Art for Healing—UMCP to Exhibit Photographs by Thomas Francisco

Mar 2, 2016
Iris (above) is among the photographs by Thomas Francisco to be displayed at University Medical Center of Princeton through July 5.

University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) will host a wine and cheese reception on Friday, March 18, to mark the opening of Cultivating Beauty, an exhibit featuring works by Cranford photographer and fine artist Thomas Francisco.

The reception is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Art for Healing Gallery, which is located in the concourse connecting UMCP to the Medical Arts Pavilion and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center.

To attend, please RSVP at by March 11.

Attendees should park in Lot V1 at the front of the hospital and use the East Entrance. (Facing the hospital's glass façade, the East Entrance is to the right.) Once inside, attendees will be greeted and directed to the gallery.

Mr. Francisco, a member of the Princeton Artists Alliance, is widely recognized for his work in photography, graphic design and fine art. He has received awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts; the Montclair Arts Festival; the American Society of Media Photographers, New Jersey chapter; the New Jersey Ad Club; the Art Directors Club of New Jersey; the Art Directors Club of New York; the International Advertising Festival; Print Magazine Annual Awards Show; The One Show/New York; and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).

In 2015, his work was featured in the America, Through Artists' Eyes exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum.

Mr. Francisco's photographs are also included in the permanent Art for Healing collection at UMCP. The collection was acquired over several years, and the works are displayed throughout the hospital as part of the Art for Healing program. Research shows that viewing art can alleviate anxiety and stress, reduce blood pressure, shorten hospital stays and even limit the need for pain medication.

The Art for Healing Gallery, made possible by a generous donation from Princeton Anesthesia Services, features exhibits from artists who have pieces in the Art for Healing collection. Mr. Francisco's photographs will remain on display from March 7 through July 5. The artworks are available for purchase, and 20 percent of the proceeds benefit UMCP's Art for Healing program.

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