Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica is “bringing art and healing together in a completely unique way,” said a spokesman for the center.

When Saint John’s moves into its new state-of-the-art Howard Keck Diagnostic and Treatment Center next year, one feature will be the new Media Artwall.

Comprised of 16 50-inch video screens and more than 17 feet of digital display, the new Saint John’s Media Artwall, said to be the first digital art program of its kind, will provide a curatorial framework in which to display local community artwork, the spokesman said.

Saint John’s Health Center is inviting members of the community to join the hospital in creating this new environment of healing and from August 1st through September 30th Saint John’s is accepting submissions from emerging and established artists from the hospital and local community.

“Art carries a therapeutic message that can greatly enhance the healing environment,” said Marla Koosed, Saint John’s art program curator. “But instead of presenting art in a traditional manner, we have decided to stretch the boundaries and engage our visitors in a sensory experience.

“Our hope is that Saint John’s will be known for leading-edge care and for providing a soothing, therapeutic setting in which patients can heal faster.”

Selected artwork will be exhibited on the digital Media Artwall during the inaugural exhibition, which will take place next summer and will run for 12 weeks. The theme of the inaugural exhibition is “Spirit of Place.” Artwork submitted should reflect images of the region’s expansive, inherent beauty. This may include natural landscapes of Santa Monica, feeling of place, lifestyles or activities related to life in Santa Monica or abstract images. Accepted mediums include painting, drawing, photography and video.

With the digital Media Artwall as the exhibition design vehicle, artists may wish to consider how they would incorporate or modify existing work, or create new work to best engage viewers in this experience, suggested the spokesman.

The community is also invited to submit personal photographs for a photomosaic mural as part of the Media Artwall exhibition. The mural will be made up of thousands of small photographs of people in the community.

“Ongoing exhibitions of selected artwork will rotate throughout the year, so we will continuously be looking for new and innovative work from local artists,” said Koosed. “The Media Artwall will give viewers a sense of what the local community brings to the Saint John’s experience.”

Information on participating or submitting art, www.stjohnsart wall.com/ beginning August 1st.

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