PHILADELPHIA - Penn Medicine and the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia announce the opening on September 16 at 6PM of an exhibition of contemporary sculpture in the atrium of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. The exhibition, Interplay: Art ● Audience ● Architecture is the first in a series highlighting the role that the arts can play in health care.

 “Our goal for the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine was to develop a state-of-the-art, outpatient facility, which would provide patients with the most advanced therapies in a single setting. We also want to provide an uplifting environment for patients and their families, “ said Ralph W. Muller, Chief Executive Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System. “This exhibition offers patients and their families as well as those who work in the Perelman Center a welcome visual break from the delivery of health care services.

The exhibition, curated by Marsha Moss, will feature nine local and nationally renowned artists who work in a range of styles, expressions and materials: Lanny Bergner, Linda Brenner, Fritz Dietel, Nancy Graves, Jun Kaneko, Wendy Lehman, Donald Lipski, Warren Muller and Robert Roesch. The selection of the sculpture was based on originality, vitality, and the relationship of the pieces with faculty, staff, patients and their families who are part of the Perelman Center every day. By subtly conveying the message of integration, these sculptures contribute a visual expression of health care disciplines working in tandem with each other.

“We are pleased to partner with Penn Medicine on this exhibition, and we commend the leadership of Penn Medicine for their vision and contribution to the well-being of patients and their families by incorporating the powerful imagery of art into the extraordinary design of the Perelman Center. The sculpture along with bi-monthly musical performances will provide everyone with positive energy and a supportive environment,” said Karen B. Davis, President & CEO of the Arts & Business Council.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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