Last year’s remodeling of the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital lobby left blank walls and a unique opportunity to connect with the community in creating a more welcoming space.
“We thought it would be a great idea to have a rotating art exhibit, featuring local artists, particularly artists who depict the kinds of animals that we treat here at the hospital,” said Sally Hensley, Equine and Livestock Client Services. “Our goal was to brighten up the waiting area by partnering with community artists and providing them with a place to show their work.”
The VTH Art Committee meets every few months to select and schedule exhibits. Most artists are chosen by invitation, though the art committee also considers any submissions and suggestions for possible future shows. Currently on display are paintings by local artist Paul Morgan.
Morgan has lived in rural Northern Colorado for more than 35 years and draws his inspiration from his surroundings. Morgan developed an appreciation for working dogs, horses, and livestock while employed on ranches in Wyoming, Nevada and Oregon. He paints what he knows and paints from his heart. His works featuring people, animals, and western landscapes will hang in the VTH lobby throughout April.
VTH clients, visitors, and staff members have come to appreciate the rotating art exhibit. Some people even stop into the VTH just to check out the new displays.
“While we don't handle any artwork sales here at the veterinary hospital, many of the works are for sale by contacting the artist directly,” Hensley said. “Many of the artists have a connection to the VTH, and in the past several of the artists have donated a portion of their sales to the hospital.”