LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UofL Health – UofL Hospital and the J. David Richardson Trauma Center recognized and celebrated survivors of trauma through a sentimental art exhibit that shares their stories of triumph. The event, titled Live Beyond: A Celebration of Trauma Survivors, tells the stories of 14 trauma survivors through photography, artwork and written word.

The chosen survivors, identified by members of the J. David Richardson Trauma Center, have injuries ranging from gunshot wounds to burns to car wrecks and more. Photographer Scotty Perry, writer Conner Mackowiak and art therapist Amy Mattingly have spent time with survivors capturing these stories, which were displayed at the Speed Art Museum.

This year’s theme centered around kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquered gold. The process is intended to treat breakage and repair as part of an object’s history instead of something to disguise.



The exhibit was showcased on National Trauma Survivors Day, dedicated to supporting survivors of traumatic injuries and their caretakers. The hope is that sharing and reflecting on their stories will not only help in their own healing journey but inspire others too.

The UofL Hospital – J. David Richardson Trauma Center is the only American College of Surgeons (ACS) verified Level I trauma center in the region. It is also a part of the Trauma Survivor Network (TSN), which was developed in 2008 by the American Trauma Society (ATS) to help trauma centers provide the support and services patients and their families need during their recovery from serious injury.

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