Artwork in Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s new facility will be carefully curated and organized by NCH’s Art and Environment Committee, a small group of individuals that includes volunteers and staff.

What is the criteria for art to be considered?

  • Artwork must contribute to the hospital’s healing environment and meet the design goals of the new facility.
  • Artwork must be donated in perpetuity to NCH, and NCH retains all rights to the use and placement of the art.
  • Wall art must be appropriately framed, by the Artist, with the safety of our patients in mind – each piece must have a sturdy and professional frame to ensure that there is no risk of artwork falling off the walls; finished edges (gallery wrap) are acceptable for paintings on canvas.

What is the process for art to be considered?

  • Nantucket Cottage Hospital’s Art and Environment Committee will determine which artwork is displayed in the facility. We appreciate all community members who wish to donate artwork to the new hospital, but reserve the right to only select the most appropriate pieces.

Are you interested in donating art to Nantucket’s new hospital? If so, please complete this form and a member of the Art and Environment Committee will contact you:


    Please Note: To qualify for a tax deduction for artworks worth more than $5,000, the donor must obtain a qualified appraisal. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 redefined the qualifications for acceptable appraisers, requiring that they have certifications, experience and have completed formal professional-level coursework.

    Once an appraisal report has been acquired, a donor must attach IRS Form 8283 to his or her personal income tax return to claim the deduction. This form includes a summary of the appraisal, the signature of the appraiser, a signature from the charity acknowledging the gift, and a statement by the appraiser that he is qualified to perform this kind of appraisal. For works of art valued at more than $20,000, the full appraisal report must accompany the form.

    One exception to the IRS rules on donating art is that artists who donate their own work — for either sale, silent auction or exhibition — are allowed to deduct only the cost of materials used to create that particular piece of work. The artist can’t deduct the fair market value of the work.