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Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence Program serves patients, their loved ones, and health care staff by bringing art making to health care settings. Huntsman Cancer Institute's artist in residence is Colour Maisch, with Jorge Rojas as a consultant to the program.

Art is a means of self-expression and communication. Learning about and creating art can increase our empathy and perception. In a hospital setting, art offers the following:

  • An opportunity for patients and their loved ones to focus on something other than the illness and physical state of the patient
  • Relief from boredom, stress, fear, and pain associated with diagnosis and treatment
  • A means for patients and their loved ones to take charge, be in control, and make independent choices based on their artistic creations

Through the program, a professional artist ("artist in residence") is selected who comes to the hospital a specific day each week and works with patients and their loved ones to learn about, discuss, and create art. These artists develop supportive relationships with patients and offer them something to look forward to during inpatient stays.

Our program was featured on  KSL News.


Upcoming Events

Reach for the stars

September 5 & 12
Reach for the Stars
Please join us to create this group project for the Wellness Center! We will create serf-portraits of our individual hands that will then be incorporated to a group art piece! This is a two week project, but lease come, even if you only have ten minutes.

Personal Prayer Bracelets

September 19 – Ron Butkivitch
Personal Prayer Bracelets with visiting artist
Come help us create these beautiful prayer bracelets and necklaces. We will be creating individual pieces as well as supply to hand out as gifts at our art show this fall! We will have a variety of beads for you to choose from.

100 Hearts

September 26
100 Hearts!
We will be creating our own personal hearts from collage. Then we will assemble them into one piece of art. Because 100 hearts are better than one! 


October 3
Saori Weaving
Join us for a day of beautiful weaving with Karen Elrod' This is a meditative style of weaving that everyone can do.

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Scratch Art
This is a super fun project! We will be making small scratch art drawings that you can frame or give to a loved one.

October 17
Expressive Drawing
Join us in creating our own expressive drawings while we explore fun materials! Super fun project.

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Painted Rocks
Yes Rocks! We will be turing these rocks into little wise treasures! Please join us!
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Halloween Masks
No need to be scared! Please join us in creating our own Halloween masks! No experience needed.
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Wish Flags
We will be creating our own prayer flags and putting our wishes and prayers out in the universe.

November 11
Painted Gourds
This is a very fun project. You can put them on your table or use them as gifts.

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Becuase everybody needs more bookmarks, they make a great gift! Please join us to create your own. No experience needed!
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Expressive Drawing
We will be creating our own expressive drawings with water crayons! These can be framed for a wonderful Christmas gift!

December 5
Christmas Cards
We will be printing our own Christmas Cards with Gelli Prints! No experience needed.

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Gift Tags
We will be printing our own gift tags for Christmas presents with Gelli Prints! Please join us!

December 19
Wrapping Paper
We will be creating our own wrapping apper for Christmas presents! Please join us!

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Expressive Drawing
Please join us for a relaxing time after the holidays to create our own expressive drawings with water color crayons and other fun materials!

Stacy Phillips

Stacy Phillips – Current Artist in Residence

Stacy Phillips has been a studio artist in the Salt Lake City area for more than 20 years. After growing up in northern California, she moved across the country, where she earned a degree in fine arts and business from Keene State College in New Hampshire. She landed in Park City, Utah, where she opened the Flat Rabbit Gallery but later sold it to pursue a studio practice. Her work has been shown across the country, with several solo and group gallery exhibitions in New York, Utah, and California.

Phillips is grateful to be at HCI and looks forward to working with the compassionate, progressive team in the Wellness and Integrative Health Center. She believes that art is healing and wants to help facilitate a safe space for patients, caregivers, and staff to experience art as expression. Pablo Picasso said it best: "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."

Lindsay Frei Lindsay Frei

Lindsay Frei received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Utah, where she taught painting and drawing courses and received the Howard Clark Exhibition Scholarship.

Frei’s work has been exhibited in galleries throughout Utah, California, and New York, and has been featured in multiple industry publications. She is very excited to be working with the patients, their families, and staff at HCI as an Artist in Residence.

Video Bio

colour_bio Colour Maisch - Consultant and Workshop Coordinator, Artist in Residence 2014-2015

Colour Maisch is a mixed-media artist and educator. She received a master of fine arts degree with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Utah, where she also taught sculptural ceramics.

Maisch’s artwork is born from her belief that magic is available in the most mundane of materials. While she mainly works three-dimensionally using clay and other commonplace objects—such as nylon stockings and milkweed—she also creates two-dimensional paintings using industrial materials like rust and drywall mastic. It is beauty within the everyday that she seeks to uncover, regardless of the format.

Maisch’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Utah and the Intermountain West, including Nox Contemporary, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery UAF, Kayo, Finch Lane, Patrick Moore, Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center, University of Utah, and BYU. She also participated in various artist residencies at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and The Pickle Company. Maisch currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Steve. In addition to art and education, she is passionate about great food and is co-owner of local catering company The Blended Table.  



jorge rojas Jorge Rojas - Consultant, Artist in Residence 2012-2014

Jorge Rojas is an artist, curator, and art educator. He studied art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes-El Nigromante in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas uses both traditional and new media, as well as performance, to explore the creation and processes involved in artistic production.

He has taught mural painting and other art-related workshops throughout the New York City public school system and has lead several art-related workshops in Salt Lake City. His work and curatorial projects have been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, including Queens Museum of Art, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; New World Museum, Houston; Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City; and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City.

Rojas has received grants and fellowships that include the National Performance Network's VAN Residency, Experimental Television Center, West Chicago City Museum Artist in Residency Program, Vermont Studio Center, and Project Row Houses. Rojas is the founding director of Low Lives, an international, multi-venue online performance festival founded in 2009.

Rojas was born in Morelos, Mexico. He works and lives in Salt Lake City, along with his wife Jenna and son Felix.


Artist in Residence Program's First Year