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Michael Adler's astrophotography featured at artist talk

Astrophotographer Michael Adler will give an artist talk titled, "Images from the Sun & Moon to Deep Space," on Thursday, April 19 at noon in St. John's Professional Office Building.

Adler’s talk will highlight 12 images he recently donated to the medical center. They are currently being exhibited in the Professional Office Building on the hospital campus. Additional images are on display at St. John’s Urgent Care.Piece of Art

“We are delighted to have these ethereal and inspiring images as part of our collection,” said Rachel Merrell, director of development for St. John’s Hospital Foundation. “With Mike’s gift, we are helping to further our mission of bringing healing art to our community.”

Adler will describe the observatory in Wilson where all of the images were taken, as well as the process he used to take them. The photos, printed on metal, range from images of the sun -- taken in multiple short exposures during last August's eclipse -- to images of deep space nebulas and galaxies 2.5 million light years away that took 40 hours to complete. Adler will discuss the subjects of each of the images, including what they are, their size, distance, and other pertinent details.

The talk will take place in the Innovation Center (suite 206) at St. John’s Professional Office Building, 555 E. Broadway. The room is accessible through entrance E. A light lunch will be provided.

Please contact Rachel Merrell, at or 307.739.7529, to reserve your space by April 17. Free and open to the public.


Media contact: Karen Connelly, 739 7380,

St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term care Living Center.

The mission of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation is to secure philanthropic support to advance the mission and strategic objectives of St. John’s Medical Center, including patient-centered care, clinical excellence, and community wellness. For more information about the Foundation, please contact John Goettler at 307.739.7516 or


Clinical studies show that art is a critical part of a healing environment. Patients who are exposed to art that is calming, positive, and affirming have lower rates of pain, shorter hospital stays, and generally experience better clinical outcomes. The Art and Healing collaboration began in 2016 as a natural way to build on the existing efforts of the St. John’s art committee, the St. John’s Hospital Foundation, and the Center for the Arts’ Theater Gallery program. To learn more about the Art and Healing program, please contact St. John’s Office of Patient Experience at 307.739.7479.


After earning a PhD in solid state physics from MIT in 1971, Mike began his career at General Electric, where he worked until his retirement in 2000. He is widely published in the area of semiconductor physics, with over 100 papers. Based on his work, he was named a fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the world’s largest professional society, and was its president in 2003. Since retiring, Mike has been pursuing his hobbies of astronomy and photography as well as traveling with his wife Virginia. In 2014, he built an observatory at his Wilson home that houses 20”, 12.5”, and 6” telescopes. In 2013, his astrophotography was featured as the inaugural exhibit at the Teton County Library, where he had additional exhibits in 2015 and 2017. Mike has been giving talks on a number of topics in astronomy, geology, and travel to groups in NY, WY, NH, and Ontario. Mike is also the vice president of Wyoming Stargazing, with the goal of furthering appreciation and education of astronomy. Mike may be contacted by email at His astrophotography website is