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May 16, 2014

Art sought for new Clayton medical center

Johnston Health is seeking art to hang on the walls in its outpatient center in Clayton.

The Johnston County Arts Council is assisting Johnston Health in selecting and buying works of original art for the 50 patient rooms and family waiting areas that are part of the ongoing construction at its outpatient center in Clayton. Hospital officials believe aesthetically pleasing works of art help create a restorative, calming and relaxing environment for patients, visitors and staff.

Johnston Health is looking for works that are either 16 by 20 inches or 18 by 24 inches and of media such as (but not limited to) acrylic, chalk, crayon, collage, watercolor or pen and ink suitable for framing under glass. All will be matted, framed and installed by Johnston Health.

Johnston County Arts Council will collect the entries at its office located at 1115 Industrial Park Drive, Smithfield. An art committee will select the entries based on artistic merit and suitability for patients and visitors. Preference will be given to artists who grew up in Johnston County or who now live or work in Johnston County. The artwork must be uplifting and inspiring. Artists may enter as many as five entries.

Johnston Health will pay $50 for each entry selected and will install a plaque next to each artwork with a short story of the artist’s inspiration for the work and his or her connection to Johnston County. It is also the intent of Johnston Health to publish a catalog that would include a scanned image of the artist’s work.

The selected artists will be invited to a preview party prior to the opening of the hospital’s new wing in January 2015.

A tour of the construction at Johnston Health Clayton will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, for artists who are interested in submitting artwork. Color samples and material swatches will be available.

Artwork must be submitted by June 20 to the Johnston County Arts Council. Artists will be notified by email or phone by July 11.

For more information contact Darlene Williford at 919 938-0306 or

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