Nov 27, 2018 8:00 AM


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About Art at HCI

When developing plans for Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), Jon M. and Karen Huntsman envisioned an inspirational environment and believed art was an important part of that vision.

Patients, families, staff, and care providers enjoy hundreds of works of art throughout the buildings. Curated by volunteer experts, the collection was donated by patients, doctors, and artists. “It warms up the space and gives it life,” said Karen. “People who come here are sick, or they wouldn’t be here. You want to embrace them with all the beauty you can so they can take their minds off their troubles.”

Mark Peterson noticed the beautiful art when he spent time as an inpatient. He and his family have shown their gratitude to HCI in myriad ways. He and his wife, Nancy, made generous financial contributions, named the hospital family room in honor of HCI oncologist John Ward, MD, and introduced their adult children to the importance of giving back. Their children also became major donors to HCI.

People who come here are sick, or they wouldn’t be here. You want to embrace them with all the beauty you can so they can take their minds off their troubles.

Throughout their relationship with HCI, which continues to this day, the Peterson family asked, “What more can we do to improve the experience for other patients and families who will walk in our shoes as cancer patients and caregivers?”

Imagine the collective surprise and gratitude when the family donated its entire collection of early Utah art to Huntsman Cancer Foundation to be displayed at HCI for all to enjoy.

Thanks to the generosity of the V. Mark and Nancy Peterson family and the P.I. Foundation, HCI exhibits a significant selection of extraordinary Utah art. These works feature artists such as C.C.A. Christensen, Henry Culmer, John Hafen, James Harwood, Frank Huff, Alfred Lambourne, B.F. Larsen, William Major, George Martin Ottinger, LeConte Stewart, and Mahonri Young.

A number of these works are featured in the first floor pharmacy area, on the sixth floor adjacent to the Cancer Learning Center (where a collection of the work of landscape artist LeConte Stewart is housed), in the hallway leading from the cancer hospital to the research building, and in the fourth floor waiting area.

Visitors to HCI are invited to view the collection and celebrate Utah’s artistic heritage while enjoying the beautiful art and architecture throughout the cancer hospital and research buildings.

Learn about making art donations to HCI.

 

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