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 mind-set, so UW Health places an emphasis on making artistic interludes available to our patients.
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.
Rotating Art Exhibits
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 are a few featured pieces.
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.
"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
Geometry, Cherie St. Cyr
Quilts by Cherie St. Cyr
Where: University Hospital, 2nd Floor, Hospital Entrance
When: July 31-August 25
"All of my work begins as a bolt of white cloth which I dye and manipulate with a variety of food grade resists. I construct my quilts from the abundant stash of colored textiles in my studio on the near east side of Madison. The interplay of hot and cool colors is inspiring to me. My work can be seen throughout the University of Wisconsin Hospital System as I am the most represented artist here." - Cherie St. Cyr
Swans, C. K. Chang
Paintings by 5 Painters
Where: University Hospital, 2nd Floor, Surgical Waiting Area
When: July 29-August 26
Website: YouTube channel
Image: Swans, by C. K. Chang
The Five Painters have painted and exhibited their artwork together in Madison and other Wisconsin locations for more than 20 years. Each one of them has his/her own styles and subject matters, but complements and supports each other well. They also are passionate about encouraging the love of art in others by supporting children and youth programs such as Bridging Generations and STAMP, endowing awards at the Wisconsin Regional Artists Program State Show and coordinating regional exhibits for the Wisconsin Regional Art Association.
Wire Wrap, Ellen Schwenn
Jewelry by Ellen Schwenn
Where: University Hospital, 2nd Floor, Surgical Waiting Area Display Cases
When: August 1-25
Image: Wire Wrap
"Each piece of jewelry is one of a kind, and is created by combining three layers of fusible glass. The base layer is usually a solid color; the middle layer consists of more cut glass, clear or opaque, dichroic glass (jewel-like, brilliant glass); and the top layer is a clear piece of glass which "caps" the entire piece and gives it brilliance and shine. After cutting and assembling the glass, I put the layered piece in a kiln and fire it to a temperature of 1700°F. I usually do a full fuse, which means the glass entirely melts in to each other and the top is seamless. The glass is then annealed, which is a process of heating and then slowly cooling in order to strengthen the glass." - Ellen Schwenn
Walking in the Rain, C.K. Chang
Paintings by Dr. C.K. Chang
Where: Signe Skott Cooper School of Nursing, Enroth Hall
When: July 28-October 31
Image: Walking in the Rain
Italian Bistro, Amy Austin
Paintings by Amy Austin
Where: Health Sciences Learning Center, 1st Floor Atrium
When: August 1-28
Image: Italian Bistro
August will feature acrylic paintings of Amy Austin. Her paintings are a diverse collection with images from North Carolina, New York, Texas and Wisconsin. She uses bold colors with an impressionist technique to bring her work to life on canvas.
Transparency, Heidi Eckstein
Photography by Heidi Eckstein
Where: Health Sciences Learning Center, 2nd Floor Lobby
When: August 2-28
Miss Heidi is a native Madisonian. She enjoys working with kids in both the school and clinic setting. As a pediatric physical therapist, she began her love of photography working with children in their natural setting and capturing the essence of children with her camera. Heidi is a mom of three (all girls) and she loves to cook.
Flag Bearer, Trudi Theisen
Paintings by Trudi Theisen and Hedy Wolf
Where: UW Health at the American Center, 2nd Floor, American Bistro
When: July 27-November 2
Image: Flag Bearer, by Trudi Theisen
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 email@example.com with any questions about our music program.