VCU Health NAP Exhibit is Building Connections Through Art

‘The Messiest Nun’ by Sister Lea Lahoud; Intermediate, Honorable Mention; Works on Paper; Employee; Pastoral Care
It has been an incredible thirteen year run with coordinator P. Muzi Branch and the VCU Health community. Since 2005 Philip “Muzi” Branch has been hanging enormous NAP Exhibits in their busy Gateway Building. Muzi commented that, “the employees, volunteers, retirees and their family members look forward to this event every summer and the patients and staff truly enjoy viewing the artwork. The exhibit is a wonderful respite for everyone as they navigate the healthcare facility and deal with the anxiety of doctor visits and hospital stays.”
This year it was an impressive showing of talent with a total of 185 artworks hung. The awards ceremony was well attended and as an added bonus each and every winner was present to accept their awards and cash prizes personally. Even the very youngest winner at only 2 & ½ years old. 
This annual exhibit not only helps to build connections within the hospital setting, but it assists in building a stronger community with their other healthcare facilities by attracting artists from all different VCU locations.  This year’s show included first time entries from both the new VCU Community Memorial Hospital located in South Hill and the Children’s Hospital Out-Patient Clinic in Fredericksburg.  
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