In the 608: Local artist’s work shining bright at UW Hospital

MADISON, Wis. – A local artist is brightening up the lives of those inside an area hospital.

UW Health makes a point to support local artists through their art program to add a little brightness into the space, so that’s exactly what Kat Culbertson did.

Culbertson recently completed a mural series inside the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at University Hospital.

“It’s a dream come true honestly. It is surreal sometimes,” Culbertson said. “I’m so grateful. I want to celebrate the people around me and celebrate the people that are willing to give me opportunities and continue to show up and give my best possible work at all times.”

You’ll find seven murals bringing some life into the newly remodeled space. Kat says it took a lot of planning, with some intricate details. Each mural of course is one big picture, but within that image, she placed some hidden images for patients to find and point out. Mental health awareness is something she keeps top of mind every day.

“I think it’s a conversation that needs to be had more often in every single way,” Culbertson added. “There are a lot of uncomfortable conversations, but the more we talk about it, the less uncomfortable it will be. I have not met a person that hasn’t been touched by mental health in some way. There is so much room and growth for understanding.”

We’ve met Culbertson before. She is one of the folks who helped design the new Madison BCycle Art Bikes.

If you’d like to follow along with more of her work in the community, you can follow her social media pages.