Tag Archives: Art Collection

Breese Nursing Home: an exploration of humanity and love

Ellen Jantzen Newport Beach, California, United States (Spring 2011)   I attended a nursing home Christmas party at the Breese Nursing Home in Illinois the week before Christmas, 2010 and was very moved by the residents and their families; it was a life-changing event for me. Before, while visiting my mother-in-law, I would divert my […]

Dreams of healing

Rev. Kari Lindholm-Johnson Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, United States (Winter 2011) As a chaplain at Swedish Covenant Hospital, I am continually humbled in experiencing the force of people’s desire for healing. Patients willingly subject themselves to rigorous treatments in the pursuit of life, entrusting themselves to healthcare workers. This strong yearning for healing was […]

Progressions, 2009

Zachary T. Hollis (Spring 2009) Artist statement Progressions is a work inspired by M.C. Escher, admired by many as a visual mathematician. The use of negative space and positive space, their play on each other, and how we perceive what we see has always been of great interest to Zachary Hollis. In regards to the […]


Vesna Jovanovic Chicago, Illinois, United States (Winter 2010)   Artist’s statement I began working on the Pareidolia series in 2002 as part of my interest in exploring the relationship between chance and order. After randomly spilling some ink on paper, I looked at the shapes and saw objects that I associate with science: test tubes, […]


Dr. Rory Hutchinson, MBBS, BSc, AICSM (Fall 2015)         Mixed media on canvas 100cm x 100cm (private collection) This painting is inspired by the plight of homeless patients and aims to highlight their loneliness and the isolation. Suspended in nothingness, the figure sits alone, surrounded by all he owns. He looks down, […]


Raina Cowan Chicago, Illinois, United States (Fall 2012) Artist’s statement While undergoing treatment for infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss, I became fascinated by the inner workings of the body. I made delicate watercolors: meditations on the elusive process of conception. Other pieces emerged: a cardboard marionette whose flayed heart is on the verge of bursting […]

Marc Chagall brings a message of hope and faith to the disabled

Rachel C. Baker Chicago, Illinois, United States (Summer 2009)   Rehabilitating the disabled requires not only physicians, nurses, therapists, psychologists, social workers, and speech pathologists, but also aesthetically appealing surroundings. According to visionary Henry B. Betts, MD, former President of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), We do this by surrounding each disabled person with […]

The fisherman’s lasagna: a love story about prescriptive photomontage and anorexia

Nancy Gershman, prescriptive artist Art For Your Sake, Chicago, Illinois, United States Lauren Lazar Stern, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (Fall 2010) Can Sally,1 a 32-year old struggling with anorexia also be a responsible student nurse on an eating disorder unit? The answer is never under-estimate the power of denial.2 The very qualities that masked Sally’s obsessive […]

“Normal” – “Hang in There” – “The Monster” and other work

Monika Filipiak Peszek (Fall 2010) About two years after my daughter was born, I was depressed. I didn’t want to go anywhere or do anything. I could feel myself growing heavier and heavier, and angrier and angrier. I was mad at my husband all the time. I blamed him for the way I was feeling. […]


Miriam Ancis (Winter 2015) Study 2: Gouache and Ink. 5 x 7.  2007.     Study 3: Gouache and Ink. 5 x 7. 2007     Green Wave 2: Pastel and Charcoal. 41 x 26. 2006     Cells 1: Charcoal and Ink. 22 x 30. 2007     MIRIAM ANCIS has an MFA in […]