Best in Show Winner Finds Art Staff Art Show Gifts Unique and Inspirational – Michigan Medicine Headlines

Steven Scaglione next to his award-winning play.

Every morning, Steven Scaglione walks from his parking lot near Rogel Cancer Center to CS Mott Children’s Hospital, where he works as a resident.

It’s a time to clear your head — and, he said, a time to enjoy one of Michigan Medicine’s unique benefits.

“I pass about four or five art shows every day,” Scaglione said. “Sometimes our buildings feel more like an art gallery than a hospital.”

catch his eye

One of the exhibitions that caught his eye last year was the Employee Art Exhibition, an annual event hosted by Gifts of Art. He was so taken with the artworks on display that he vowed to take part in this year’s exhibition.

And he did — Scaglione submitted a linoleum print titled “Five Liters (A Tough Problem)”, a play so impressive that jurists dubbed it “Best in Show”.

The print is created by carefully hand carving a block of linoleum, essentially turning it into a large stamp. Scaglione then covers the stamp in ink and presses it onto the paper, creating the artwork on display.

It’s an incredibly time-consuming process.

“All in all, it probably took me about 60 hours to create ‘Five Liters,'” Scaglione said. And he did it all on his own time during his third year at medical school at Vanderbilt.

“I’ve always been interested in art and even took some classes during my undergraduate career,” Scaglione said, adding that linoleum blocks and wood blocks are newer methods he’s experimenting with. “Art serves me as an escape route.”

A successful show

It’s clear that art serves as an escape route for many other Michigan Medicine team members as well.

This year, 48 faculty, staff, students and family members submitted 72 artworks for the exhibition, ranging from Scaglione’s prints to photographs, paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more.

Two artists judged the show, John Gutoskey and Peter Sparling. Gutoskey is an artist, designer, printmaker, and collector who earned his MFA from the UM Stamps School of Art & Design. He studied printmaking and installation art at UM and completed a certificate in LGBTQ studies.

Sparling is Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Dance and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emeritus at UM.

This year’s exhibit is on view through December 2 at the Gifts of Art Gallery on the first floor of the South Lobby of Taubman Health Center. The pieces can also be seen in this online gallery.

Viewing the impressive work serves to get to know colleagues in a new light – something Scaglione appreciates.

“When the people you work with all wear smocks and do similar things to yours, everyone kind of blends together,” he said. “But when you see names and roles alongside incredible artwork, you really get to know people in a different way. It’s a cool experience and I’m thrilled to have been a part of it.”

This year’s winners

Here is a full list of the winners of this year’s Gifts for Art Workers Art Show. A full gallery of the works can be seen below.


Winner: alchemy by Mickey Nguyen, UM Medical School
Award: fallen leaves by Sandra Drabant, Rogel Cancer Center Patient and Family Support Services

Drawing and pastel

Winner: serenity by Dara Morgan, General Pediatrics of East Ann Arbor
Award: freedom by Hanjoo Kim, Psychiatry

Collage and mixed media

Winner: silent trust by Merideth Sauvé, Nursing Service
Award: Sydney, the German Shorthaired Pointer by Elizabeth Jewell, Anaesthesiology

Black and white photography

Winner: A man’s trash by Michael Tomaszewski, Cardiovascular medicine after heart transplantation

color photography

Winner: Bittersweet Storm by Heather Simkiss, Internal Medicine
Award: Kale by Mitzi Rabe, Rogel Cancer Center Nursing

fiber art

winner: One of many by Anna Marie Omans, mother of Debra Omans, Frankel Cardiovascular Center Nursing Administration
Award: dragonflies by Jane F. Riebe-Rodgers, Child Trauma

watercolor painting

Winner: Happy Babe by Damian Fermin, Internal Medicine, Department of Nephrology
Award: Calla Lilies: Purity, holiness and fidelity by Mary Groll-Brown, Radiation Oncology

ceramics and glasswork

Winner: Vase in red by Christopher Platek, Adult Emergency Services
Award: rainbow bowl by Mollie Bodin, Medical School Research Office


Winner: Golden Turquoise by Sue Oblender, Michigan Visiting Nurses
Award: copper ball by Debra Omans, Frankel Cardiovascular Center Nursing Administration

sculpture and assemblage

Winner: Electric Cherub by Frances Randall, Infectious Disease Call Center
Award: COVID-19 baby by Susan Adams, Main Operating Rooms

Upcycled / Repurposed

Winner: Healing Touch by Tina Creguer, Precision Health
Award: Patty’s prayers by Frances Randall, Infectious Disease Call Center

audience award: alchemy by Mickey Nguyen, UM Medical School

Best of the Show: Five liters (a difficult problem) by Steven Scaglione, Pediatrics


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