Art Exhibits

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Main Gallery, Lobby
July - October 2012, Mural painting June 20 - 26

Ed Emberley's wonderfully simple books taught a generation of children to draw using simple squiggles, triangles, dots, and circles in clear, step-by-step recipes. The exhibit brings together dozens of pages from the 1970's original mockups of Ed Emberley's books and a special Ed Emberley tribute mural by artists Caleb Neelon and Souther Salazar. Click here to learn more about this collaborative project.


Off the CHARTS 2012, Boston Children's Staff Art Show
CHB Main Campus and Waltham
April - July 2012

Almost 90 Works by 70 Employees of the Hospital shown throughout Boston Childrens Hospital Main Campus and Waltham. Exhibit spaces include: Cafe Gallery at ABP, Main Gallery, International Gallery at Farley 1, Collection Cases at Main 1, Connecting Corridor behind ABP and Gallery at Waltham.


Art by David Mega
Animation Gallery

Art has been a constant in the life of David Mega. The exhibit of the imaginary creatures by the artist is an appreciation gesture for the nurses and doctors at Boston Children's who took care of David's nephew Joshua. Since David Mega has been fighting a battle with cancer he has developed a strong bond with his nephew who was also facing medical challenges.

Ongoing Exhibits

The Art of the Animated Film

Animation Art Gallery, Pavilion 1
Classic hand-drawn animation, provided by Chuck Jones Galleries. Purchases support Art for Kool Kidz. All purchases from benefit Art for Kool Kidz. Just let them know you saw it at Boston Children's!

Design Drawings by Richard Arbib

Farley 2 Corridor
More than 30 design drawings of futuristic cars, boats and inventions. On loan from the Frederic A. Sharf Collection in partnership with MFA, Boston.

Past Exhibit Highlights


IN HER OWN WORDS: Art by Raluca Mitrea
Collection Cases, Main Level 1
This exhibit is a glance into Raluca's creative world, where "thick paint surrounds flat photography and technical illustrations mix with splatter and chaos". Check out Raluca's website at




The Gallery at Children's, Main Lobby
An exclusive look into the public and private world of America's favorite doctor - Dr. Seuss. On display are 35 works including his Secret Art, Unorthodox Taxidermy, World War II era editorial cartoons and classic book illustrations. This exhibit was made possible through a generous gift by Cutter & Cutter, Inc. in honor of the Joshua Frase Foundation. for more information on the art of Dr. Seuss.


A Collaborative Art Project between children's book author and Illustrator, Jeff Czekaj, and the patients, visitors, children and staff of the Hospital.
Gallery at Children's, Main Lobby

The Hall of OddAnimals is an imaginary natural history museum. During a six-month art residency, children's author and illustrator Jeff Czekaj worked with patients and families to uncover over a hundred unknown fictional species and their hidden environments. 


Paintings by Sana Nadkarni
Cafe Gallery, Au Bon Pain

Sana is a 9 year old aspiring artist born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She has always been passionate about painting, having started experimenting and playing with colors since she was 3 years old. Sana sees a wider purpose to her art and wants to work with different charities and hospitals.



Photography by Sebouh Kandilian

International Gallery
After being diagnosed with a brain tumor at age seven, Sebouh Kandilian was flown to Boston Children's Hospital from Aleppo, Syria. Sebouh has exhibited his work at local libraries, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Mass General and now at Boston Children's Hospital.


Cafe Gallery, Au Bon Pain
Kidz b Kidz inspires kids to make art from their hearts, to be used in products sold to fund medical breakthroughs that save kids' lives. A portion of proceeds benefit Boston Children's Hospital. Check out their online store:


New York City Fashion Art 

The Gallery at Children's, Main Lobby
Two decades of Advertising Drawings, 1955-1975, from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf collection, in collaboration with Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 


Photography by Artists for Humanities

2010 Gallery@333, 333 Longwood Avenue, 5th floor
A new gallery for teens by teens! Curated by the Center for Young Women's Health. See more work by Artists for Humanities.


Caleb Neelon

The Gallery at Boston Children's, Main Lobby
Patients, families and staff were invited to interact, submitting ideas as the mural developed in the Lobby. Caleb's paintings and installation artwork have appeared in venues in America and Europe, on walls in five continents and in dozens of books, magazines, and newspapers.


Photography by George Taylor, MD

Boston Children's at Waltham, 9 Hope Avenue, Waltham, MA 
Radiologist-in-Chief, Dr. Taylor, explores the perspective of looking upward at the magnificent structures humans create. By pointing the camera skyward one enters a different world in which the familiar becomes abstract.


