Healing through visual arts
The Bryan Medical Center Art Gallery promotes healing, enhances quality of life and reaffirms the human spirit through the visual arts. We invite you to stop by and view the unique and beautiful artwork created by local artists.
Located on the first floor of Bryan East Campus, the Art Gallery showcases a renowned artist each month. Displayed artwork is available for sale.
September Artist - Jan Christensen
In the early 1960s, when Bryan Memorial Hospital was just one four-story building along 48th & Sumner Street, September 2021’s artist, Jan Christensen began by volunteering at Bryan as a Candy-Striper (people who pushed a cart around the floors with magazines, books, & snacks for patients in the hospital). Once Christensen turned fourteen, she obtained a food handlers and special work permit to be able to work in the kitchen of Bryan as a tray-line worker.
This employment was foundational training for her life ahead and income toward her college career and first car. Christensen received a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (spending her senior year of college at Massachusetts College of Art) and was a recipient of a scholarship from the Massachusetts Council of the Arts to attend the pilot program for a Certificate in Arts Administration, College of Business, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She also attended arts programs at the University of Maryland (National Endowment for the Arts) and the University of Rochester Annual Writer’s Workshop. She is a Life Member of Sheldon Museum.
Christensen’s artwork can be found in the permanent collections of Sheldon Art Museum, Museum of Nebraska Art, Great Plains Art Museum, Pinnacle Bank, Jones Bank, Frontier Bank, Nebraska Synod – ELCA, Perry Reid Properties, College of Pharmacy UNMC, National Indemnity of Omaha, EducationQuest Foundation, Arthur Anderson & Co, Seneca Paper Group, Monroe Community College, Detection Systems Inc, Haverhill Historical Society and numerous private collections.
In the mid-1970s, as a sales representative for a Fortune 50 company, her territory included central Nebraska and portions of the Nebraska Sandhills. This travelling through the Sandhills has remained a lifelong passion as a subject for her artwork. This selection of work demonstrates the beauty to be found in those wide open spaces.