Tapestries by Armando Sosa Exhibited at University Medical Center of Princeton

Aug 9, 2016
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Ramesses' Eagle (pictured above) is one of the tapestries on exhibit at University Medical Center of Princeton's Art for Healing Gallery through October 30.

An exhibit of tapestries by Armando Sosa—whose hand-woven artwork employs imagery from civilizations spanning several centuries and the entire globe—is now on display at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP).

The exhibit, titled Weaving Threads & Dreams: Tapestries by Armando Sosa, can be found 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.

Mr. Sosa, who last year became the first-ever recipient of the Folk Arts Master Artist Award by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, designs and weaves brilliantly colored tapestries that present themes and images of Guatemala—where the artist grew up—mining the memories from his own childhood and traditions that date back to the Mayan civilization in the pre-Columbian Americas.

His work also reflects the influence of African textiles, European Jacquard pattern weaving and details from Renaissance tapestries.

Mr. Sosa's tapestries have been exhibited in studios, galleries, schools, museums and various public and corporate buildings throughout New Jersey, and they are included in the permanent art collection at UMCP. The collection was acquired over several years, and the artworks are displayed throughout the hospital as part of the Art for Healing program. Research shows that viewing art can help 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 local artists on a rotating basis. The artworks in the gallery are available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the hospital.

Weaving Threads & Dreams: Tapestries by Armando Sosa will remain on display through October 30.

An artist's reception to celebrate the exhibit will be held September 9. Details will be announced later this summer.

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