November 2015 
Healthcare Art Report

It's November (already!) and we at Distinctive Art Source are looking forward to welcoming clients and colleges to our hometown during the 2015 Healthcare Design conference. While Washington DC is not specifically our home, it is a place we enjoy regularly and is as close as many of you may get to Manassas, VA.

Hometowns and Thanksgiving go together like peanut butter and jelly and so my thoughts travel from welcoming you to D.C. to being grateful for all of the hometowns we have been welcomed into. 
Today I express my / our gratitude toward the many people we've had the honor to work with this year and in years past. For over 13 years we have been welcomed into your hospitals, onto your committees and into your communities. While as clients you enrich us, your communities teach us. You present us with artful challenges that offer endless opportunities for growth both personally and professionally, for which we remain most grateful.
We thank you for inviting us into your world, and for trusting us to help bring your healthcare art visions to life.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and to your families!  

Barbara Harriman, IIDA  
President/Creative Director
Distinctive Art Source
Cherokee Indian Hospital Opens: It Belongs to You

Distinctive Art Source is excited to be a part of the opening of the new Cherokee Indian Hospital in Cherokee, NC. The 150,000 square foot facility was officially unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 15 and will open its doors for patients on Monday, November 16.
"We believe that we can serve our community better than anyone else and we are committed to that goal," CEO Casey Cooper said. "Our tribal leadership has committed resources to improving the lives of our tribal members and this new facility is another example of that commitment. We believe that the new building will help us foster an environment of wellness so our patients don't just come to us when they are sick, they come to us as friends and partners in wellness."

The $82 million facility was completely planned, constructed and funded by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. It truly is a hospital built by the people, for the people. And they captured that sentiment with a theme for the hospital that states, "It Belongs to You."

"Our new hospital is centered around our community, centered around our care and comfort, but, most importantly, centered around our shared Cherokee values - values of spirituality, values of group harmony, values of strong individual character, a strong connection to the land, honor of our past, education of our children, and always possessing a sense of humor," said Principal Chief Patrick Lambert.

For the Eastern Band of Cherokee, the hospital is not simply a place for medical care, but it's a bastion of culture and its approach to holistic healing. The art program is designed to support this position and to honor and celebrate the Eastern Band of Cherokee culture. Multi media dimensional artwork featuring both traditional and contemporary works by Eastern Band of Cherokee artists can be found throughout the hospital.

Traditional Cherokee weaving patterns are seen in contemporary wall weavings and baskets. "Inspired by the beauty of the new hospital facility and the sincere efforts of the administration to create a space which will cater to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the Eastern Band of Cherokee community they serve, this basket is a reflection of traditional and modern approaches for healing," says artist Shan Goshorn of her paper basket wall weaving entitled "Making Medicine."

The art program also features an impressive 50'-0" long display of the Cherokee language. 85 canvases, each featuring one Syllabary character were printed and stretched and shared with the Eastern Band of Cherokee schools, Cultural Council, elders, hospital staff, local artists and families who embellished the canvases with traditional EBCI patterns, legends, medicinal plants, sacred trees and animals. The result was a beautiful wall of color texture and pattern that now leads visitors into the dining area.

Riverside Health System Seeks Local Art for New Medical Campus
Attention artists living or working on the Eastern Shore of Virginia: Distinctive Art Source recently released the following Call for Artists on behalf of Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital.
Riverside's focus on the communities it serves applies not only to offering as many local services as possible, but also to honoring what makes those communities special. As construction progresses on the medical campus in the Onley/Onancock area, Riverside is asking local artists to submit samples of their work to be selected to be displayed in the public and patient areas of the campus.
Research has determined that art in healthcare spaces can have a therapeutic effect, helping to inspire, soothe and relieve stress. Featuring works by local artists provides interpretations of familiar landscapes, seascapes and local subject matter through the eyes of those who live in the area.
Artists currently living or working on the Eastern Shore will be given first consideration, followed by Hampton Roads area artists, Virginia artists and others.
Submittals are due by November 20, 2015 to Carolyn Gialluca at Distinctive Art Source, 7900 Sudley Road, Suite 120, Manassas VA 20109, 703-956-1946 or [email protected].  All submittals must go to Distinctive Art Source; none will be accepted at any Riverside facility or email address.

Barbara Harriman Receives Award at Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo
Barbara Harriman, Distinctive Art Source president, is honored to be the recipient of the Individual Award, which was presented at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo in Chicago in October. She received the award for her leadership in the field of healthcare art and her work as a pioneer in providing customized patient- and evidence-based art programs for healthcare facilities.
Harriman has 28 years of experience in healthcare art consulting, and a broad background that includes work in commercial interior design, contract administration, lighting, and mechanical and electrical design. In addition, she is a national speaker in the healthcare industry, having delivered presentations at a number of conferences, including the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo.
Harriman describes creative projects as having their "own personality and energy," and notes that creating a successful, evidence-based, facility-oriented and patient-appropriate art program means becoming a part of this energy. She notes that her favorite task as creative director is identifying the uniqueness of each facility and guiding the art program along a creation path that visually interprets this individuality.

A Word from Our Client

"Barbara's attention to detail and her energy to follow through on details made her stand out. She brought great ideas, creativity and valuable relationships to our project. Children's hospitals tend to overdesign and over theme, but the art is harmonious with the rest of the building - it complements the interior design and wayfinding design concept of a 'Hospital within a Garden.' With regard to our vision - we hit it out of the park! More importantly, we were on time and on budget."

Michael S. Cluff, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Facility Planning, Corporate Facilities, Nemours
See you at Healthcare Design!
Distinctive Art Source is looking forward to attending the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference in Washington, DC. November 14-17, 2015. If you will be at the conference, please stop by our booth #1529 to say hello!
About Distinctive Art Source

Distinctive Art Source is one of only two premiere healthcare art consultancies working exclusively in healthcare in the U.S. We believe that thoughtfully developed art programs contribute to a positive patient experience. Our work goes beyond evidence-based design and patient-centered care. We help clients create customized art programs with innovative art solutions that tell the story of their community, reflect unique facility goals, foster mutually-beneficial relationships and support an integrated visual experience that is both dynamic and distinctive.


Our turnkey solutions range from goal development through installation. And our art resources are unlimited. DAS connects clients with hundreds of artists throughout the country to enable hospitals to conceptualize, visualize and realize the goals of their art programs.


Established in 2003, Distinctive Art Source has served a pivotal role in creating patient-based art programs in millions of square feet of hospital space. We are honored to work closely with some of the nation's most renowned healthcare architects, designers and artists. Our firm's architectural background allows the creation of the art program to blend seamlessly into existing architectural processes, keeping projects on time and within budget.



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