Each year Gifts of Art presents an in-person exhibition of artwork by Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, learners, volunteers and family members, now also available online. It showcases the exceptional talent, creativity and accomplishments of artists in the extensive (~30,000) Michigan Medicine community.
This year's esteemed juror is Sara Blair, Patricia S. Yaeger Collegiate Professor of English and Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Arts & Humanities. Her scholarship and teaching focus on the lives of visual images from the advent of photography through the digital era, and the way images can inspire just looking: transformative understandings of our shared history and social world. Recent projects have focused on memorial images in the time of COVID-19 and uses of photographic genres (portrait, landscape) for anti-racist imaging. She collaborates with curators at such institutions as the DIA, the International Center of Photography, and the Addison Gallery of American Art, and has curated exhibitions at UM’s Institute for the Humanities and the Middlebury Art Museum. Her recent teaching focuses on virtual reality environments and claims about the forms of empathy, visual narrative, and world-building VR cultivates. A one-time student of painting and printmaking, she is delighted to engage the rich creative expression of the Michigan Medicine community.
There are artist-juried ribbon awards for Best in Category, Best in Show, and a People's Choice award determined by online voting. This entire show is NFS - Not for sale. For more information about Gifts of Art and our programs, please visit Gifts of Art.