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GR artist hopes to have painting displayed in all Michigan hospitals

Posted at 10:14 AM, May 10, 2020

A Grand Rapids based artist wants her latest painting of healthcare workers to be displayed in hospitals across Michigan.

Kim Johnson has been an artist in West Michigan for quite a while and has submitted her work to Art Prize eight times.

Some of her work is already on display at one of Mercy Health's facilities, but she wants her latest project to be shared across the state.

Recently, she crafted a painting depicting several medical workers on the job, with the words "thank you" stamped in the middle.

Johnson says her goal now is to share the message of support to all healthcare workers battling COVID-19.

So far, she has reached out to Mercy Health, but hasn't heard back because they are so busy with the pandemic.

While she knows there's not a lot she can do to properly thank every essential worker, she believes this might be the next best thing.

She has not had her painting reproduced just yet, since the place where she gets her prints made is currently closed. Once they open back up she'll be sending out prints to anyone that's interested.

Kim Johnson can be reached by email at