If you walk the grounds and public spaces of Miami Cancer Institute, you’ll notice unique works of art, including sculptures, quilts and textiles. The pieces are part of the Institute’s Art and Design Collection, established through the leadership and support of Michael J. Zinner, M.D., founding CEO and executive medical director; and Leonard Alan Kalman, M.D., executive deputy director and chief medical officer. Both believe that surrounding patients and caregivers with art and beauty contributes to both their physical and emotional well-being.

Research has shown that patients exposed to the arts experience less pain, decreased anxiety and a better overall mindset during cancer treatment. Along with the Institute’s Arts in Medicine program, our Art and Design Program cares for the whole person—body, mind and spirit.

We are proud to acknowledge the inaugural Advisory Council members of the Art and Design program, whose dedication and contributions to this project made it reality.

  • Bruce A. Beal, Sr.
  • Paul Berg
  • Darlene Boytell-Parez
  • Simon Levine
  • Stefanie Block Reed

Art and Design Collection

Four large-scale sculptures by three distinguished American artists and a group of brilliantly colored textiles and quilts were made possible through donors’ generous gifts. The sculptures, donated by Earl and Christy Powell, grace the Institute’s grounds; while three dozen quilts and textiles, a gift of JPMorgan Chase, are presented throughout the first floor of the Institute, located on the main campus of Baptist Health South Florida.

The quilts and textiles were created by artists from around the globe between 1800 and the late 20th century. Coming from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas, many of these intricately crafted textiles and quilts were produced by unknown artisans who relied on knowledge handed down from generation to generation to create the pieces. Quilts and textiles in the Art and Design Collection served both ceremonial and practical uses, including bedding, wall hangings, currency and clothing for ritual dances. Many of these objects were made as gifts to mark a wedding or the birth of a child and were passed down as family heirlooms.

Baptist Health Foundation is grateful to the Powell family and JPMorgan Chase for their generous philanthropic support.

Special Exhibitions

To complement the Institute’s permanent holdings, the Art and Design Program features an ongoing series of special exhibitions in the Shaham Family Gallery. These exhibits, which change on a regular basis, highlight the work of artists and art with ties to South Florida. The inaugural exhibition celebrates the work of Lynne Golob Gelfman (1944-2020), a highly respected painter who moved to Miami in the early 1970s. The six large paintings on view in the Shaham Family Gallery reveal Golob Gelfman’s distinctive and elegant style grounded in the modernist tradition of geometric abstraction. Featured pieces in the exhibition also underscore her admiration for handcrafted objects and textiles from around the world.

Golob Gelfman cared deeply about the importance of art in everyone’s life. For decades, she donated her time and talent to teaching art to children at The Barnyard, a program of Coconut Grove Cares, and she was a founding member of the Art and Design Program at the Institute, where she was a patient.

The Shaham Family Gallery at Miami Cancer Institute is named in honor of the family of Jacob and Helen Shaham, philanthropic donors to Baptist Health Foundation.

Art21

Between September 1 and December 15, by exclusive arrangement with the award-winning, non-profit Art21, the Institute is proud to present a selection of artists’ profiles that Art21 has produced in the last 20 years and regularly shown on PBS to great acclaim. Fostering Art21’s mission to inspire a more creative world through the works and words of artists, programs with Spanish subtitles feature leading contemporary artists from around the globe, including Luchita Hurtado, William Kentridge, Maya Lin, Martin Puryear and Kara Walker to name but a few. There is close to 20 hours of programming with offerings ranging from 10 minutes to an hour in length. Selected especially for the Institute’s patients, caregivers, staff and visitors, the programs are available on pCare in the infusion rooms and on the TVs throughout the first-floor lobbies on Channel 71.

Learn more about the program

To learn more about our arts program, please email MCIArtsInMedicine@BaptistHealth.net.

