Spring Art Exhibits at UW Health

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Mandy Kron

Art Coordinator


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.


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The following exhibits are on display throughout April:


Madison Watercolor Society


Something Fishy, by Madge Macfarlane Where: University Hospital C5/2 Surgical Waiting Area

600 Highland Ave.

Madison, WI 53792

When: April 5-May 3

Website: www.madisonwatercolorsociety.org

Image: Something Fishy, by Madge Macfarlane


Since 1983, the Madison Watercolor Society has been dedicated to promoting interest in and elevating the stature of watercolor as a unique and lasting form of artistic expression. The Society is committed to providing a supportive environment that encourages the development and enhancement of each member's technical skill and creative journey. Activities include monthly member critiques, networking and information sharing, workshops led by nationally recognized artists and regular group exhibitions. We hope you enjoy exploring the Madison Watercolor Society exhibition and trust that you will appreciate our organization's dynamic strength as evidenced by the rich diversity of visual voices in these 42 paintings.





Jewelry by Jackie Cassidy

Jewelry by Jackie Cassidy 

Where: University Hospital Display Cases

600 Highland Ave.

Madison, WI 53792

When: April 8-May 2

Image: Jewelry by Jackie Cassidy


Jackie Cassidy was born in Sheboygan and moved to Madison at the age of 6 months. She attended Madison schools and, after working as a flight attendant for TWA and Wien Consolidated Airlines in Alaska, began a 36-year career as an ultrasound technician at University Hospital. She is now retired. She began making jewelry about 10 years ago. She and her work may be found at many art and holiday fairs in the Madison area. Traveling and grandchildren also occupy her time.








Unearthed: Leslie Iwai


From Unearthed, by Leslie IwaiWhere: University Hospital, 1st Floor, J5/1 Corridor

600 Highland Ave.

Madison, WI 53792

When: March 29-April 28

Website: www.leslieiwai.com

Image: From Unearthed, by Leslie Iwai


"As an artist working primarily in time-based installations and three dimensions, I document my work as a form of studying, remembering and capturing its hidden details and essential qualities. Photography is often the only place that a piece will exist past an initial exhibition. Most of my images are intimate and unshared. When considering what art to display for the UW Hospital, I began to think about my body of work and wanted to discover and share a fresh vision. With this in mind, I asked my husband, Steven Rikkers, to curate this collection. Gleaning through my photographs spanning from 1998 through 2019 was a monumental task and a labor of love. Our collaborative process has been one of joy, longing and beauty, one I have allowed myself for the first time. My hope is that his second set of eyes, looking at many of my photographs for the first time, would spark new connections and inspiration for me and for others." - Leslie Iwai





Photography by Zafer Gurel


Sky Lilies, by Zafer GurelWhere: University Hospital, 2nd Floor, E5/2 Hospital Entrance
600 Highland Ave.

Madison, WI 53792

When: April 9-May 2

Website: http://zafer-gurel.pixels.com/

Image: Sky Lilies, by Zafer Gurel 


"I currently work as a scientist in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I learned many things about art from classes that I crashed at my best friends' art school during my college years. The days I spent in these classes linger in my mind, and I remain interested in art. With that, one of my favorite hobbies is photography. Most of the photographs in this exhibit were captured in Wisconsin and some of them are from my hometown, Istanbul. You will find some original and some modified photographs." - Zafer Gurel






Paintings by Tom Lahy


Roundabout, by Tom LahyWhere: University Hospital, 1st Floor, G5/1 Corridor

600 Highland Ave.

Madison, WI 53792

When: March 30-April 28

Image: Roundabout, by Tom Lahy


"I will be exhibiting my recent acrylic and collage paintings. Most of the artwork will be matted and framed. There will be some additional gator board wall assemblages on display. The themes explore geometric abstraction, vivid color and dynamic designs. My inspirations are architectural forms, geometric abstract art, and contemporary art quilts." - Tom Lahy










Sun Prairie High School Student Art Showcase


Denim Dreams, by Niki AlghrimWhere: UW Health at the American Center, 2nd Floor, American Bistro

4602 Eastpark Blvd.

Madison, WI 53718

When: Feb. 1-April 25

Image: Denim Dreams, by Niki Alghrim


The selected works of some of the Art students at Sun Prairie High School have the honor of being displayed at UW Health at the American Center. The two-dimensional work represents a wide selection of media, concepts and subject matter. We are so excited to be able to highlight just a sample of the incredible artwork being created by the talented 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students at Sun Prairie High School.














Noël Ash: A Child-Based Life


Gabriela and Jorge, by Noël Ash Where: Signe Skott Cooper School of Nursing, Enroth Hall
701 Highland Ave.

Madison, WI 53705

When: Jan. 30-April 24

Website: www.noeljoyash.com

Image: Gabriela and Jorge, by Noël Ash


"From the inception of my Motherhood, I was bitten by the bug of perfection. Sure that I could find the right way to do everything, I read books and researched various publications, eventually turning to online forums in my desire to winnow the infinite ways to raise a perfectly balanced, emotionally secure, and physically healthy child. Little did I know the wormhole I had entered. Online forums, as it turns out, are not the safest place to share your fears and imperfections. Yet in an age where relationships are maintained electronically, reaching out for support can be difficult. More and more, the only aspects of our child-filled lives that we feel safe sharing are those that reflect our successes. But a photo that for one parent is a celebration of success can be received by another parent as an indictment of their own insufficiencies. I believe it is more important than ever to connect with actual, flawed people. These people are not found on the internet but in the real spaces of our neighborhoods and our homes. I am fortunate to live in a community of parents who, like me, are also graduate students. Our common desperation to meet the needs of our families while excelling at school helps us to be open about things like finding half-eaten apples in all corners of the house, yelling more than we'd like, and turning on the Television Babysitter a bit too often. These relationships help me to navigate the guilt." - Noël Ash





Helen Hawley


To Dream of Currents, by Helen Hawley Where: University Hospital, 1st Floor, J3/1 Carbone Center Waiting Room

600 Highland Ave.

Madison, WI 53792

When: March 28-June 25

Website: www.helenhawley.com

Image: To Dream of Currents, by Helen Hawley


The work in this exhibition includes cut paper paintings from an unpublished children's book and paintings on canvas. Helen Hawley is a multimedia artist. Her work was included in the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Endless and Mobile Beautiful exhibition at Flux Factory in Queens. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Madison.










Uplifting Art by Peyton and Mia Vander Steeg


Artwork by Peyton and Mia Vander Steeg Where: University Hospital, 2nd Floor, Atrium Way near Atrium Elevators

600 Highland Ave.

Madison, WI 53792

When: Through May 30

Image: Artwork by Peyton and Mia Vander Steeg


My name is Peyton Vander Steeg. I live in Sun Prairie. I am 11 years old and in 5th grade. I like to play sports such as basketball, football and soccer. I also like to go for bike rides and help my dad in the yard and garden. I love Disney World and the beach. We spend a lot of time outside, and the beach makes me so happy, that is why I chose to have a lake or ocean in my artwork. I hope these pictures bring some happiness to others.


My name is Mia Vander Steeg. I am from Sun Prairie and I am in 3rd grade. I am soon going to be 9. I made these pictures because I like spring, summer and beaches. In the spring and summer, my family likes to spend time outside at the beach. I hope these pictures make kids and adults feel happy when they see them. I also love to do art.

Date Published: 03/29/2019

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