For nearly 25 years, the halls of U-M’s University Hospital and Taubman Center have been lined with nine galleries of paintings, fine crafts and other rotating exhibits of works by artists from Michigan and beyond. Chosen by the U-M Health System’s Gifts of Art program, the exhibits help soothe, distract, entertain and enlighten patients, visitors and staff – relieving stress and creating a welcoming environment. Sales of many works help fund the other Gifts of Art programs, including musical performances in the hospital, art projects for patients and staff, and the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.
This fall, the works of former Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs Robert Kelch are among those on display. Retirement has given Kelch much more time and energy to devote to his lifelong interest in photography. He especially enjoys photographing beautiful scenes, animals and objects during his many travels around his home in South Haven.