Art and Design Collection

Sculptures

John Henry
United States, b. 1943

December’s Wall, 1990
Welded and machined aluminum painted red, 100 x 50 x 54 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of Earl and Christy Powell

Restoration and installation supported by Michael J. Zinner, M.D.;
Bill and Susan Tillett; Louis J. Capano; Bill and Clare Banchs

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Photo: Francesco Casale

John Henry
United States, b. 1943

Carolina Blue, 1990
Welded aluminum painted blue, 123 x 63 x 80 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of Earl and Christy Powell

Restoration and installation supported by Michael J. Zinner, M.D.;
Bill and Susan Tillett; Louis J. Capano; Bill and Clare Banchs

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Lyman Kipp
United States (1929-2014)

Blackjack, 1995
Aluminum painted black, 144 x 108 x 112 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of Earl and Christy Powell

Restoration and installation supported by Michael J. Zinner, M.D.;
Bill and Susan Tillett; Louis J. Capano; Bill and Clare Banchs

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Joel Perlman
United States, b. 1943

Bright Star, 1996
Aluminum and steel, 117 x 56 x 36 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of Earl and Christy Powell

Restoration and installation supported by Michael J. Zinner, M.D.;
Bill and Susan Tillett; Louis J. Capano; Bill and Clare Banchs

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Quilts and Textiles

Africa

Unidentified Maker
Africa, Timbuktu Region, Mali

Wall Hanging, second half of the 20th century
Strip woven cotton, 55 ½ x 104 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker, Koroboro Senni people
Africa, Mali

Wall Hanging, third quarter of the 20th century
Strip woven cotton, 58 x 99 ½ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
Africa, Benin

Abomey Tapis Extraordinaire (Bird on Black),
Second half of the 20th century
Appliqued cotton, 36 x 51 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker, Senufo people
Africa, Korhogo, Ivory Coast

Korhogo or Mud Cloth (Birds in Flight and Suns), mid-20th century
Earth pigments on strip woven cotton, 33 x 58 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker, Bamana people
Africa, Beledougou Region, Mali

Mud Cloth (Bògòlanfini), mid-20th century
Strip woven cotton, resist dyed with earth pigments, 35 ½ x 58 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker, Kuba, Bushong people
Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Skirt Panel, 20th century
Raffia palm fiber plain weave, appliqued and embroidered, 27 ¼ x 36 ½ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker, Kuba, Shoowa people
Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kuba Cloth, early 20th century
Raffia palm fiber plain weave with cut-pile embroidery, 27 ¼ x 22 ½ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker, Kuba, Shoowa people
Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kuba Cloth, early 20th century
Raffia palm fiber plain weave with cut-pile embroidery, 27 ¾ x 22 ¾ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker, Kuba, Shoowa people
Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kuba Cloth, early 20th century
Raffia palm fiber plain weave with cut-pile embroidery, 22 x 27 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
Africa, Bamako, Mali

Tent Hanging (Arkilla Kerka), last quarter of the 20th century
Strip woven cotton, 112 x 72 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
Africa, Benin

Abomey Tapis Extraordinaire (Giraffe on Black),
Second half of the 20th century
Appliqued cotton, 34 ½ x 48 ½ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Europe

Anke Sievers
Germany, b. 1974

This is a Crying Lily that thinks of a Mushroom. A Nature Scene, 2002
Embroidery; acrylic thread, beads and sequins on cotton print,
21 ½ x 21 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Anke Sievers
Germany, b. 1974

Yes, 2002
Embroidery; acrylic thread on cotton, 19 ¾ x 20 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Anke Sievers
Germany, b. 1974

I Am Okay, 2002
Embroidery; acrylic thread on cotton, 19 ¾ x 20 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Latin America / Caribbean

Unidentified Maker, Chuj people
Guatemala, San Mateo Ixtatan

Embroidered Coverlet, mid-20th century
Embroidered cotton, 69 x 104 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker, Mam people
Guatemala, San Ildefonso Ixtahuacan

Woman’s Blouse (Huipil), mid-20th century
Embroidered cotton, 23 ¼ x 47 ½ x 2 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker, Kaqchikel people
Guatemala

Woman’s Blouse (Huipil), 1940
Embroidered cotton, 29 x 53 ¾ x 2 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
Guatemala, San Juan Sacatepequez

Woman’s Blouse (Huipil), 1970
Embroidered and woven cotton, 22 x 34 x 2 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
Peru, Huancayo Province, Junin Region

Upper Body Garment or Mantle (worn for chonquinada dance), circa 1980
Silk embroidered cotton, 33 x 30 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
Peru, Huancayo Province, Junin Region

Woman’s Upper Body Garment or Mantle (llijlla), circa 1959
Woven wool, 37 x 31 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

