell Park benefactor. Since that time, more than 1600 works of art have been installed in the hospital.
The all-volunteer art committee is charged with coordinating every aspect of soliciting, selecting, installing and maintaining the artwork displayed at Roswell Park. Its members include artists, patrons of the arts, museum curators, community leaders, benefactors, family members and friends of Roswell Park patients – all united in the belief that art can play a powerful role in the healing process.
The Art Committee has been able to continue its mission to collect fine works for the permanent collection through the continued support of our donors. This artwork provides a sense of comfort, hope and the power of healing to those who are fighting cancer and all who walk through our doors.
“The members of the Art Committee are committed to easing a tiny bit of the challenge patients, family, friends, as well as staff, face when confronted with a diagnosis of cancer,” said RoseAnn Berardi, co-chair of the Art Committee. “We believe that we all search for meaning in our lives, and our hope is that the art we select will connect with people in some of the same ways that good friends do, quietly giving comfort when called upon. We try our best to offer a broad range of styles and media because we know that each person is unique, and that is a wonderful thing.”
With Western New York’s rich cultural heritage, Roswell Park’s collection is a testament to the quality of the visual arts legacy apparent in our region. Many of the artists represented in the collection have exhibited their work locally, nationally and internationally.
If you are interested in making a donation to this project, please contact the Major Gifts Department at 716-845-1338. Financial support in any amount is greatly appreciated, and you can take great pride in knowing that your contributions will ensure that patients continue to experience a warm, welcoming environment.