International Gallery, on Pavilion 1
A collection of photographs from Children's recent Haitian relief efforts by Dr. Meara, Boston Children's Chief of Plastic Surgery.


Life and Labor in Afghanistan
International Gallery, Farley 1
Gary Moorehead has lived in the Takhar Province of northeastern Afghanistan since 2003, building schools and homes for returning refugees. Gary documents life in the village and included contributions from other photographers. Gary is Field Director for the Marigold Fund.


Cafe Gallery, Au Bon Pain, Main Lobby
Eleven year old Tatyana learned to paint during her 7 month stay at Boston Children's. "When I paint with acrylics, I sit down with a blank canvas and just let my mind paint. Sometimes I use pictures as inspiration, other times I use my dreams of going to Hawaii or being anywhere outside of the hospital to inspire me." Read a letter from Tatyana. Tatyana paints with Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's Hospital Outreach Program.


Pottery by Holly Sears
Kool Kidz Collection Cases, Main, Floor 1

Whimsy and humor abound in Holly Sears' colorful clay sculptures. Objects on display include teapots covered with everything (including) the kitchen sink. "Feet of Clay" in Brookline has been her studio for more than 20 years. See more teapots from the Arthur Goldberg Collection and L'Attitude Gallery next to the Center for Families.


Photography by Woody Sherman
Gallery at 1295, Lobby, 1295 Boylston

This 251 acre peninsula overlooks Hingham Harbor. It offers rocky beaches, ledges, cliffs and occasional patches of salt marsh. "World's End reservation is one of over 40 New England locations over which I have walked while creating a portfolio of landscapes grouped under the broad title of 'Walking New England, a friend, a traveler'".



SPUDNIK and other stories by Jeffu!
Main Lobby 
Jeff "Jeffu" Warmouth is a Massachusetts-based media artist who has made a career out of playing with his food. His artwork incorporates photography, video, sculpture, and digital media, and often uses jokes and comic twists to subvert logic, language, identity, and culture. 


MOTION PICTURE: Optically Animated Art
by Rufus Butler Seder
Children's Gallery, Lobby in Main Building

For the past 16 years, Rufus Butler Seder has been designing large-scale, permanent "movies for the wall" in aquariums, science museums, train stations, and other public places around the globe. You can learn more about Rufus by visiting 


Farley 1 

Original illustrations from published storybooks. Featuring work by Norman Bridwell, Peter Reynolds, Marjorie Priceman and more! See the entire collection at



Tommy Hollenstein: Artist on Wheels
The Gallery at Boston Children's 
Features paintings by CA artist, Tommy Hollenstein, who uses the wheels on his motorized wheelchair as his paintbrush.

In 1985, at 24 years old, Tommy survived a mountain biking accident that left him a quadriplegic. His canine companion Weaver was the inspiration in finding the road back to his art. It is a continuing journey that is sometimes melancholy, and sometimes jubilant but always inspirational. Visit Tommy's website to view his work.

by Andrew Child
Offices at 1295 Boylston Street

For the past several years, May Institute has worked with professional photographer Andrew Child to compile a photographic library of students who attend the Institute's special schools. The resulting work is a series of environmental portraits that open a window into the life of these children that is ordinarily closed to the general public, providing a powerful tool to raise awareness about autism.


Photographs by Andrew Child

Lobby, 1295 Boylston, Boston Children's Hospital Offices
There's just something fascinating about light we cannot see. Beyond the deepest shades of red the human eye can perceive lies the infrared. Colors we don't have words to describe mix with shades of light and dark that often seem backwards. The result is a unique series of photographs that are hauntingly surreal, dreamlike, and carry a sense of other place and other time while remaining intimately familiar.

Currently on view in Waltham, 1st floor hallway 

Pictures taken through a microscope, or "Photomicrographs," are used by scientists and researchers but also prized by artists for their unusual, colorful beauty. The familiar objects in this exhibit seem other-worldly when magnified 25, 100 or 400 times their original size! See if you can find the dinosaur bone, feather, broccoli, meteorite and microchip. 



Paintings by Cristina Powell
Au Bon Pain Cafe Gallery, Main Lobby

Cristina, 18 from Kalamazoo, MI, loves to paint. She and her mother are often in Boston for treatments, and despite their difficulties they remain full of joy and thankfulness. It's evident from the dazzling display of color in the Au Bon Pain Cafe that Cristina loves what she does. She says, "When I was young I wanted to be a doctor, then I wanted to be a nurse. Now, my paintings are making people feel better. I guess this is what I was supposed to do."

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