“Murals aim to help patient children’s hospital”

Art project aims to help patients at children’s hospital

By Billy Anania from the Asbury Park Press


A prominent Monmouth County hospital is taking an innovative approach to public art with the help of a local artist and volunteers.

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune is improving the landscape just outside their windows with painted murals. The project is spearheaded by Lucy Kalian, a painter from Rumson who previously worked on the hospital’s advisory board.

Kalian is known for her work as a fine artist, but this new project is a more graphic concept for the children’s hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center (a member of the Meridian Health family). She believes that these paintings can provide a different type of treatment for young patients.

Screen Shot 2017-10-26 at 11.46.40 AM“I really think that if we can help improve the emotional and physical health of children, then we could help improve the emotional and physical health of the world going forward,” she said. “They’re fostering our future, and if they’re feeling good then they’re going to bring that good out to the rest of the world.”

The rooms that overlook the roof are part of the pediatric intensive care unit, with regular pediatrics located on the above floor. Kalian and volunteers have spent weeks developing fun and interactive ideas for ailing children.

The original concept was to paint over the windows because of all the unsightly mechanical equipment right outside. But over time, Kalian claims, the project evolved and expanded.

“We were trying to think of different ways to beautify the outdoor area right here,” she said. “And I figured the mechanicals are already here, so let’s just do something with them. I thought since this is Jersey Shore University Medical Center that we would work with the Jersey Shore theme.”

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The artist is now painting Shore-themed imagery and symbolism right onto the industrial
equipment. Along one metallic structure, Kalian has portrayed the coast of New Jersey from Sandy Hook to Barnegat Light, which is the hospital’s primary coverage area. Kalian included different dots along map that correlate with different towns.

Young patients will be able to access a digital map via hospital-provided iPads, with which they can find their own towns, answer questions about rivers and other bodies of water, read about lighthouses and more.

Another piece of industrial equipment depicts a sequence of nautical flags from left to right. Children can use key cards showing different letters for each flag, and decode a secret message through the arrangement of symbols.

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Other creative ideas to come include paintings of Jersey Shore birds, a giant seahorse, bubbles, fish and more. Kalian plans to continue the project as long as she has volunteers and surface to cover.

“I see this as an ongoing project, and we’re just going to keep going until we run out of surface,” she said. “Everybody’s thinking about their health all of the time. This will give them a bit of a diversion.”

The Salmagundi Club presents Lucy K.H. Kalian’s Witnesses 

Please join Lucy during the exhibition of her series Witnesses at the Salmagundi Club next Friday September 8th, 2017 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 10003. Witnesses will be displayed from September 2nd, 2017 through September 15th, 2017. For questions, please contact Brenna Keeley at brenna@lucykalian.com.

Kalian, Lucy.Sovreign_38x50.graphite on Stonehenge paper

“Witnesses” – April 17-June 16



“Winter Swept” , Graphite on Paper, 24″ x 18″

After a successful show honoring the ocean, Lucy (an unintentional activist) turns her thoughtful attention to fields and woodlands preserved by D and R Greenway Land Trust. She invites the viewer – witness – to appreciate the trees and fields that she – witness – honors, knowing that the trees, farm fields and pastures themselves have long been witness to a changing ecosystem and “human system”.
In contrast to her previous show of bold colors in oil, “Witnesses” is a collection created predominantly of graphite on paper.

Opening Reception April 28 5:30-7:30

Marie L. Matthews Gallery, D&R Greenway Trust Princeton, NJ For more information: D and R Greenway: 609.924.4646

‘Swells & Soundings’ at the Pollak Gallery in Monmouth University

Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts presents


Swells & Soundings

September 2 – October 14 | Pollak Gallery

A solo exhibition celebrating the ocean and coastline.  Lucy Kalian’s work is “unapologetically representational.”  In the exhibit, she explores the tidal forces at work where land and water meet.

Opening Reception: Fri. September 30 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM ***OFF DUE TO STORM-RELATED POWER FAILURE***

Resonance Collective will perform an original piece honoring the theme “Swells and Soundings” during the artist’s reception


Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 7pm; Sat – Sun 10am – 4 pm

For more information visit: monmouth.edu/arts or call 732.263.5715

Cosponsored by Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute

Check out a sampling of the featured art…

Morris Museum: Planet Ocean March 27 – August 28, 2016


Lucy Kalian and Clean Ocean Action invite you to dive-in and discover the world’s largest habitat. From sand to seashells, coral to currents, waves to beaches, this interactive exhibition will delve into the science of the ocean. See the Museum’s collection of over 2000 sand samples, come face to face with local marine birds or read an ocean tale in our ocean book nook. Planet Ocean features “Sandy Hook Home”, a mural commissioned by Clean Ocean Action and created by Lucy Kalian. “Sandy Hook Home” transforms trash picked up on COA Beach Sweeps in to art.

August 30 – December 21, 2014


"You Know You Want Me" Oil on Linen 10x11
You Know You Want Me
Oil on Linen
"Pride and Fear "Oil on Linen 11x11
Pride and Fear
Oil on Linen


These two treasures are included in the Laumeister Fine Art Competition at The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington Vermont, August 30 – December 21, 2014.