• Melissa Olson

Employee Art Show gives Michigan Medicine staff, volunteers, students chance to shine


Michigan Medicine staff and physicians are well-known for their clinical and research skills. At the Employee Art Show, however, they are able to exhibit lesser-known talents. The health system’s Gift of Arts Program takes art submissions from faculty, staff, students, volunteers and their family members for its annual show.

It’s amazing to see the art my fellow colleagues produce outside of work! To see photos of the 2018 winning pieces, or learn more about the role art plays at Michigan Medicine, visit the Gifts of Art site here.

I was able to sit down for lunch with Fabric Artist Zandra Kunzelman, who won both Best in Show and the People’s Choice Award for her quilt-work titled Todd. Zandra has worked at Michigan Medicine for 19 years, currently in the Radiology Department. This is her second time entering the show.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for people to show their artwork,” said Zandra (pictured left). “It’s also something for patients to do and see.” Her piece, Todd, is made of fused fabric that requires a lot of intensely detailed cutting and sewing. She chose to use a Laura Heinz pattern of a fox because it reminded her of the times she has watched the movie “Fox and the Hound” with her children and grandchildren.

Zandra was overwhelmed to win both of this year’s top awards. “To have strangers like and appreciate something you enjoy doing makes you feel really good!”

Above: Elaine Sims, Julie Piazza, me and Kathi Talley

My friends in the Gifts of Art Program - Visual Arts Coordinator Kathi Talley, Director Elaine Sims, and their colleagues - do an amazing job facilitating this art show and so many other wonderful programs.

This art exhibit will be on display until December 7 in the Gifts of Art Gallery, Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1, open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. every day.

(left) Painting Winner: Harriet by Merideth Sauvé, Nursing Clerical Services, with Shon Dwyer, Executive Director, University Hospital & Frankel Cardiovascular Center.


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