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The Boynton Arts Program

At Boynton Health Service, we believe the arts can inspire confidence, nurture resilience and unlock opportunities—enabling the entire campus community to be their best selves. This year, we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Boynton Arts Program by offering three marquee events:

Cirque De-Stress: Experience circus arts and learn about stress and mental health resources while having fun.

Finding Harmony: Music & Mental Health: Reduce your stress via unplugged song performances by local artists who’ve dealt with mental health issues.

Mental Health Art Exhibition: A showcase of University of Minnesota students, staff and faculty artworks that draw the line between stress and mental health.

The goal of The Boynton Arts Program is to harness the power of arts to educate University students, faculty and staff about health issues and to help reduce stress within the campus community by offering arts experiences in many different forms.

Current Art Exhibit at Boynton

Artwork by Nicky Torkzadeh
Oct. 30–Dec. 7, 2015
Roen Room Gallery
View exhibition postcard (PDF)

Artist: Nicky Torkzadeh image: Leafy Sea Dragon


Thanks to strong relationships with the Department of Art and Department of Music, and a driven art committee chair, since 2007 Boynton has acquired more than 150 works of art. The following are some highlights from our collection.

Amaru Ro-Aguilar
M.F.A., University of Minnesota, 2000
Acrylic on Paper


Thomas Allen

Thomas Allen
M.F.A., University of Minnesota, 1996
Chemistry, 2006
Chromogenic Print


Jill Bezecny
Accountant, College of Design, University of Minnesota
Chaos Theory
Mixed Media


Craig Blacklock
Senior Fellow, Center for Spirituality and Healing, U of M
Chester Creek, Duluth, MN, 1998, Inkjet Print

Sarah Christianson
M.F.A., University of Minnesota, 2009
Barn, Christianson Farm (Cummings, ND), 2007
Gelatin Silver Print

Barbara Evan
B.A., Teaching Specialist, Mechanical Engineering, U of M
Caliope, 2006
Acrylic on Masonite with "collaged objects"

Justin Finch
Doctor of Medicine, University of Minnesota
Zao Woman, 2008
Inkjet Print


Michael Hersman
B.A., University of Minnesota, 2004
The Music of the Living Earth, 2004
Oil on Canvas


Josephine Lewis
M.F.A., University of Minnesota, 2008
Laundry, 2006
Oil on Canvas


Kathy Miller
Related Arts/Interior Decorating, University of Minnesota
Winter Walk


Joonja Mornes
Architectural Librarian, University of Minnesota
1981-2009, Prarie Walk, 1995
Acrylic on Canvas 


Bob Payton
Master of Education, University of Minnesota
Gamma Kappa, 2006
Cotton Fabric Collage


Michael J. Peters
B.S.B., Marketing and Entrepreneurial Management, U of M, 2006
Washington Avenue Bridge, Sunny Afternoon, 2009
Oil on Linen Canvas




About Boynton's Artwork

In 2007, Boynton Health Service formed an art committee charged with enhancing the healing environment of Boynton Health Service through art.

All artists represented in Boynton’s collection have a University of Minnesota connection. Most of Boynton’s collection was made possible by art loans, art contests, rotating exhibits, classroom art projects, and generous donations from artists and art patrons. Boynton also purchases artwork on occasion.

Each year, Boynton’s art committee publishes an art calendar featuring works of art currently displayed at Boynton Health Service.

For more information about Boynton's efforts to incorporate art in healing environment, contact Gary Christenson at

Previous Exhibits

Smoke & Mirrors
Creating Belief in Healing Practice

Artwork by Vance Gellert
Sept. 9–Oct. 29, 2015
Roen Room Gallery and Third Floor Gallery
View exhibition postcard (PDF)

Chasing Night
Artwork by Cynthia Kath
June 4–Aug. 28, 2015
Roen Room Gallery
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On Fire
Artwork by Beth Andrews
June 3–Aug. 25, 2015
Third Floor Gallery
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Strong Women
Artwork by Margaret Carroll
March 17, 2015–May 25, 2015
Roen Room Gallery
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Artwork by Matthew Sadler
Jan. 12, 2015–March 31, 2015
Third Floor Gallery
View exhibition postcard (PDF)
Visit artist's website

"Fanciful Fauna" Intaglio and Lithographic prints
Artwork by Malcolm H. Myers
Jan. 5, 2015–Feb. 27, 2015
Roen Room Gallery
View exhibition postcard (PDF)

Artwork by Barbara Becker
Nov. 3, 2014–Jan. 5, 2015
View exhibition postcard (PDF)

Artwork by Patti Peterson
Nov. 3, 2014–Dec. 31, 2014
View exhibition postcard (PDF)

Anxiety. Sculpts. Color.
Artwork by Sara Paul
Sept. 10–Oct. 31, 2014
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Paintings by Marjorie Schalles
April 2–May 30, 2014
View exhibition postcard (PDF)
Visit artist's website

Works by Laura Bergren

March 3–April 30, 2014
View exhibition postcard (PDF)
Visit artist's website

Portraits by Barbara Porwit

January 6–February 28, 2014
Roen Room (W120), Boynton Health Service
View exhibition postcard (PDF)
Visit Superhero Portraits website.

Digital Photography by Gary B. Johnson, MD, MPH, FACOEM

November 11–December 31, 2013
View exhibition postcard (PDF)

3-color screenprints by Adam Turman

November 1–December 31, 2013
Artist’s website:
View exhibition postcard (PDF)

Music at Boynton

From time to time, students studying music therapy perform live music in clinic waiting areas on the second and third floors.

Boynton Health Service

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Minneapolis, MN, 55455

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