Atrium Health + McColl Center Murals Project

Rebecca Lipps, HOPE, 2022


Atrium Health and McColl Center have partnered to support artists in community since 1999. Through the collaborative Atrium Health Artist-in-Residence program, creatives closely connected to, and working within, McColl Center have partnered with Atrium healthcare providers, patients, and staff to create works that have illuminated health disparities, examined the impacts of disease, and lifted up the power of art in healing.

Atrium Health’s renovation of flagship hospital, Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), in 2022 presented another opportunity for both organizations to collaborate in support of art, community, and healing.

On October 4, Atrium Health and McColl Center unveiled four new murals that have been installed prominently in the main lobby of Rush S. Dickson Tower at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center. Each of the murals represent a unique interpretation from a selected McColl Center-connected artist of Atrium Health’s mission to “improve health, elevate hope and advance healing for all.” The four murals were created by regional artists James Allan Ball, Josh Henderson, Rebecca Lipps and Nadia Ogunfowora whose designs were chosen by a panel of Atrium Health and McColl Center representatives after reviewing 58 entries from artists in Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union County in North Carolina and York County in South Carolina.

Each of the murals represent a unique interpretation from a selected artist of the Atrium Health mission to improve Health, elevate Hope, and advance Healing for all. Together, the murals and their placement in this facility reflect the enduring truth that healthcare, well-being, art and creativity are connected and fundamental dimensions of humanity and community.

About the Partners

Atrium Health is a nationally recognized leader in shaping health outcomes through innovative research, education and compassionate patient care. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atrium Health is an integrated, nonprofit health system with more than 70,000 teammates serving patients at 40 hospitals and more than 1,400 care locations. It provides care under the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist name in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, region, as well as Atrium Health Navicent and Atrium Health Floyd in Georgia and Alabama. Atrium Health is renowned for its top-ranked pediatric, cancer and heart care, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. A recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research, Wake Forest University School of Medicine is the academic core of the enterprise, including Wake Forest Innovations, which is advancing new medical technologies and biomedical discoveries. Atrium Health is also a leading-edge innovator in virtual care and mobile medicine, providing care close to home and in the home. Ranked nationally among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in eight pediatric
specialties and for rehabilitation, Atrium Health has also received the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality Prize and its 2021 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award, as well as the 2020 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Equity Award for its efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care. With a commitment to every community it serves, Atrium Health seeks to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all, providing $2.46 billion last year in free and uncompensated care and other community benefits.

McColl Center is an acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space in Charlotte, North Carolina. It believes art thrives when artists do. This one-of-a-kind place is a source of creative inspiration, growth and support. As a hub for creativity and catalyst for growth, McColl Center is committed to artists first, offering subsidized artist studios, modern equipment and tools, entrepreneurship programs and 5,000 square feet of gallery space to exhibit and sell work.


James Allan Ball, Leaves of Life, 2022

Learn more about artist James Allan Ball

Josh Henderson, Just Like Home, 2022

Learn more about artist Josh Henderson

Rebecca Lipps, HOPE, 2022

Learn more about artist Rebecca Lipps

Nadia Ogunfowora, Wrapping the City in Hope, 2022

Learn more about artist Nadia Ogunfowora