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Redefining the Medical Artist Exhibit

Posted by Janet on August 15, 2009


I’m proud to announce an exhibit currently taking place at the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. This exhibit, titled “Redefining the Medical Artist,” features the works of students, alumni, and faculty of University of Illinois at Chicago’s Biomedical Visualization program, where I am currently enrolled.

Although the Biomedical Visualization program at UIC, or BVIS, is the second oldest medical illustration program in the U. S., the program continues to push into the future. Traditional medical illustration is still in our background, but students who go through this program are encouraged to embrace technology and changes. Modern medical illustration is much more than an artist drawing on paper, thus the term “visualization” instead of “illustration” is used to truly capture the meaning of what we do.

Currently too many people, including many medical professionals, are still unaware of the field of medical visualization. “Why do we need illustrations when we can take photographs” is still the number one question I am asked when explaining to someone what I do. In reality we do use photographs and imaging technologies as part of our working process to visualize things that cannot easily be expressed.

“Redefining the Medical Artist” hopes to address these issues by bringing awareness of this specialized field to the public and showing that technology does not replace the need for medical art. Rather, it allows medical art to thrive.

*Special Thanks to Meena M. for putting together this exhibit and for everyone who contributed.

Press Releases:

Exhibit and Museum Info:

“Redefining the Medical Artist”
August 7 – October 16, 2009.

International Museum of Surgical Science
1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610 USA

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday

Free Tuesdays
Adults $10
Students/Seniors $6

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Virtual Pelvic Floor

Posted by Janet on February 5, 2009

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Prehistoric Science Comes Alive!

Posted by Janet on March 18, 2008

The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is currently showing “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” and “Dinosaurs Alive!” on its Omnimax Theater.

“Sea Monsters,” a film by National Geographic, brings together discoveries of ancient water creatures in this high resolution photorealistic animation. To see the trailor, synopsis, and show times, go here. This film is playing seven days a week until May 22, 2008.

“Dinosaurs Alive!” combines historical footage and fossil evidence with today’s technology, and uses CGI to bring dinosaurs to life. Click here for the trailor, synopsis, and show times. It is also playing seven days a week through October 9, 2009.

The Museum of Science and Industry normally opens Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It opens every day except Christmas. The museum has gone through a series of renovations, and now has several new and improved exhibits on cutting edge science. For example, the “baby chick” exhibit is now part of a DNA/genetics exhibit. Newer exhibits include “Earth Revealed”–a permanent exhibit that looks at our planet Earth as a living system, and “The Glass Experience”–a temporary exhibit that looks at glass from the artistic, historical, and technological standpoint.

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