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Autumn Birch Trees

Client: Tomah Memorial Hospital

Location: Tomah, WI, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $10,000

Project Team


Barbara Westfall, MFA

Barbara Westfall Art Glass Design

Art Consultant

Victoria Hovde

Hovde-Dorsey Art


Tim Sessions

AIA Architects


This northwest Wisconsin hospital expanded in 2019 adding a new wing. Client was seeking a distinct series of art glass panels to reflect the regional natural beauty and seasonal changes. The installation warmly greets patients, staff and families in the reception area lobby. The client and art consultant team wanted art to reflect the unique region and capture the seasons of northwest Wisconsin. Collaborating with an art consultant and hospital art team, I successfully designed, developed and installed four original art glass multi-panel murals. Each 2 ft. x 6 ft. panel depicts a different season. This panel features autumn. Included in the project are three others that feature Wisconsin’s summer cranberry harvest, sunset on Lake Tomah, and the Lemonweir River in snow. See my other posts for details.


The art design consultant and I worked to develop the perfect art for the niche areas that were being built in the lobby. We collaborated with the construction team building the hospital addition to fulfill the request for beautiful art for their lobby.


Numerous drawings were developed to integrate of art glass concepts into architectural plans. Collaboration included working with hospital design team in conjunction with Hovde Dorsey Art Design consultants. Electronic submission of files and one site visit provided the successful integration of concept to installation.