Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center at UTHSC to Host Annual Art Show and Auction

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Artwork (including pieces shown here) will be on sale during the Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center Art Show and Auction this weekend.

The Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center (RKSTC) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is hosting its 6th-annual art show and auction online Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28. This event benefits the pediatric pro-bono occupational therapy clinic at UTHSC, which serves the uninsured and underinsured in the Mid-South.

The online auction will feature 100 art pieces created and donated by children in the community who receive OT services, as well as by local artists and others. New this year, the art inventory includes a sculpture and notecards featuring artwork from last year’s art show and auction. 

Participants will be able to bid on pieces of art available for auction through the RKSTC Art Show and Auction website from Friday, August 26, at 8 a.m., until Sunday, August 28, at 5 p.m.

The show and auction raises funds to provide OT services at the Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center at UTHSC to children in the community who are uninsured or underinsured.

The clinic, which opened at UTHSC in 2016, provides occupational therapy services at no cost to children of families that are uninsured or underinsured. Over the years, the art show and auction has raised more than $10,000 toward providing occupational therapy services for children. Since it opened, the RKS Therapy Center has served more than 500 children, trained 240 OT students, 225 teachers, and worked with approximately 250 parents.

Named for Rachel Kay Stevens, an OT student who died shortly after beginning her OT program in the College of Health Professions at UTHSC, the art show honors her memory and her passion for pediatric occupational therapy and the arts. 

A preview of the art to be auctioned will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and  3-5 p.m., Thursday, August 25, in the lobby of the Madison Plaza Building at 920 Madison Ave., on the Memphis campus. 

Since it debuted six years ago, the annual show and auction has raised more than $10,000 for occupational therapy services for children.