Burford Selection Committee Prepares for Hospital Gallery

January 10, 2011

Arkansas City - A portion of the Burford Center for the Arts selection committee toured the future South Central Kansas Medical Center last week to see first-hand the areas which will be set aside for the display of local artwork. Several areas have been designated for the initial exhibit including space within the cafeteria, waiting area, and administrative corridor.

The partnership between the hospital and the art center, named "Burford@SCKMC", offers an unconventional gallery for those interested in displaying and selling their creations. It will be up to a six member selection committee to determine what pieces will be showcased in the hospital.

Selection committee members include Luke Schmidt, Bob Foster, Karen Zeller, Sarah Stephenson, Dan Deener, and Charlotte Schmidt.

"We wanted community people to make the selections. We want them to make selections that appeal to the people and not academics," said Judi Groves, Artist in Education and Visual Arts Director for the Burford Center for the Arts.

Hospital CEO Steve Perkins believes the project is a unique opportunity to bring art to those who may not visit a gallery.

"My goal is to expand our quality of life in the county, and art is a key part of our quality of life," Perkins said.

A call for entries is currently underway and the committee hopes to make its first selection within the next few weeks and have the artwork in place for the hospital's opening in early March. The committee will then change the selections quarterly.

"Initially we mailed out the call for entries within the area, but that doesn't mean it couldn't extend. We are receiving calls from people who have family or friends outside the area who might want to be featured as well," Groves said.

Artists interested in submitting their work for consideration should contact Groves and the Burford Center for the Arts at (620) 442-5895 or e-mail judig_dac@sbcglobal.net for more information. Digital images of entries are preferred.

(Photo): Steve Perkins, SCKMC CEO, discusses the placement of local artwork with selection committee members Bob Foster, Charlotte Schmidt, Luke Schmidt, and Visual Arts Director for the Burford Center for the Arts, Judi Groves, while standing in the new hospital's waiting area.