Nature-inspired art will adorn new YVMC addition, renovations |

Nature-inspired art will adorn new YVMC addition, renovations

Noyes Art Design worked to design four artistic pieces for niches at Saint Anthony North Hospital in Denver. The group is working with YVMC to design artwork for the hospital's new addition and renovations.
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— Local artists have until an extended deadline of Friday to submit proposals for nature-inspired art installations that will become part of Yampa Valley Medical Center’s upcoming Cancer Care Treatment Center and Outpatient Pavilion project.

The hospital committee is working with Noyes Art Design of Englewood to identify interested artists, and the company is hopeful numerous local artists can be featured in the permanent exhibit.

President and lead designer Nancy Noyes said the exhibit will create harmony in the facility using nature-based themes, a method recognized as effective in creating soothing, healing spaces.

“Most of the evidence-based design would indicate that nature is probably the most recommended theme in a hospital, but we don’t think that necessarily means all framed photographs of nature,” Noyes said. “We try to bring texture and dimension in.”

As a designer for 37 years, Noyes has a wealth of experience designing installations for healthcare facilities, which she said make up more than 95 percent of the work she has done.

“Our general approach is that we work around the concept of the constructive healing cycle and the concept that placement is as important as selection,” Noyes said. “We place (the art) in a flow so that it creates the same kind of harmony in the facility that is found in nature in its most balanced state.”

Studies have shown incorporating specific types of artwork into hospital settings can have a calming effect, particularly if the artwork is of a landscape or nature scene.

“There’s been a lot of studies done on the types of work that are positive and improve people’s health, and nature probably shows the greatest evidence for helping to heal,” said Liz Finegan, executive director of YVMC’s Healthcare Foundation.

Noyes said the art for the YVMC project should draw from nature but could be displayed using various artistic mediums, including oil-based paintings, reproduced prints and art on wood, metal, acrylic and stone, as well as sculptures.

“The mission actually is to inspire all of the patients and the visitors and the employees and the whole community to see art and take in the values of YVMC,” Finegan said.

Finegan said the committee working on the project is comprised of people from the community — a physician, a nurse, a YVMC employee, herself and Ellen Campbell, a YVMC fundraising associate who will work closely with the artists.

Noyes said the organization contacted seven artists about submitting proposals and have received 10 more from local artists.

Campbell and Noyes Art Designs will partner to hold an event Jan. 12 at Catamount to introduce artists and Noyes designers to community members who might consider sponsoring an artist’s commission or making a donation to the project or art for a particular area of the hospital.

The hospital is also open to accepting donations of art, Finegan said.

For more information and requirements for submitting proposals for art, visit

For more information about submitting work, call Noyes Designs at 303-332-8838, or email

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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