The Friends of University Hospitals

Hospital Art Collection

The University of Alberta Hospital, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and the Stollery Children’s Hospital currently hold a joint collection of 1400 original works of art. This public collection is on display in patient rooms, waiting areas, and public corridors, and is maintained by the Friends of University Hospitals.

Artwork is added to the collection by purchase and commission when funds are available. Currently, our collection mainly grows through the generous donations of artists and art lovers.

Please read the donation guidelines (below) for more information.


The collection consists of works from artists across western Canada, including:

Violet Owen · Hillary Prince · Takeo Tanabe · Vivian Thierfelder · Robert Genn · Alexandra Haeseker · Brent Laycock · Irene Klar · Maureen Harvey · Sheila Maki · Helene Mackie · John Freeman · Gerald Hushlak · John Esler · Bill Laing · Grant Leier · Toni Onley · Joe Fafard · Richard Yates · Derek Besant · Margaret Witschl · Ross Bradley · Manwoman · Jane Ash Poitras · Peter Shostak · Francine Gravel

Artwork Donations

Artwork offered for donation to the University of Alberta Hospital, Stollery Children’s Hospital and Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • artwork must be original, contemporary Western Canadian
  • primarily (but not exclusively) two dimensional work
  • professional quality with discernable values that maintain the consistency and integrity of the collection
  • artwork created on and with archival materials
  • artworks should be no larger than 4 feet high x 8 feet long (some exceptions will be considered if space allows
  • content/images and color must be appropriate to the hospital environment
  • artwork must be in good physical condition and preferably framed

To make an offer of artwork to the hospital collection, contact:

Potential donors will be asked to submit a short application and an image of the artwork being offered. Donations will be reviewed by our Art Collection Committee and donors will be informed of their decision. Although we appreciate all offers, we can not accept every donation.

If the artwork is accepted, donors are asked to complete a simple “Donation Agreement” which transfers legal ownership to the University Hospital Foundation. This form must be signed by the artwork’s legal owner and returned to the McMullen Gallery.

Donors are entitled to receive a charitable tax receipt for the appraised value of the artwork. For artwork valued at under $1000.00, the Manager, Arts in Healthcare may be able verify the value. For artwork valued at $1000.00 or more, an independent appraisal from a member of the Canadian Art Dealers Association is required. If the artwork is valued at $10,000.00 or more, two independent appraisals are required. Gallery staff can provide information on appropriate appraisers.

  • You are welcome to suggest a location for your donation, and text to go on the label. All requests will be considered and accommodated when it is possible and appropriate.
  • Artwork is installed in the hospital once all paperwork has been completed, and an appropriate location has been found.

Cash donations also help us to maintain and add special items to our collections.