Art Created and Donated with Healing Intent
original, appropriate art installed in the ceilings of adult cancer centers, providing visual escape and beautiful meditative focus through evidence-based design principles
The tiles are "visual love medicine" for the comfort and meditative healing focus of adults in life-threatening medical crisis. The images are not about "art therapy" but are theraputic art for your loved ones, friends, family, neighbors to gaze into and find moments of peace and beautiful escape during very stressful treatments and tests.
Research in the field of evidence-based design in health care has proven that only certain subject matter and styles of visual art are appropriate to produce positive patient outcomes in health care settings.
What is "appropriate" art for comforting and healing patients during clinical visits? Dark and Abstract..NOPE. Adults and children are both comforted by the same imagery? Sorry, the research says they are not. The imagery created by the talented artist healers of our community is designed for the highest benefit to the patient, what they need, what is healing for them. Our approach is grounded in the scientific research from the field of evidence-based design in healthcare over the past twenty years of study.
Dr. Roger Ulrich, PhD, former director and professor of Center of Health Systems and Design in the College of Architecture at Texas A & M University, has conducted numerous experiments in which he has measured the effects of art on medical outcomes.
In his groundbreaking Evidence-Based Design research, Dr. Ulrich makes the important distinction that not all visual art can benefit patients. Only "psychologically appropriate art" has the ability to benefit patients. "Psychologically appropriate art" benefits patients in health care settings by improving blood pressure, lowering anxiety, decreasing intake of pain medication and length of hospital stay. Dr. Ulrich's study also shows that some art styles aren't appropriate in the health care setting because they can have negative effects on patients. Imagery that benefits adults undergoing treatment is different than what provides benefits for children.
The original study finds that open, calm, nature-based scenes benefit adult patients most, and abstract, ambiguous art has adverse effects on all patients because it is ambiguous and left open to interpretations. This type of art is inappropriate for health care settings.
According to Ulrich's studies, scenes of of water and trees benefitted adult patients the most. However, not all "nature" is calming and beneficial. For instance, the picture of a forest used in the study did not significantly improve patients outcomes because patients thought the image was dark and crowded. Rectilinear abstract pictures fared the worst and actually made patients ill during the studies. Patients who viewed the abstract in the study were more anxious and initially took more pain drugs than the control groups.
Healing Ceilings requires that all artists create their painted tiles for donation based upon these findings as a guideline for imagery content, design, and color to encourage the most positive adult patient experience.
Surface Treatment - Preparing, Painting and Tools
Seal Tile with Gesso or Latex Paint - The blank tiles are 24" x 24" new, acoustic ceiling tiles.
They are ABSORBENT, and that is putting it mildly. They also have fine fissures. To paint the tiles, they require preparation with a water-based sealant: Acrylic Gesso or Acrylic Gesso with Modeling paste.
Smoother Surface with Modeling Paste - Gesso will require a few coats and the fissures will remain. The gesso with modeling paste can be knifed on and leveled to achieve a smoother work surface. Most artists just "work with" the texture and it has an "impressionistic" effect.
Note: When painted heavily, the tile may warp a bit when dry. To avoid the tile warping, try painting the back of tile with cheap left over latex=acrylic paint.
Paint with Acrylics - ABSOLUTELY No Oil Paint. Water-based ONLY for safety and health reasons!! We REQUIRE contributing artists to use water-based Acrylic Paints and will not accept tiles painted in anything other than water-based.
No mixed media art is allowed.
Nothing should be glued or attached to the surface of the tile (textiles, 3D objects etc). This is for safety and health reasons. Tiles will not be accepted if mixed media.
NOTE: The tiles are installed into ceilings 9-15 feet in the air, nothing should be on the surface of the tile that will become detached or attract extra dust over time.
Painted Ceiling Tile Specs
Our ceiling tile standard :
16-Pack 24-in x 24-in Textured Contractor Ceiling Tile Panel
Ideal for commercial applications such as hospitals, schools or offices
64 sq. ft. per carton (16 pieces per carton)
Has a Class A fire rating
Partially constructed of recycled material
The tiles are fragile! Do not pick up by the Corners.
The corners are the most vulnerable and should be protected during the entire process and when stored.
Corner break? Super Glue is the best repair method.
Again, Do not pick up the tile by the corners only, it will break.
When storing or transporting finished tiles, we suggest placing wax paper or craft paper between tiles to avoid paint loss or sticking.
When transporting multiple tiles, wrapping the tile in thin bubble wrap protects the tile and the paint.
“Hospitals are not museums to educate or entertain ... Patients who are certainly “challenged” enough by their health do not to want to be challenged further. Loyalty in healthcare art is not towards the Artist, or the field of the Arts, but towards the patient.”
Dr. Upali Nanda, PhD
Plant City, Florida Artist tile for Healing Ceilings
CT Scan Room installation, tiles by AdAm Peele of Raleigh
Artist Brenda Creel Parrick, NC
" In a stressful environment such as a hospital, ambiguity is not likely to be therapeutic."
Dr. Roger, Ulrich, PhD
Ann Boyer LePere
South Carolina Artist created with healing intent and donated to Healing Ceilings art-as-medicine mission
When someone you love has Cancer, you seek the best care and treatment available for them, so does Healing Ceilings.
Adult Talented Healling Artists Sought : The art of Healing Ceilings is designed and created to be as effectively and appropriately therapeutic as possible for the patient and professionally acceptable to the medical practice.
Imagery design requirements of the artists is from an evidence-based perspective. The therapeutic quality, intent and design of each tile is important to the ability of the imagery to visually comfort the patient and at the same time fit the professional medical environment of the facility.
We seek talented healing focused artists over the general age of 18 years of age. Artwork submitted by very young artists is not usually of the quality, appropriateness, or subject matter accepted by the adult cancer centers or beneficial to adult patients undergoing treatments. I encourage younger artists to learn more about evidence-based art and art therapy to share with pediatric centers in their communities.
However, the educational and artistic value of involving younger artists from time-to-time has been very valuable from creative, and community building standpoints. Healing Ceilings focus is providing appropriate, comforting art for adult cancer patients. We share evidence-based design in healthcare design research and resources and ask artists to use them as a conceptual and philosophical guideline for creating the most powerfully appropriate, healing art for the benefit of cancer patients in their communities.
Tiles Find Their Place, Patient Perspective, Location, Location, and Patient Perspective - Healing Ceilings submits donated painted tile imagery to cancer treatment centers as time, design and the negotiation approval schedules with cancer centers allow.
Health care facilities have the right to refuse installation of any tile donated. Groups of completed tiles are gathered for installation into facilities as supply, design and time are appropriate and schedules allow. Tiles have to find their"place" and every treatment room, exam room, waiting area, are different. While we make every attempt to install all appropriate tiles donated, we cannot guarantee acceptance and installation by any cancer center of any single or group of tiles.
Every type of treatment area has different needs. Areas where patients spend very long periods of treatment time require tiles that have imagery that is very calming, peaceful in style, content, and color. Color that is too vibrant is jarring, and may raise anxiety. Adult cancer patients undergoing treatments and exams are many times in a great deal of pain, physical and mental discomfort, and experiencing a high level of anxiety. They need serenity, calm, peace. Whimsical imagery, dark colors, ambiguous design in what they are visually exposed to is not therapeutic and can cause more harm than good.
Pieces of Eight artists Carol and Cindy load up Healing Ceiling tiles from Florida artists for Love Train Ride to NC!
Radiation Treatment Room installation, Rex Cancer Center, Raleigh, NC
Tiles by Raleigh, NC artist Adam Peele.