José Martínez (Kuna Joe), Guna (Kuna) people
Panama, Guna Yala (San Blas Islands)

Blouse Panel (Mola), 1974
Appliqued and embroidered cotton, 13 ¾ x 17 ¾ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

José Martínez (Kuna Joe), Guna (Kuna) people
Panama, Guna Yala (San Blas Islands)

Blouse Panel (Mola), 1974
Appliqued and embroidered cotton, 12 ¾ x 17 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

José Martínez (Kuna Joe), Guna (Kuna) people
Panama, Guna Yala (San Blas Islands)

Blouse Panel (Mola), 1974
Appliqued and embroidered cotton, 12 ¾ x 17 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

José Martínez (Kuna Joe), Guna (Kuna) people
Panama, Guna Yala (San Blas Islands)

Blouse Panel (Mola), 1974
Appliqued and embroidered cotton, 12 ¾ x 17 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

United States

Unidentified Maker, Native American / Seminole
United States, Florida

Seminole Quilt, circa 1935
Pieced and appliqued cotton, 85 x 72 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
United States, Probably Pennsylvania

Variable Star Crib Quilt, circa 1880
Pieced cotton, quilted, 34 ¾ x 34 ½ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
United States, Pennsylvania

Child's Album Quilt, circa 1910
Appliqued and pieced cotton quilted, 35 x 28 ½ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker, Hmong
United States, Wisconsin

Hearts and Stars Quilt, circa 1984
Reverse applique cotton, 28 ½ x 28 ¼ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Ken Tisa
United States, b. 1945

Caribbean See, 1983
Glass beads, sequins, and cloth on canvas, 32 x 25 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Ken Tisa
United States, b. 1945

Caribbean See, 1983
Glass beads, sequins, and cloth on canvas, 32 x 25 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Ken Tisa
United States, b. 1945

Caribbean See, 1983
Glass beads, sequins, and cloth on canvas, 32 x 25 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Middle East and Asia

Unidentified Maker
Indonesia, Northwest Lampung, Sumatra

Woman’s Ceremonial Sarong Skirt Cloth (Tapis), circa 1934
Embroidered cotton, 49 ¼ x 50 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
Indonesia, Java, Pekalongan, Indonesia

Sarong Skirt Cloth (Kain Lepas), circa 1860
Resist dyed and painted cotton, 40 ½ x 80 ½ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Iwan Tirta
Indonesia, 1935-2010

Batik Textile Length, circa 1980
Wax resist dyed cotton with gold leaf, 105 ½ x 78 ½ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
India, East Bengal, India or Bangladesh

Kantha Quilt or Cover, second half of the 20th century
Pieced and quilted cotton, 85 x 56 inches

Lent anonymously

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
India, East Bengal, India or Bangladesh

Kantha Quilt or Cover, second half of the 20th century
Pieced and quilted cotton, 85 x 55 inches

Lent anonymously

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
Pakistan, Kahuta, Punjab Province

Wall Hanging with Animals, second half of the 20th century
Wool embroidery on cotton, 68 x 48 ½ inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Unidentified Maker
Uzbekistan, Bokhara

Wall Hanging, late 19th century
Silk and cotton ikat, 95 x 44 inches

Miami Cancer Institute Art and Design Collection
Gift of JPMorgan Chase

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Shaham Family Gallery Special Exhibitions

Lynne Golob Gelfman

Lynne Golob Gelfman
United States (1944-2020)

trigrids, 1974
Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 54 inches

Lent by the Family of Lynne Golob Gelfman

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Lynne Golob Gelfman
United States (1944-2020)

through blue 3, 1975
Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 54 inches

Lent by the Family of Lynne Golob Gelfman

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Lynne Golob Gelfman
United States (1944-2020)

through red, 1977
Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 54 inches

Lent by the Family of Lynne Golob Gelfman

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Lynne Golob Gelfman
United States (1944-2020)

through blue 2, 1975
Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 54 inches

Lent by the Family of Lynne Golob Gelfman

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Lynne Golob Gelfman
United States (1944-2020)

thru 43, 2014-2018
Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 54 inches

Lent by the Family of Lynne Golob Gelfman

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Photo: Francesco Casale

Lynne Golob Gelfman
United States (1944-2020)

RC 08, 2004 (detail)
Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 18 inches

Lent by the Family of Lynne Golob Gelfman

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Photo: Francesco Casale

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