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AMI Day 2–Afternoon

Posted by Janet on July 17, 2008

Session 4
The afternoon was packed with concurrent sessions, so even though all of them looked interesting, you could only choose three out of seven. The first session I attended was called Anatomical Theater: History of Museum Artifacts. The speaker, Joanna Ebenstein from Morbid Anatomy, spoke about her photographic exhibition called “Anatomical Theater: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World.” This exhibition documents artifacts in medical museums, mostly in Europe. For more information about this exhibit and to see the list of museums she visited, go to

From Left to Right: Joanna Ebenstein, Vanessa Ruiz, and myself.

Session 5
Bob Demarest points out many subtle anatomical features that are easily overlooked by untrained medical illustrators. His lecture hit home with the idea that medical illustrators are specially trained to handle medical subjects with accuracy. An untrained competitor may be able to produce an equally beautiful drawing, but is less likely to hit the subject with the same precision.

Session 6
The last session of the day was a panel discussion several types of employment options for medical illustrators. Amanda Behr, Joanne Haderer Muller, Tonya Hines, Cynthia Turner, led the discussion and shared their experiences as medical illustrators.

The evening was concluded with an award banquet. Winners of various categories of the AMI Salon were announced. Other awards included the Versalius Trust scholarships, the AMI Lifetime Achievement Award, and more.


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