Project Art Performing Arts Events

Faculty staff jazz band from December 2017

The performing arts component of Project Art was created to offer diversion and stimulation through music, dance, and theater. Project Art schedules more than 60 performances each year. Audience size varies, ranging from 50 to 200 people.

Many Project Art performances take place during the noon hour to attract staff and visitors during lunch breaks. Other performance times can be arranged.

Each winter, Project Art coordinates performances for the Festival of World Cultures, a month-long program featuring cultures and religions from around the world. In addition, during the summer months, Project Art hosts a performance series called Summer Concert Series, which is sponsored by Volunteer Services. These weekly events are held on the Rooftop Terrace located outside the Patient and Visitor Activities Center on the eighth floor of Carver Pavilion (weather permitting).

Performances are temporarily on hold due to COVID-19. If you are interested in performing at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, please contact Anna Villareal, Project Art Collections Coordinator, at or by phone at 1-319-356-8713.

Upcoming Performances

Notice: All live performances are currently suspended until further notice due to COVID-19 hospital visitation restrictions to help keep our patients and staff safe.

At Home Concert Series

Before COVID-19, it wasn’t uncommon to hear beautiful live music as you walked through the halls of UI Hospitals & Clinics. Mark Bernat, our Performing Arts program manager for Project Art, is also an internationally renowned double-bassist.

Unable to plan live musical performances on site at the hospital due to social distancing and visitor restrictions, Bernat came up with a way to uplift our hospital community–patients, visitors and employees - with these series of recordeded performances of him and his talented musical family from his own home – calling it the At Home Concert Series. Enjoy!

Home concert #5—Jan. 27, 2021

G.F. Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus
Performed by musicians of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Orchestra

This virtual performance of the G. F. Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus is a tribute to our first responders as performed by several of our first responders.

Performing Arts, Artistic Director: Mark Bernat
Audio/Video: David Bernat

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Orchestra Musicians:

  • Violin: HyungSub Shim, Craig Pryor, David Bernat, Erin Boese
  • Cello: Amy Lee, Matt Gosse, Daniel Orme
  • Bass: Mark Bernat, Nina Bernat
  • Flute: Rebecca Kushner, Leslie Brettell
  • Oboe: Kristin Plichta
  • Bassoon: Laura Ankrum
  • Trombone: Nat Geissel
  • Trumpet: Scott Vogelgesang, Alex Isaacson
  • Vocalists: Julie Lindower, Laura Ankrum, Eden Maack, Stephen Blanchard, Jess Shever, Haley Wolf, Susan Scott
Although we are not able to provide live musical performance on site during this time, the At Home Concert Series aims to provide uplifting intimate recorded program for our audience—patients, family, visitors, staff, and faculty—all while social distancing to be enjoyed asynchronously.