Top Stories July 10, 2016

Hospital Focuses OnHealing

by Jackson Hole. Media

St. John’s Foundation Art & Healing Reception

St. John’s Hospital Foundation will host an Art & Healing reception on Tuesday, July 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the courtyard of the Professional Office Building (POB) on the St. John’s Medical Center campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will showcase several curated exhibits recently installed in the POB and offer the opportunity to hear from the artists and organizations who are partnering with St. John’s Hospital Foundation on the new Art & Healing Program.

“Our goal is to work with community partners, such as individual artists and the Center for the Arts, to create environments at the hospital that welcome patients and facilitate wellness and positive clinical outcomes,” said foundation vice president Jennifer Simon. “The feedback about these contributions has been overwhelmingly positive.”

The Art & Healing Program at the medical center is based on national best practices that demonstrate the value of the arts in healing spaces. The Art & Healing Program includes a permanent collection, curated exhibits, music therapy, and storytelling as a therapeutic modality.

The July 19 event will focus primarily on the curated exhibits currently on display in the hallways of the Professional Office Building. These exhibits are the result of a partnership between the Foundation and The Center for the Arts. “The Center is excited about this collaboration – we are honored to be part of providing an artful and positive experience to both patients and their families at the medical center,” stated Carrie Richer, Art in Public Spaces Coordinator at The Center.

Current installations in the Professional Office Building include:
Alissa Davies’ 2015 exhibition, “Processing: Mother-Moment-Memory,” is a diverse and electrifying inquiry into motherhood. Both colorful paintings and neutral sculptural pieces make up the show that now animates the north hallway of the Professional Building. Davies selected that hallway because of its proximity to her pediatrician’s office, with the hope that the artworks could continue to provide a personal connection for her and other new parents. On view throughout 2016.

Artist Shannon Troxler’s show, “Neverland,” would be incomplete without a cast of characters to populate its shores. After all, it is the characters of fiction that move us to tears, laughter and empathy. She has included some of her favorite characters, both human and creature, in this exhibit. If you look closely many of these works contain texts, maps and illustrations inspired by the original stories. This collection of paintings will inspire the viewer to read and revisit these incredible works of literature. On view throughout 2016.

Virginia Moore’s installation, “As Above, So Below,” reflects the artist’s deep love for mountain landscapes—and also a departure from a traditional way of viewing them. Inspired by aerial perspectives, she embarked on a new series of large-scale paintings to examine the land in a new way. The work not only represents a departure from her previous subject matter, but also in technique and materials.  The new work is of a larger scale than she has previously worked, and utilizes mixed-media compounds to create a heavily textured working surface.  On view throughout 2016.

ThinkWY/Wyoming Humanities Council sponsored “Comunidad Latinos: Then & Now,” by photographer Anne Muller. The exhibit tells the stories and shares the images of Latinos in our community, reveals their career choices, and speaks of the community contributions of ten outstanding members of our local Latino community. Ten years ago, Anne Muller created the Exhibition entitled “Porque. Why.”, which included stories of “why” Latinos had come to create their lives here in Jackson. “Comunidad Latinos: Then & Now” follows those same individuals to show their lives today. On view throughout 2016.

Anne Muller’s photographs for “The Awareness Project,” explores themes of community and poses the question: “What kind of community do we want to be?” The Awareness Project JH photo exhibit reveals the struggles and joys, hardships, and tenderness of people living in our community. The intention is to inspire community members to become actively engaged in seeking solutions to the current problems that challenge our community. Continue the conversation at theawarenessprojectjh.org. On view through October 15, 2016.

For more information on the Art & Healing Program or to join the waitlist to exhibit, please contact Jen Simon at 307 739 7529 or jsimon@tetonhospital.org(link sends e-mail). More information about the program and the reception is also available on the St. John’s Hospital Foundation new website: stjohnshospitalfoundation.org.

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