Call for Entries for Healthcare Design Competition

Jan. 8, 2007

Deadline for receipt: 5:00 p.m. PST on January 22, 2007.

The 2007 Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Competition, held annually by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, will help your arts in healthcare project win recognition through a unique competition that honors individuals—both professional and student—as well as teams of individuals for their measurable impact on the quality of the healthcare experience for patients, visitors, families and staff. By supporting superior projects at healthcare institutions and emphasizing the importance of research-based project design, the competition aims to close the gap between arts and healthcare. The award program is presented by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare in conjunction with Aesthetics Inc.

Professional winners will receive $1,000 each (per individual or team) and student winners will receive $500 each (per individual or team). In addition, honorable mentions will be awarded at the review panel’s discretion with no monetary award. Winners will receive a complimentary registration for the 2007 Society for the “Arts in Healthcare Conference: A Composition in Creativity and Caring,” to be held April 11-14, 2007 in Nashville. Winners and honorable mentions will receive an award certificate and be announced to national media outlets. 

Submissions/Guidelines for Entry:

  • All applicants must hold a current membership with the Society for the Arts in Healthcare (non-members can join immediately in order to become eligible).
  • Submissions must be created or performed by January 22, 2007 (note: students may submit completed class projects).
  • Submissions will not be accepted from winners of the Blair Sadler Award in the previous year. 
  • Staff and board members of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare may not apply.
  • Only one submission will be accepted per SAH member.
  • Applications must be complete and received by 5:00 p.m. PST on January 22, 2007. 

To Apply:
Read full guidelines and download an application. For questions, look to FAQs on the Competition or contact Aesthetics Inc., which is managing this year’s competition, via phone at (619) 683-7500 or via e-mail: [email protected].

About the Competition
Competition sponsor Blair L. Sadler served as president and CEO of the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego from 1980 to 2006. Under his direction, the Rady Children’s Hospital has received numerous awards for its commitment to the arts and their impact on healing. Annette Ridenour, president of Aesthetics Inc., an internationally recognized design firm promoting the arts in healthcare, is a co-founder of the Blair Sadler Awards. The competition has been a partnership with the Society for the Arts in Healthcare since its inception in 2001. The competition aims to emphasize the importance of research informed project design and help to close the gap between the arts and healthcare. In the process the competition encourages artists, arts educators and health providers to understand the important role the arts play in creating quality healthcare experiences.

The Society for the Arts in Healthcare is dedicated to promoting the incorporation of the arts as an integral component of healthcare. For more information, go to

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