UAMS Contest to Promote Healing Power of Art

By Ben Boulden

The contest is being held to celebrate National Mental Health Month in May. All art students and professional artists are invited to take part in the contest, with selected submissions to be deemed donated to the institute’s permanent art collection.

The institute recently opened a woman’s inpatient unit, and several of the pieces chosen in the contest will be permanently installed there. Prizes of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third will be awarded.

Paintings, drawings and photographs are eligible, but all entries must be suitable for use in a medical facility. Submissions must be 22-by-30 inches or larger. An 8-by-10-inch PDF or low-resolution photograph of the artwork should be submitted, along with the title, media and dimensions of the work. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on April 26. Entries should be submitted to Meredith Fraiser,

A reception will be held at UAMS on May 15 to publicly recognize the chosen submissions and award the winners.

For more information, call (501) 526-8166.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 790 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit or