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The Gibbes Museum of Art and Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Present the Art of Healing

(Charleston, South Carolina) –The Gibbes Museum of Art has partnered with Roper St. Francis to create a series of events and a new hospital-based art program to highlight the connection between art and healing. The Art of Healing will include conversations, panel discussions and also a new initiative that will provide art to aid in the healing of patients who must spend extended periods of time at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital.

The idea for the Art of Healing program at Roper Rehabilitation Hospital began several years ago when local composer and artist Richard Moryl was a patient in the rehab unit under the care of Jeb Hallett, MD, Roper Vascular Care. Richard mentioned to his wife, Artistic Director Emeritus for the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Ellen Dressler Moryl, that being surrounded by art would raise his spirits. “People don’t smile enough in hospitals,” Richard Moryl said. With several of his paintings displayed on the walls, the hospital felt more like home. “When it comes to healing, I don’t think you can beat art,” he explained. Dr. Hallett agreed and an initiative to bring art to Roper St. Francis patients was born. “Art can help transport a patient’s attention away from their pain or condition to produce more positive emotions. The art being provided through this wonderful Gibbes program will be a means of expanding our patient’s thoughts and interests, leading to improved mental and physical health,” says Dr. Hallett.

Patients in the Rehabilitation Hospital can be hospitalized for weeks. Now, when they are checking-in to Roper Rehabilitation Hospital, they will be able to choose from an array of beautiful artwork created by ten local artists. Participating artists include: Rick Reinert, Richard Hagerty, Brianna Stello, Lese Corrigan, Lynne Riding, Mary Edna Fraser, Brenda Orcutt, Austin Ball, Fletcher Derrick and Karen Ann Myers. The styles are as varied as the artists themselves, offering patients the choice of still life’s, portraits, landscapes, and abstract paintings. During the admissions process, patients will be able to choose a work of art to hang in their room for the duration of their stay.

“We are excited about partnering with the renowned Charleston medical community to connect art and medicine through the Art of Healing program,” says Gibbes Museum of Art Executive Director, Angela Mack.

Programs and Events: In addition to the hospital-based program, Art of Healing, has and will continue to sponsor related conversations and panels.

May 30, 6pm: A conversation and cocktails with Dr. Jeb Hallett, David Rawle, Carl Palazzolo, and Dr. Joseph John Jr. around the Spoleto Watercolors exhibition
$20 Members, $30 Non-Members
For details and to purchase tickets, please visit:, or call 843.722.2706 x 21

Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905 in historic Charleston, S.C. The Gibbes houses one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The Gibbes is currently undergoing major renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The renovated museum will properly showcase its extensive collections and will feature an admission-free ground floor, providing a place to watch artists at work in studios and stroll through a world-class garden.

135 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC | 29401