UMCP Hosts Artist's Reception for Exhibit by Armando Sosa

Aug 29, 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.

University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) will host a wine and cheese reception on Friday, September 9, honoring artist Armando Sosa and his hand-woven tapestries on display in the hospital's Art for Healing Gallery.

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.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at by September 2.

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.

The exhibit, titled Weaving Threads & Dreams: Tapestries by Armando Sosa, will remain on display until October 30.

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 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. Artworks in the gallery are available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the hospital.

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