Roadside: Viva Mexico!

Project Art at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Project Art oversees the care of more than 5,800 objects, including more than 2,200 framed posters and 3,900 works of original art. These feature a variety of media, such as drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, ceramic art, fiber art, photography, and mixed media. The artwork selected seeks to soothe, stimulate, and educate the hospital audience.

UI Hospitals and Clinics supports the policy of purchasing many works of art to ensure a wide variety of artwork to meet the needs of the diverse hospital audience. By selecting a greater number of art objects, Project Art is able to place works throughout most of the public corridors, reception areas and family lounges.

Acquisitions are approved by the UI Hospitals and Clinics' Art Acquisitions Advisory Committee, which reviews purchases for quality, suitability to the hospital environment, credentials of the artist, and appropriateness of the work to the collection.

The history of Project Art

Roadside: Viva Mexico!, Oil on linen, 1982

Joseph Patrick is an artist from Iowa City and a long time professor of art at the University of Iowa.

His watercolors and oil paintings draw their inspiration from the life and landscape of Oaxaca, Mexico where he and his wife Genie spend their summers. In his oil paintings, Joe highlights hidden beauty in the tarps and boxes prevalent in outdoor Mexican markets. The domestic side of Mexico comes through in his watercolors, which feature patios and gardens full of plant life rendered in his exacting style. Joe describes his work "as being like stages for human action . . . past, present and future." He wants to convey an awareness of time, both passing and standing still. The Mexican streets, buildings and gardens become metaphors for the lives passing through them. Joe received his B.F.A. from the University of Georgia and his M.F.A. from the University of Colorado. He has taught at the University of Iowa since 1965 and served as head of the drawing program at the School of Art and Art History.

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on December 01, 2017

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