uOttawa Removes Disturbing Paintings

January 19, 2007

Yesterday the Chronicle of Higher Education reported that five paintings were removed from the University of Ottawa's Heart Institute when patients showed signs of anxiety and high blood pressure. The paintings of Elizabethan-style queens appeared to be watching the room's occupants, and have now been replaced with less disturbing paintings. Victoria Henry, director of Canada's federal Art Bank, plans to present a paper on engaging patients with art at the conference of the Society for the Arts in healthcare in April. The Art Bank has over a hundred paintings rented to uOttawa's Heart Institute, no longer including The Queens. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)