Burlington City Arts

UVM Medical Center

The University of Vermont Medical Center, located at 111 Colchester Avenue, has been exhibiting and purchasing the work of Vermont artists on the main medical center campus in various locations for many years, thanks to its ongoing partnership with Burlington City Arts. Rotating artwork can be found in the ACC East Pavilion 2 & West Pavilion 3, McClure 4, Breast Care Center, and Patient Garden.  Permanent artwork is also on display throughout the hospital.


January - May 2019


Cameron Davis 

Deciphering the Lyrics of Lichen II (LeGuinn), acrylic on canvas (diptych) 72" x 66"

Cameron Davis’ work includes paintings, installations, and community art projects informed by the exploration of human-nature relationships and ecological thought. The paintings can be understood as improvisations that use ‘natural” patterns and forms as the entry into perceiving the wholeness of the living world in which we are immersed and participate.  Davis is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Vermont Department of Art & Art History, and Environmental Humanities Fellow. 


Nissa Kauppila

Wú Tí 19, Chinese watercolor and ink on mounted rice paper, 35.75" x 27.25"

Kauppila’s immersion in Chinese painting has awakened a sense of fragility; her work explores the use of line and color as tendrils of tension while embodying a sense of wonderment for the natural and industrial worlds. She challenges the notion of context, forcing the viewer to confront the abrupt beauty of life and death through the explosive movements in color, line and depth. 

Nissa Kauppila was born in Vermont. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a M.Ed. from the University of Vermont. Her paintings are exhibited internationally, with current and future exhibitions in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and the United States. 


Dierdra Michelle

Night Journey, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 43"

In 2010 at the age of 44, she found the courage to finally embrace life as an artist.   Though holding no academic training in art, she quit all her jobs to enter the studio day after day to become a painter.  The attendance of two portrait painting classes a year of at Burlington City Arts with Gail Salzman coupled with the sheer tenacity of approaching the canvas daily, has aided Dierdra in building her skills in portraiture and figurative painting. Dierdra now identifies herself as an artist and has great faith in the life her art is mapping out for her.


Kimberly Bombard

Floral Fusion, oil on canvas, 24" x 36"

My preferred medium is oil. I love its slipperiness and tactile texture, I love delicately smoothing oranges, yellows, and blues around a canvas. From my very first memories, I have always seen myself as an artist.  I vividly remember coloring in kindergarten, experiencing a pleasant feeling like a trance, a kind of meditation, pure joy. I still feel that way when I paint. 

My process usually starts with a pretty rough sketch with colored pastels. In this phase I work out the details, sometimes if it doesn’t look right it’s scraped. If I’m happy with the composition then I start with the paint. I enjoy big brushes and I work pretty roughly with lots of paint. The last task I perform is the background, which can be a favorite part. I like the negative spaces. Lately I have been incorporating wallpaper in my work for the background. Through the years, I have hoarded all sorts of ephemera. I buy wallpaper and fabric because I love it, I am drawn to its history, or to the graphics. I like patterns in the background because my style is less orderly and it gives it some order to the paintings. Sometimes I am asked how long it takes to finish a painting, which is an impossible question to answer. It is done when it is done and it takes hours of looking at it to decide this. 

I enjoy painting still life because it is an easy way to fall into color; I am all about color and movement. In many ways, I have been putting myself through my own school of painting, where I break apart the subject simplify it, and then put it back together. Flowers, to me, are the opposite of still. Growing and dying in a short time frame, they are perfect symbols for life, death, love, and beauty. My brushstrokes are layered with my own internal emotions depicting how I feel when I paint the stroke weather its happiness, sorrow, satisfaction, or love it’s all in the strokes.


Marcie Scudder

Ridere al Vento, color photograph, 20" x 28"

Marcie Scudder’s artist's journey began almost two decades ago as a means of slowing down and recording the world through her camera’s lens. As a self-taught photographic fine artist, writer and yogini – she believes in the transformative healing powers of daily practice as a means of connecting to the spirit that resides within. By yoking together the ancient teachings of yoga with her passion and love for the animal and natural world, Marcie’s art acts as a visual and verbal expression of simplicity, silence, solitude and self. Like life itself, her art is an ever-evolving process. She likens it to a Vinyasa yoga practice, a continuous connection between movement and breath. Currently, Marcie lives and works in Stowe, VT. From her treetop studio, she finds inspiration in the changing seasons and majestic views of the mountains. 


Phil Laughlin

Wave Forms, oil on canvas, 36" x 36"

I take color and shape, raw materials with no intrinsic value and assemble them into something coherent that has the power and purpose to speak. If there ever were societies without art, we don’t know about them. It’s artists, through their art, that tell the future who we are.


Joy Huckins-Noss

Big Fox, oil on canvas, 20" x 30"

Joy Huckins-Noss is a contemporary artist whose love for nature is seen in her vibrant canvases. Joy’s paintings feature tiny spots of color, which combine optically. Her style is similar to pointillism, but has a fresh contemporary edge. She applies color in multiple layers to create a uniquely textured surface of color and light. Her paintings focus on our relationship with the natural world. Landscapes of trees and bodies of water, plants, and objects found in nature, draw viewers into a deeper relationship with our environment. Joy’s art relies on the perceptive ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to mix the color dots. Her surfaces are rich, intense and seem to vibrate. “I love to work with the color to make the paintings glow. I want to bring the feelings and sensations of being outdoors into the painting”


All artwork is available for sale. For more information, to purchase, or to see additional works by these artists, please contact Kate Ashman at (802) 865-7296 or