Arts and Medicine

Did You Know? ART HEALS

Research has demonstrated the connection between art and healing. Different studies show a correlation between reductions in pain, better outcomes, less anxiety and shorter length of stay when art is a part of the patient experience.

Our Mission

  • To create a healing environment for patients, families, associates and community visitors through engagement with art.
  • To encourage personal expression that promotes wellness through encounters with different mediums of art.
  • To collaborate with community partners to develop increased knowledge regarding the relationship between art and healing.

Visual Arts

Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas has 491 pieces of art, most of which are hanging in public spaces. Fifty six pieces are original art that were purchased from 24 artists currently residing in Central Texas or with ties to this community. Walking Tours will be held each month to learn more about these original pieces of art and the artists. Art mediums of our collection include mosaic, photography, mixed media, acrylic on canvas, watercolor, print, pastel and oil on canvas.

Performing Arts

performing arts iconPerformance Art happens weekly at Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas. During the 1st, 2nd and 4th week of the month, there is a performance in the lobby by various community artists.

To launch Arts and Medicine in July 2017, performers include classical guitarists Tony Morris and Mark Cruz accompanied by percussionist James Fenner from Classic Guitar Alive – Music in Medicine; and classical music from Austin Symphony harpist Elaine Barber and flutist Megan Meisenback from Symphony of Soul and jazz guitarist Margaret Slovak also from Symphony of Soul.

On the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. there is a performance in the Chapel. Inspiring music from various spiritual traditions is performed in this “Soul Song” program such as Celtic music with harp and flute performed by the duo Chaski.

Art in Your Room

Art enlivens the spirit and enhances patient experience. Patients and families at Dell Ascension Seton Medical Center can request a Chaplain Resident to bring art kits, poetry and/or music to patient rooms for experiences in expressive arts. Just contact Chaplain Services if you desire more information.

For information about the program or to obtain a monthly calendar of events, email us or contact a Chaplain.