Praying Angel sculpture donated to St. Elizabeth

Photo provided by Jon Hirsch -- Praying Angel, a sculpture by Gene F. Spann, is donated by Spann and her family to St. Elizabeth Hospital. Gathering for the recent donation are, seated from left, Spann and her son, Grey Spann; standing, Frances Prestridge, a member of St. Elizabeth Hospital's Patient Loyalty Council; Sue Knight, chief operating officer, St. Elizabeth Hospital; and Martha Spiess, guest services coordinator. Show caption
Photo provided by Jon Hirsch -- Praying Angel, a sculpture by Gene F. Spann, is donated by Spann and her family to St. Elizabeth Hospital. Gathering for the recent donation are, seated from left, Spann and her son, Grey Spann; standing, Frances Prestridge, a member of St. Elizabeth Hospital's Patient Loyalty Council; Sue Knight, chief operating officer, St. Elizabeth Hospital; and Martha Spiess, guest services coordinator.

Artist Gene F. Spann and her son, Grey Spann, donated on July 19 her Praying Angel sculpture to St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Spann and her family were looking for places to house many of her works since she decided to move into a smaller space, a news release from the hospital says.

A fellow artist, friend and student of Spann, Frances Prestridge, was enlisted to help find homes for the works.

Prestridge, a member of the hospital’s Patient Loyalty Council, suggested that the sculpture of the angel be placed at St. Elizabeth.

Spann studied art at LSU, and for more than three decades studied various art forms in Trinidad, Australia, Holland, Belgium and the U.S.

She has been honored as a fifth-level sculptor by the Board of State Artists in Belgium. The seventh level is the highest level bestowed, the release says.

“We are very grateful to Mrs. Spann and her family for donating this beautiful piece,” St. Elizabeth Chief Operating Officer Sue Knight said. “It is a true privilege to be able to display artwork from such a prestigious artist.”

The hospital plans to display the sculpture in its chapel.