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Artists are invited to submit entires for the Art for the Health of it Exhibit! 

Art for the Health of It provides a way to utilize art as a calming agent in a stress-laden environment, while demonstrating the health and healing benefits of artistic images and expression.

APRIL 29, 2019

Click here for the prospectus.

To enter, please visit our entry form here.
For additional entries, please click here.

Exhibition Dates:  June 9 - Aug 24
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 pm
at Southeast Hospital Meeting Room by Elevator C


Cleda Curtis was born in Clarksville, Arkansas but grew up in Oran, Missouri. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas and attended graduate school at Portland State University in Portland Oregon. Since then she has lived andtraveled extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, where she has executed many commissioned portraits.

Whether working in oils, pastels or watercolors, Cleda creates her portraits in the realistic tradition, treating children with the same dignity as adults. Her procedure is the same when working with still life and floral paintings.


Through her studies in museums, universities and private workshops taught by the nation’s leading artists, Cleda became a well-known coupled with her sensitivity to the needs of her students has made her a very popular and successful teacher. She teaches the basic principles of painting and drawing that artists have used for hundreds of years. As did the Old Masters, she believes in learning and passing it on.


In addition to teaching nationwide workshops, Cleda has become a popular speaker and juror among art organizations. 

‚ÄčMy approach is always the same when painting a portrait. It is to find a quality that is unique to that individual and express it with paint. Drawing on the rich traditions of great painters such as Velazquez, Rembrandt, Cecilia Beaux and Bougeureau keeps me growing as an artist.

Part of my process before I start a portrait is to explore the spiritual nature, the personality of the subject. Capturing the spirit of the person is as important as painting a pictorial likeness. That is always my challenge. As an artist, I work hard to create portraits that speak both to me and to others about the uniqueness of a specific individual. 

Whether I am painting portraits, still life or flowers, and whether I am using oil, watercolor or pastel, there is a relationship that connects regardless of the subject and regardless of the medium. 

Click Here to view the 2017 exhibit, displayed in the Corridor between Elevators A and C at SoutheastHEALTH.