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Students’ Artwork Acquired for Hospital Collection

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Author: Kenneth Mullinax and Hazel Scott

Release Date: May 03, 2018

Two Alabama State University Students will have their artwork displayed in a local hospital.

Members of the Jackson Hospital Foundation have acquired works of art created by two Alabama State University students

Jamie Harris of Notasulga, Ala., and Tessa Tallakson of Opelika, Ala., both students in ASU's College of Visual and Performing Arts, will have their works added to the hospital's permanent art collection.

Called the "Healing Arts Collection," Jackson Hospital's artwork has acquired a lot of public recognition for the outstanding collection of original paintings, sculptures and multimedia works of art, which it has purchased during the last few years. Now it is looking to its neighbor, ASU, to purchase art created by its students.

The president of the Jackson Hospital Foundation, Janet McQueen, along with two judges from its Foundation's board, selected two paintings to add to the hospital’s unique art program that turns its hallways into a 24-hour art museum.
"This opportunity came about due to my personal artistic involvement with Jackson Hospital,” said Elana Hagler, assistant professor in the ASU Department of Visual Arts. “They already have my painting ‘Tajma’ in their collection, and I recently completed a pastel commission of their longtime administrator, Dr. Don Ball.”

Hagler said that while working as an artist on commission for Jackson Hospital, she and members of its Foundation discussed the idea of utilizing some of the exceptional artwork created by the students at Alabama State University, and today the concept is reality.

“We are grateful for the Jackson Hospital Foundation's support of our students and hope to continue working together to benefit both our students and Jackson Hospital's patients who have drawn much needed comfort from the art that is found in the hospital's hallways," Hagler said.
McQueen and the judges critiqued multiple pieces created by ASU students at the Tullibody Fine Arts Center before narrowing down the selection to the two works that will hang in the hospital’s halls.
The two paintings chosen for the collection include a comfortable living room scene, as well as an African-American man having brunch.
Jamie Harris  created the brunch piece, which focuses on something relaxing with fashion.
Tessa Tallakson of Opelika focused her skills on the living room piece with its tidy and warm interior.
This is the first time the Jackson Hospital Foundation has acquired pieces from ASU.

About Jackson Hospital Foundation’s Healing Art Collection

The Jackson Hospital Foundation’s Healing Art collection has grown steadily since the 2008 acquisition of 15 paintings from the Montgomery Art Guild/First Alabama (now Regions) Bank show and competition. Former Foundation board chairman Laura Harmon and foundation president Janet McQueen secured the placement of these iconic paintings by noted Montgomery artists through the cooperation of both entities.

The two were soon joined in the quest for additional art by Katherine Gayden, whose father, Jimmie Sabel, had also served on the foundation board decades earlier. An artist himself who actively championed the local art community, Sabel envisioned businesses like Jackson Hospital filled with local art. It is a dream that came true with a collection that now numbers more than 260 pieces by 175 artists and photographers in the River Region.

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