Toby Cosgrove, MD and Joanne Cohen, Director and Curator of the Art Program 2006-2020. Photo: © 2010 Robert Muller


Cleveland Clinic is dedicated to patient care, research and education. Our mantra is “Patients First.” We are proud to be at the leading edge of art and science in the service of patient care and the advancement of medicine.

We know that works of art can enhance the patient environment when carefully chosen and thoughtfully curated. Artworks lend comfort, beauty and wit to the environment. They promote innovation by challenging our ways of seeing. Above all, they assert the strength of our humanity in the face of sickness and misfortune.

The Art Program of Cleveland Clinic endeavors to provide a museum-quality art experience for patients, visitors and personnel at all our facilities. The Art Program and Arts & Medicine teams in the Art + Design Institute promote healing through the visual arts, music, performance and creative therapy programs.

Art Program curators select and commission works of art that complement the design aesthetic of our public and clinical spaces. These hardworking individuals are responsible for the more than 7,000 pieces of artwork in our collection. They manage donated art and are responsible for the site-specific works that have enlivened our largest interiors. Working with limited resources, they have assembled a remarkable collection that pleases, comforts and challenges millions of patients and visitors every year.

We are honored that our efforts to integrate art with patient care are recognized by the generous benefactors who donate artwork and funds to expand our collection. We also appreciate the artists who continue to enrich our lives with their work.

Toby Cosgrove, MD
CEO and President (2004-2017), Cleveland Clinic


Throughout its history, Cleveland Clinic has been at the forefront of exploring different methods of positively affecting patient outcomes.

Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 “to provide better care for the sick, investigate their problems and further educate those who serve.” As the conceptual framework of healthcare continues to evolve, Cleveland Clinic leadership has become particularly mindful of the aesthetics of healthcare, and the look and feel of the spaces where patients and caregivers interact. The appointment of Toby Cosgrove, MD, as CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic in 2004 began a new era of art and design at Cleveland Clinic.



Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Pavilion at main campus in Cleveland, Ohio.


Fine art is good medicine. It comforts, elevates the spirit, and affirms life and hope. The Art Program’s goal is to provide these benefits to our patients.

In 2005 Cleveland Clinic leadership identified the need to build a contemporary, cohesive and world-class art collection, with a focus on enhancing patient experience. The Art Program was established in 2006 as an in-house curatorial department. Since 2020, Ellen Rudolph, Curator and Senior Director, leads the team whose role is to acquire artworks and maintain artistic standards for the whole organization. The program’s mission is to craft engaging, meaningful interactions with contemporary art within a healthcare setting. Integral to the healing environment, the artwork activates and anchors spaces throughout Cleveland Clinic Enterprise. The art collection is designed to present a broad range of perspectives, promoting empathy and inclusion by making visible the diversity of patients, visitors and caregivers.



Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle's BlueBerg (r11i01) was commissioned for Glickman Tower at main campus in 2007.


A focus on innovative art and architecture has impacted Cleveland Clinic’s environment in a unique way.

Cleveland Clinic’s leadership has instituted an enterprise-wide imperative to transform its facilities into models of efficiency, organization and patient focus for the 21st century. As with the art, the primary goal is to construct a calming atmosphere for patients and their families. The buildings are meant to be easy to understand and navigate and to serve as supportive, healing places. The Center for Design, now Art + Design Institute, at Cleveland Clinic was established in 2017 to further the commitment to provide a therapeutic and consistent environment for patients and caregivers.



Patient room in Miller Family Pavilion at main campus.


Works of art can enhance the patient experience when carefully chosen and thoughtfully curated.

Cleveland Clinic’s contemporary art collection is one of the largest in the region. The collection has been developed by combining traditional media such as painting, drawing, print and photography with new media including video, digital imagery, computer-generated artworks and mixed media works. Presenting this diversity of art in a public health setting is intended to result in therapeutic value for patients, visitors and all caregivers and reflects the respect for their well-being. With this in mind, two research studies have been conducted by the Art Program about contemporary art in the hospital setting. Results consistently show that the art has a positive effect on patients’ mood, stress level and overall experience.



Jennifer Steinkamps’s Mike Kelley 1 is a highlight of the collection.


Benefactors are crucial to the program’s success at Cleveland Clinic’s locations around the world. These philanthropic acts have long-lasting benefits.

