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Published on May 20, 2021

Artist Selected for Piece at Cone Health MedCenter for Women

Area women will get a chance to contribute to the work.


Artist Ilasahai Prouty will bring the next great piece of art to Cone Health. She was chosen from multiple artists across North Carolina by a committee of ArtsGreensboro and Cone Health stakeholders. IlaSahai Prouty 

“I’m thrilled to have the chance to go forward with this proposal and that Cone Health and ArtsGreensboro chose a socially engaged project for their signature art,” says Prouty after receiving notification that she had been selected. “I’m honored to have the chance to focus on art and healing with folks in the Greensboro community.” 

The piece for MedCenter for Women is being done in the spirit of a sewing bee. Prouty’s project will connect a group of diverse women to create art that embodies the goal of Cone Health: To have a place that is welcoming of all women regardless of their stage of life, status, background or health condition. 

Women in the communities served by Cone Health will be invited to learn how to make patterned paper and to share photographs of health and health care in their lives. Prouty will then build a large collage that weaves together the painted papers and the photographs. This quilt-based composition, titled Gathering, will echo the many sewing circles that have connected women through creativity, conversation and handwork. 

“Women will walk through our doors with diverse life experiences and backgrounds,” says Cone Health Director Walidah Karim-Rhoades, DNP. “We want women to experience art in this unexpected place, as art has the ability to empower, heal, transform and provide connection – which aligns beautifully with the intent of MedCenter for Women.” 

Prouty is an associate professor of art at Appalachian State University. She was a resident artist at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, North Carolina, and has exhibited her art throughout the United States. Prouty prides herself on using art to lift, to question, to connect, to give power and to learn.

The art is commissioned through the generosity of philanthropic support. The goal is to have it in place by September 2021. 

MedCenter for Women opened May 3 at 930 Third Street, Greensboro. It is a two-story, 30,000-square-foot facility offering innovative medical care and a variety of support services providing increased health care access for all women­.


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IlaSahai Prouty

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