An art installation donated to St. John's Hospital Foundation by a
group of local collectors now graces a large space in the recently completed
Birth Center. "We believe our Birth Center is unique and special
due to our visual connection to the natural Jackson Hole environment,
for instance our spectacular natural lighting and Elk Refuge views,"
said community relations director Karen Connelly. "We're grateful
to Bronwyn, the donors, and St. John's Hospital Foundation for offering
this final, perfect touch to enhance the experience for patients and families."
Borderlands features 51 three-dimensional rubbings of native plants, each
mounted behind a 1" thick piece of plexiglass. The pieces hang together
to create a single installation. The donors, a group of collectors calling
itself Fans of Bronwyn, initially viewed the artwork at the Jackson Hole
Center for the Arts and acquired the piece for the Foundation. After touring
various locations in the hospital, Minton and Foundation staff selected
the Birth Center due to its ambiance and natural light.
Families and staff alike are intrigued by the artwork. Like many of artist
Bronwyn Minton's works, Borderlands reflects a love of place. The
artist describes it as replicating “the experience of looking through
a magnifying glass or a microscope.” The artwork evokes the way
we interact with the natural world.
To create Borderlands, Minton collected green plants while hiking in and
around the Tetons. She took each plant back to her studio, covered it
with damp rice paper, and used a large round brush to tamp the paper onto
the plant to create a detailed relief.
Bronwyn Minton is the Associate Curator of Art at the National Museum of
Wildlife Art and a widely recognized sculptor. She holds a Master of Fine
Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bachelor’s degree
from the Rhode Island School of Design.
The Foundation and Fans of Bronwyn will host an artist talk and reception
at the hospital, where people can learn more about the artwork and the
process Minton used to create it.
The mission of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation is to broaden the
community’s understanding of and support for St. John’s Medical
Center and to inspire philanthropy to improve the health of our community.
For more information about the Foundation or its art program, please contact
Jen Simon at 739-7529.
Media Contact: Karen Connelly, 307-739-7380,