Philanthropy advances patient care, research and education at Cleveland Clinic in profound ways. Cleveland Clinic’s Art + Design Institute is grateful for the many works of art donated by generous benefactors, as well as the commitments made to acquire new pieces and expand education and research programs. These gifts can be multiple objects from a single collection, anonymously sponsored artworks or funds that result in art acquisitions, commissions and educational programming. Whether in memory of a loved one, in honor of a physician or to support the Art Program’s endeavors to create a calming space for health, hope and healing, giving makes a significant difference to patients and caregivers.



Loris Cecchini’s site-specific wall sculpture was made possible through a generous donation.


The Art Program is committed to cultivating a creative and interested audience by providing meaningful opportunities to interact with the art at Cleveland Clinic.

Visitors have many ways to experience the artwork: informative didactic labels next to each artwork, rotating exhibitions and audio and docent-led art tours. As part of its community outreach, the Art Program sponsors Art in the Afternoon, a program for memory-impaired seniors. Visual art can alleviate the psychological stresses associated with a hospital visit or stay, improve patients’ satisfaction with their care and provide an opportunity for intellectual engagement. As a result, the Art Program has become a model for healthcare providers worldwide.



Art Ambassador tour for Art in the Afternoon program at main campus.


Through therapeutic and experiential programs, Cleveland Clinic patients, visitors and caregivers are affected by art in positive ways.

In 2008, Toby Cosgrove, MD, former CEO and President, launched Arts & Medicine — to formally organize all of Cleveland Clinic’s arts and cultural activities. The mission of Arts & Medicine, guided by Medical Director Francois Bethoux, is to practice and investigate the use of the arts in healing; to enhance the Cleveland Clinic experience through the arts; and to build community around the arts, health and medicine. This mission takes the form of direct patient contact such as art therapy and music therapy, research, performances in public areas, art installed throughout the health system directed by the Art Program, public lectures and workshops and community events.



Patients are able to take part in art and music therapy through the Arts & Medicine Institute.


We are enormously grateful to Toby Cosgrove, MD, former CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic, whose vision and leadership have been instrumental in the founding of the Art Program in 2006 and its continuing success, and to the creation of the Arts & Medicine in 2008.

We would like to thank Joseph Hahn, MD, former Chief of Staff of Cleveland Clinic, and Linda McHugh, former Chief Human Resource Officer, for helping launch the Art Program and promoting its integration into the life of the organization.

This publication would not have been realized without the hard work of a select number of individuals from the Art Program: Bellamy Printz, former Curator, with her stellar communication skills, who wrote tirelessly to help articulate the vision of our Art Program; Kathryn Koran, former Registrar and Assistant Curator, now Collections Manager, was a key contributor to the success of this project thanks to her incredible attention to detail in amassing images and other essential information; and Meghan Tedrick, former Department Coordinator, who followed up with many artists and galleries. The dedicated Art Program team that ensured the accuracy and successful communication of our story included former Curator Jennifer Finkel, who was instrumental in the initial planning; former Department Coordinator Kristen McDowell; former assistant curator Jerika Jordan; former interns Lisa Gretchko, Chelsea Polk and Amanda Zeilinger; and former preparators Noel Ward and Tim Gaewsky, who kept a watchful eye on the art system-wide.



We especially thank the leadership of the Arts & Medicine, including Medical Director Francois Bethoux, MD, and Director Maria Jukic, for their contributions to the Arts & Medicine chapter; former Institute Chair Iva Fattorini, MD, for her commitment to healing through the arts; and Mary Curran, Executive Director, Art + Design Institute, for her support.

Our gratitude to Bonnie Brennan, Christine Donahue, Stacey Sayer, Heather Travier and Pascale Zaidel of Christie’s for shepherding us through this effort. Additional help came from Lara Kalafatis, Nelson Wittenmyer, Karen Wyman, Kathy DeLong and Carrie Henning of the Philanthropy Institute.

Our heartfelt appreciation goes to all the donors who have supported the Art Program and the Arts & Medicine over the years. We are grateful for the extraordinary donation of artwork from Sydell Miller and her daughters, Lauren Spilman and Stacie Halpern. This generous commitment greatly benefited Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Pavilion, home to the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. It helped pave the way for us to collaborate with Christie’s on the Power of Art book. Our thanks to all the artists in the Cleveland Clinic collection for inspiring and enriching the lives of our patients and caregivers — especially when the going gets tough. Their creative work enhances the environment, impacts lives and heals the spirit. Finally, we thank all the patients who trust Cleveland Clinic with their care. Through them, we are reminded daily that there is a continued need to humanize and ameliorate the healthcare environment, and to enhance the patient experience through art.

