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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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The Physician’s Art

Posted by Janet on April 18, 2008


In 1999, the Duke University Museum of Art (DUMA) presented an exhibit on the art of medicine. Along with that exhibit came a catalog titled “The Physician’s Art,” composed with high quality prints and descriptions of works that were part of the exhibit. The catalog focuses on Western medicine, covering works from as early as the 1500s to the 1900s. The range of works include anatomical illustrations, scientific illustrations of medicinal plants, surgical tools, and anatomical mannequins (as shown on the cover). This is definitely worth a look if you are interested in historical medical illustration.

“The Physician’s Art” by Julie V. Hansen and Suzanne Porter, from the collections of Duke University, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University, is available used on or check your local library. Also check out the book reviews from PubMed and the NYU Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database.

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