University of Iowa Children's Hospital

Iowa City


Our favorite Hawkeye moment has to be on Kids Day when the Kid Captains open the door to the Iowa Hawkeye locker room and see their own jerseys and posters hanging in the player’s lockers. That’s a moment we know each of those families will treasure for a lifetime. It gives us goose bumps. – Cheryl Hodgson

about the artist

The University of Iowa Children’s Hospital has been dedicated to meeting the health care needs of children and families since 1919. As Iowa’s only comprehensive children’s hospital, it provides care for children from birth to young adulthood, intiates groundbreaking research for childhood diseases, and trains health care professionals.


Featuring artwork from 180 Iowa children, Faces of Herky was a labor of love that turned self-portraits into a long-lasting tribute to Iowa’s children. Child life therapist Gwen Senio and UI Children’s art therapist Kamila Agi-Mejias helped acquire the art from patients, while families from across the state also submitted artwork. Members of the UI Health Care Marketing team, Art Director Lee Ann Eddins, Marketing Manager Cheryl Hodgson, and designer Michelle Rohrbacher created the statue. The portraits were scanned, reduced in size, printed on acid-free paper, and applied by hand using a process similar to decoupage. Children 18 months to 18 years old created the artwork. Those too young to draw are represented by a footprint or handprint.


Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois, 730 Hawkins Dr, Iowa City

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