Military Hospital Artists
Military Hospital Artists
ArtStream’s Military Hospital programs are led by professionals in the field of Arts in Healthcare.
Judy Rollins, PhD, RN
Judy Rollins joined the ArtStream team in 2009.
Judy Rollins, PhD, RN brings over 30 years of arts and healthcare experience in research, consulting, program development, and education. She is a registered nurse with a BFA in the visual arts, an MS in child development and family studies, and a PhD in health and community studies. She holds a certificate in Evaluation Practice from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Judy develops arts programming for patients, families, and healthcare staff in hospitals, hospice care, and the community, including military settings, where she was among the founders of the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military. She is adjunct assistant professor in both the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC; adjunct lecturer at the Center for Arts in Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; and a scholar at The Institute for Integrative Health, Baltimore, MD. She consults, writes, and researches on healthcare issues nationally and internationally, with a special interest in arts-informed research. Judy is also President of Rollins & Associates, Inc.
Author of over 100 publications, Judy is editor for Pediatric Nursing and North America regional editor for Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice. A two-time winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award, she also is the recipient of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care Research Award, Johnson & Johnson/Society for the Arts in Healthcare Partnership to Promote Arts and Healing Award, National Science Foundation Scholarship, The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Travel Award, Society for the Arts in Healthcare Distinguished Fellow Award, and Georgetown University Department of Pediatrics’ Mary M. Hoobler Distinguished Service Award. She is an Ambassador for the National Organization for Arts in Health, an organization founded in 2016 with the mission to serve and advance the field of Arts in Health.
Jude Crannitch joined the ArtStream team in 2009.
Jude is a visual artist and musician originally from New Zealand. He has a deep and abiding love of American jazz, blues, and gospel music, and he feels fortunate to share this music with others.
Jude taught visual art, performance art and music at Washington Very Special Arts (WVSA), an organization serving youth with special needs, for 20 years. In this capacity, he applies the principle that art is a process of self-discovery, which gives the artist a perspective on him/herself in the context of the internal and external environment.
His work includes music and art infusion through Studio G at Georgetown University Hospital’s pediatric unit over the last 18 years. He has conducted art and music sessions at DC Veterans Hospital working with post-traumatic stress (PTS) patients and elderly veterans in the nursing home. Jude transferred this experience to other nursing homes and Walter Reed National Military Medical Centers, where he worked with PTS and Traumatic Brain Injury patients.
Over the years of applying the rudimentary elements within art and music, he has gained an appreciation of their power to transcend the barriers that otherwise block communication and healing. With ArtStream, Jude leads music sessions with Military Hospital programs.
Ermyn King, MA, RDT
Ermyn King joined the ArtStream team in 2009.
Ermyn is a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT), certified and experienced teacher, and seasoned arts in health and arts education administrator and practitioner (applied drama, storytelling, puppetry, and integrated arts specialist) with expertise in universal arts/cultural access ensuring inclusion of individuals with diverse disabilities. She holds an MA in Speech & Dramatic Arts/Drama for the Young from Eastern Michigan University, and a BS in Education from Penn State. She has also completed graduate coursework and training in special education, grief and bereavement, arts in healthcare, arts in the military, creative aging, play therapy, and the creative arts therapies.
Ermyn served as ArtStream’s Director of Hospital and Hospice Programs from 2009 to 2012. In this capacity, she directed, designed, and/or delivered arts in health programming in such settings as The Children’s Inn at The National Institutes of Health, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Hospice Caring, and The Specialty Hospital of Washington and Capitol Hill Nursing Center, among others.
Since 2010, Ermyn has been part of ArtStream’s artists-in-residence team providing a portfolio of creative services for patients, families, and staff in military healthcare through two programs – Allies in the Arts (which began at WRAMC before moving to WRNMMC in 2011), and You Are A Work of Art (launched in 2013 at WRNMMC to foster staff morale and renewal).
Ermyn worked as Creative Arts Program Coordinator at WRNMMC from 2012 to 2014. She has been active in the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, and was an arts consultant for the Veterans Administration Arts, Health and Well-Being Pilot Project and its national expansion.
Ermyn’s arts in health work history also includes directing Penn State’s Arts & Health Outreach Initiative, serving as Arts Program Specialist at Children’s National Medical Center, and working as an artist in healthcare at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (Studio G program in Pediatrics), The HSC Pediatric Center, and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. Ermyn received Penn State’s 2001 Barash Award for Human Service for her work creating the CARESS arts program for breast cancer survivors and co-founding Pennsylvania’s first audio description service for persons who are blind or have low vision. She was named a Distinguished Fellow of and consultant for the Global Alliance for Arts & Health (former Society for the Arts in Healthcare), for which she also co-presented national arts access and arts in the military webinars.
Ermyn provides audio description training, is an audio describer at The Kennedy Center and other venues, and worked with VSA Pennsylvania to stimulate statewide arts/cultural accessibility and training on arts engagement for those on the autism spectrum. She also served as a drama/theater educator at the award-winning Fillmore Arts Center (District of Columbia Public Schools), workshop leader and author for the Arts in Special Education Project of Pennsylvania, and Arts Education Specialist and teaching artist for the Arts in Education Program of Central Intermediate Unit 10 (part of the public education governance structure in Pennsylvania, serving 3 counties and 12 school districts). Ermyn was selected as one of 31 outstanding U.S. arts educators by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Nancy Gurganus joined the ArtStream team in 2009.
Nancy is a visual artist. She attended George Washington University. She graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in Graphic Design/Illustration. At Trinity College (Washington, DC) she completed several post-graduate education courses. After graduation from MICA, she enlisted in VISTA (currently an arm of Americorps) and served for one year in South Dade County, FL. Nancy was involved in starting a quilt-making cooperative with senior citizens and after-school art camps. She has since worked for over 30 years as a graphic designer for local government facilities, design firms. and advertising agencies. Her personal art exploration covers a multitude of media, but concentrates on printmaking.
Nancy has provided art experiences for pre-school and elementary-age students for over 20 years. With WVSA and Studio G for the past 17 years, she ignites children’s creative expression in the homes of at-risk families and at Georgetown University Hospital PICU. As a teaching artist with ArtStream’s Military Hospitals Programs, she feels privileged to work with patients, their families, and nursing staff.