Duke Artworks Each Tell Their Own Story

”Trying Times”; Rayanthony Taylor; Professional; Works on Paper; Employee, Sterile Processing

”Trying Times”; Rayanthony Taylor; Professional; Works on Paper; Employee, Sterile Processing

The Arts & Health department at Duke University Health System has been collaborating with the NAP for six years now. Their show is hung each year in a series of gallery spaces which are spread throughout their beautiful hospital and campus. Although the numbers were down slightly from the previous year, it was nevertheless a wonderful display which included works from 104 artists. As always, the Arts & Health at Duke staff did a tremendous job in making sure the artists were honored and left feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride. 

Each and every artist is unique and special and brings something different to an NAP show. Many Duke employees shared their talents including Rayanthony Taylor, a Tech II in Duke Sterile Processing, who began drawing cartoons at a young age. The piece he entered was entitled, “Trying Times”, is a portrait of an African American man done in pencil. The drawing, Taylor said, is modeled after a homeless individual he met years ago. Taylor said he wanted to capture the hope that comes with reaching a low point in life. 

Taylor and so many other artists have entered works in the show that each have a story to tell. We applaud these artists and look forward to viewing their works in the coming years. 
Many of the Duke NAP artists have been photographed with their artworks. These images may be viewed by visiting artsandhealth.duke.edu and clicking on the slideshow link.