Joanne Cohen
Director and Curator of the Art Program 2006-2020


Subhi Alghussain
John W. Anderson II
Art Luv LLC
J. Sheldon Artz, MD, & Jan P. Jones-Artz
John T. and Katherine Bailey
Jack J. Belcher
Fran and Jules Belkin
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
Joseph and Sue Berland
Jerry Birchfield
Sue E. Birnbaum
Robert and Nancy Bostwick
Peter T. Boyle
Yuval Brisker
Rebecca and Irad Carmi
Judi Caron
Andrew B. Cohen
Joanne Cohen and Margaret Cohen
Morton A. and Rosalie Cohen

Lois A. Connor
CureSearch for Children’s Cancer Research
Mellar Davis, MD, and Deborah Davis
Teresa M. DeChant
Joseph R. Degenfelder and Pauline Degenfelder, PhD
Lauretta M. Dennis, DVM
Larry D. DeRolf
Michael W. Dickas
Frances F. and David S. Dickenson II
DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky
Epic Systems Corporation
Carol A. Frankel and Edward F. Anixter
Charles and Terry Friedman
Frank O. Gehry
Lawrence M. Gelb Foundation, Inc.
Guðrún Gísladóttir
Ronald and Eileen Gold
Agnes Gund
Gordon and Llura Gund

David and Mary Ann Haberman
Joseph Hahn, MD, and Andrea Hahn
Meredy Hamilton
Sondra and Stephen R. Hardis
Jose and Anastasia Hernandez
James and Nancy Hill
Hillcrest Hospital Orthopaedics Division
The Carl Hirsch Family
Hood/Meyerson Foundation
Sharon Horvath
Richard Horvitz and Erica Hartman-Horvitz Trevor O. and Jennie S. Jones
The Kaplan Foundation
Fran Kaufman
Linda H. Kaufman
Robert M. Kaye and Diane Upright
Jay I. and Jean Kislak
Elizabeth R. Koch
Kopeikin Gallery
Gilbert I. Krantz
Kulas Foundation
E. Wright Ledbetter
Bertram and Alice Lefkowich
David Levinthal

Judy Levinthal
Toby Devan Lewis
William Lieberman
Jon A. and Virginia M. Lindseth
Linda and Jack Steven Lissauer, MD
Livestrong Foundation
Sharon Louden and Patrick Heide Art Projects
Bruce and Ellen Mavec
Medical Executive Staff of Hillcrest Hospital
Medical Mutual
Robert E Meyerhoff
Marvin Mordes, MD, and Elayne Mordes
Morgan Services, Inc
His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Mubarak
Beejadi N. Mukunda, MD, and Deepa Rao
John P. Murphy Foundation
Maureen Benz Myers and Dr. S.R. Sellaro, DO
Mary Nelson
Nesnadny + Schwartz
Timothy Nice, MD, and Sarah Nice
Walter and Paula Nisenson

Jenny Okun
Rena Olshansky
Edward Olszewski, PhD
Cano and Esen Ozgener
Madeleine Parker
Patricia Zinsmeister Parker
Richard D. Parker, MD, and Jana Parker
Anthony Pearson
Donald and Judith Penn
S. Jordan Perlman
Louise S. Phillips
Frank H. and Nancy L. Porter and Family
Ben Z. Post and Debbie Laites Andrew K. and Heather H. Rayburn
Dick and Billie Reminger
Richard Roski, MD, and Deborah Roski
Robert and Margo Roth
Larry and Camille Ruvo
Dan and Naomi Sachs
Gerard Seltzer, MD, and Phyllis Seltzer

Steve Shane
Judith Simon
Phyllis Sloane
Wendy Small
The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation
Craig and Diane Solomon
Martin G. and Susan Solomon
Ora Sorenson
Arthur and Diane Stupay
Taglialatella Galleries
Alan M. Tartakoff, PhD, and Laura Y. Tartakoff
Fritz Conelis Trinler and Carmen Trinler
Thomas V.H. Vail Sr., and Iris J. Vail
The Vasu Family
Richard L. Vaux
John Wadsworth
George Weidinger
John A. and Jane Z. Woodrow
Diane Tefft Young


Jaume Plensa’s Cleveland Soul sits at the main entrance of the Miller Family Pavilion.