Art and Music
The arts are a sometimes underappreciated component of the patient experience. A lovely song or a beautiful picture can go a long way toward helping patients maintain a positive mindset, so UW Health places an emphasis on making artistic interludes available to our patients.
Arts in Health Care
The Arts in Health Care program has provided artistic opportunities to adult patients and families at the University Hospital since 2008.
About Arts in Health Care
A dedicated team of Arts in Health Care volunteers work closely with the program coordinator, Sarah Petto (MFA), to provide our adult patients and families with support during what can be a difficult time. We offer bedside art activities as well as art workshops for patients and caregivers.
The program offers a variety of art-making activities to our inpatients as they are diagnosed, recovering from a medical procedure, or during a treatment. Our goal is to offer comfort, relieve anxiety, provide some symptom relief, empower self-awareness and offer an outlet for emotional expression. Through this hands-on art-making, we are promoting wellness and adding to each patient's coping skills during a hospital visit.
Contact Arts in Health Care
For more information, please contact Sarah Petto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Galleries and Exhibitions
A number of UW Health patient care locations feature rotating art exhibits that contribute to the healing environment we want to provide for our patients and their friends and families.
Artwork on display may be purchased through the University Hospital Gift Shop or by contacting Mandy Kron at (608) 263-5992. Artists pay a 20 percent commission from sales and this money is used to purchase art for public and patient areas.
Donate to the Art Program
Please contact art coordinator Mandy Kron at email@example.com. To ensure we have the proper resources to care for and display our art, we must carefully consider all art donations.
Permanent Art Collection
The hospital has been collecting both donated and purchased art for more than 30 years. Our facilities feature thousands of pieces of original artwork, most by local and regional artists. Here a a few featured pieces.
Rotating Art Exhibits
Cognac by Colette Girard
Madison Art Guild Summer Salon
Where: University Hospital, 2nd Floor, Hospital Entrance, Surgical Waiting Area, Surgical Waiting Area Display Cases.
When: June 3-July 29.
Image: Cognac by Colette Girard.
The Madison Art Guild is one of the oldest guilds in Wisconsin. There are over 130 artists working in mediums such as painting, watercolor, jewelry, wood, ceramics, glass, fiber, and more. It is a juried Guild. Madison Art Guild is a non-profit organization involved community outreach, scholarships, art exhibits, art investigation and discourse.
The Promise of Spring, Frank Lawrence
Paintings by Frank Lawrence
Where: University Hospital, 1st Floor, Carbone Cancer Center Waiting Room.
When: June 28-September 27.
Image: The Promise of Spring, Frank Lawrence.
"I work in a spontaneous unpremeditated manner concerning myself primarily with color and texture play allowing form and meaning to emerge in the process. My technique evolves from my work ethic and my love for the tools and materials. My goal is to express my own affirmation of life embracing challenge and struggle - while hopefully offering viewers a refuge, an opportunity for contemplation, imagination, discovery and wonder." - Frank Lawrence
Tapa Cloth Maker, Siraj Hull
Tales of the South Pacific by Siraj Hull
Where: Health Sciences Learning Center, 1st Floor Atrium.
When: June 29-August 1.
Image: Tapa Cloth Maker, Siraj Hull.
"My husband and I have spent over 10 winters in various parts (Fiji, Cook Islands, Tonga, Marshal Islands, Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa, Society Islands, French Polynesia) of the South Pacific. I tried to capture samples of what I've seen and experienced while living in the South Pacific. I've chosen some fruits, flowers, people, landscapes, legend and lifestyles in my paintings. Most of my paintings are watercolor, but I have also included oil, acrylic, mixed media and 3-D fiber art. While living in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, I studied an artwork that is very dear to me, using recycled Tapa Cloth from a noted Tongan artist. I've included one piece of my Tongan Tapa Cloth artwork for this display." – Siraj Hull
From the Havana series by Robert Polzner
Havana: Photography by Robert Pozner
Where: Health Sciences Learning Center, 2nd Floor Lobby.
When: June 1-August 2.
Image: From the Havana series by Robert Polzner
Havana is poor. The people of Havana are not. Lack of money and material possessions does not stop Cubans from getting the most out of life. Working on their 1950s vintage cars, dancing to live music in the streets or strolling along the Malecón, Cubans always seem to be happy, warm towards tourists and optimistic that life will get better. The images in this exhibition provide a flavor of life in Havana in 2017 as Cuba moves toward a more open economy and society.
Mark and Carol Pflughoeft
Where: UW Health at the American Center, 2nd Floor, American Bistro.
When: April 27-July 27.
Image: Artwork by Mark and Carol Pflughoeft.
Mark and Carol Pflughoeft are local artists from McFarland. An abstract painter for over 45 years, Mark’s newest series "Coalescence" features strong organic lines, tactile textures and soft color blends combined with strong hard-edged compositions. Carol creates unique digital images in Photoshop by layering her original photography with original fractal images created using Ultra Fractal software.
Photography by Jennifer Dins
Where: Signe Skott Cooper School of Nursing, Enroth Hall, 701 Highland Avenue.
When: April 28-July 28.
Image: Photography by Jennifer Dins.
Jennifer Dins is a retired corporate manager and a life-long artist who is now exploring her world and mastering the art of what she calls "adventure" photography. A stage III cancer survivor of 11 years, Jennifer traded the 60-hour-work-week and corporate ladder for a camera and a backpack. Photography has always been a passion of hers, but a career focus got in the way. Now "benched" due to her cancer diagnosis, Jennifer's creative spirit is reborn, and she is back in a new game and living life. Her love of nature's textures, depth, sounds and beauty(regardless of the weather) shine in this exhibit.
To contribute to the healing environment we want to provide to all patients and families, volunteer musicians perform in public areas of University Hospital and American Family Children’s Hospital, as well as on inpatient units.
Volunteering to Play Music
Two baby grand pianos and an electronic keyboard are available for use. There are also opportunities for one-time performances by school choirs or string quartets. Volunteer musicians wishing to come in on a regular basis must give an informal audition and attend volunteer orientation.
Contact UW Health's Volunteer Music Program
Please contact Mandy Kron at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about our music program.