'Serenity' exhibit series at UCSF Women's Health Center



Sponsored by the UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and curated by Matt McKinley, the 'Serenity' series invites Bay Area artists to present a body of work that interprets the idea of ‘serenity’ in order to inspire relaxation, well-being and calm.

With the understanding that wellness is a holistic ideal, these artists create work that will enrich the environment of the Women’s Health Center in order to engage and uplift visitors and staff alike. The exhibit covers 5 floors of the Women's Health Center: 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 which each artist displaying a complete body of work on their respective floor.  
Since 2007 the 'Serenity' series is the San Francisco Bay Area's l longest running exhibit series focused on positive, healing and uplifting artwork. 


McKinley Art Solutions and UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health are pleased to present SERENITY - Better Days Ahead


Jan Lainoff - floor 3 card image
Pam McCauley & Roberta Welburn-Milstead - floor 4
Katie Korotzer - floor 5
Valerie Corvin & Dee Tivenan - floor 6

Lynn Glenn - floor 7

Serenity: Better Days Ahead


SERENITY: Better Days Ahead, featuring Valerie Corvin, Lynn Glenn, Katie Korotzer, Jan Lainoff, Pam McCauley, Dee Tivenan, Roberta Welburn-Milstead. The theme of this exhibit is inspired by the events of 2020 and messages a positive mindset in the face of unrest, discord and uncertainty. Paraphrasing a Stoic philosophy, when things get tough, keep going forward. We will get through this. There ARE better days ahead. Practice gratitude. Seek out things and people that uplift you. Look for beauty. Creativity leads to possibility - let art lead you there. The artists participating in this exhibit regularly meet and paint together, openly sharing every aspect of their creative journey. Although each artist has a unique style, they all share a love of creating and UCSF hopes their works inspire joy for staff and visitors and hope for better days ahead.


In person viewing is restricted to patients (and staff) with appointments until further notice. Please enjoy this preview video to view this amazing collection of work:

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“The ‘Serenity’ exhibition series under the guidance and management of Matt McKinley invites artists to showcase a body of work that inspires relaxation, well-being and calm. We thank Betty and Gordon Moore, whose support makes Serenity possible.” – Dr Nancy Miliken, Director


Now in its 13th year, the ‘Serenity’ series has provided opportunities for over 150 local artists working in mediums from paint to print to photography, drawing, found objects and wire! 


About the artists:

Floor 3 artist Jan Lainoff uses art for communication.  Her strong gestural impressions frequently contain hidden words superimposed within her mixed-media compositions. Faces, figures and shadow shapes are augmented with stylized mark-making & rhythmic brush strokes.


Floor 4 features Pam McCauley and Roberta Welburn-Milstead Pam finds that  searching for the right combination of form, line, rhythm, texture, and color is like  chasing magic. Currently, she has been creating collages and combining them with acrylic  paints. She also makes most of her collage paper. Whether painting or collaging, she tries to convey a feeling or emotion to the viewer. Roberta’s most recent work is strongly influenced by her observation and interpretation of the chaotic and colorful world that surrounds us today. Both politics and nature - and even the nature of politics - have acted as Roberta’s muse. Her current imagery is very much a product of the visceral reaction she feels when confronted with the tumultuous world we all now occupy.


Floor 5 artist Katie Korotzer’s paintings are abstract and non-representational. She considers her work to be expressive through the use of gestural mark-making, the language of color, and the interaction of shape, texture and negative space.  Her intention in both visual art and in her writing is to invite the viewer to join in the experience of exploration along a spectrum starting with peaceful rest, going through active curiosity, contemplation and incorporation of renewed energy.


Floor 6 features Valerie Corvin and Dee Tivenan Valerie finds inspiration in the unique divided spaces I see in rock formations, erosion, broken cement.  These shapes are starting points for my interpretation of the firm forms of the land.  Contrasting unusual shapes, enticing lines and fissures to punctuate my artworks then juxtaposed by larger calming areas.  Each painting’s many layers of color and collage remind us of the wonders of our planet and ultimately a connection that align us to the earth on which we stand. Dee is drawn to nature and there's usually a landscape reference in her paintings. Play and spontaneity are significant elements in her work. She builds the structure of her paintings with multiple layers, sometimes combining different mediums. She finds fun seeing where the paint “takes me.” 


Floor 7 artist Lynn Glenn focuses on color, texture, line and shape.  She utilizes these elements as they develop their own life in her paintings which leads to incredible, wonderful discoveries. "Color is just delicious, it is my world, it starts everything going. I spread it on my palette and I feel my creative juices flowing, it lights my life!”, shares Lynn.




About the ‘Serenity’ Exhibit Series at UCSF:

Since 2007, UCSF Center of Excellence and McKinley Art Solutions have presented artists whose work inspires ‘serenity’ in order to facilitate relaxation, well-being and calm.  This exhibit series, curated from a pool of invited participants, is the largest continuously produced show in the Bay Area focused on promoting the healing capacity of art. The venue, UCSF Women's Health Center, the only nationally designated Center of Excellence in Women's Health in Northern California, is recognized internationally for its expertise in providing comprehensive, specialized care for women's health issues and is recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation for gynecological care.