With the help of thousands of volunteers, John Feight has taken art to a new level…to a place where it can be of human value…in an environment that should give comfort and hope. He is an artist who is determined to take art to the people…to people who need art the most…those who suffer in hospitals and nursing homes.
John was born in Ohio in 1940. His youth was spent in Killbuck, Ohio, and Sarasota, Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1963 with a degree in advertising, he spent 20 years in the advertising/marketing profession in New York and Atlanta before committing his energies to painting full-time for hospitals in 1984. His work was inspired by his grandfather, a country doctor in Ohio, who never put limits on his dream to help people.
John is founder of The Foundation for Hospital Art, Inc (1984). The Foundation's mission is to give comfort and hope to patients, families, medical staffs, and visitors by providing artwork to hospitals and nursing homes. The Foundation's vision is to make hospitals our most beautiful places for healing around the world.
With help from over 500,000 volunteers, over 35,000 paintings have been completed for over 2,000 hospitals and nursing homes in 195 countries.
Affiliations & Honorary Titles
George Washington Honor Medal, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
Atlanta Community Service Award
Trailblazer Award, International Furnishings and Design Association
Honorary Member, Northside Hospital Auxiliary, Atlanta, GA
Honorary Member, Erlanger Medical Center Auxiliary, Chattanooga, TN,
Honorary Citizen, Dampierre, France, near Paris
Honorary Nurse, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, NJ,
Nominated for 1995 National Medal of Arts Award
Honorary Physician, John J. Pershing V.A. Medical Center
TBS TV Super 17 Honoree, Community Service - Health Category
Points of Light Foundation "National Family Volunteer Award"
Paul Harris Fellow - Rotary International
SafePath Illuminating Hope Award
Painting "Waiting For The Bus," permanent collection, Telfair Museum, Savannah
Atlanta Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award
West Point Society of Atlanta Outstanding Citizen Award
John and his wife Linda live in Big Canoe, GA, near Atlanta. They have two sons. Scott graduated from West Point in '91 and now serves as Executive Director for The Foundation for Hospital Art. Drew received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky and is now an Associate Professor at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH.