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Traveling quilts support scientific research, enrich community spaces

BioArtography quilts on display at UMHS as part of national exhibition

added 10/22/09

Ann Arbor - A new art exhibit, "Art Under The Microscope," honors scientific research efforts and raises public awareness about the importance of the arts in health care settings.

Traveling quilts support scientific research, enrich community spaces
Escher's Needlepoint by Lisa Ellis

The University of Michigan Health System's Gifts of Art program presents a preview of this national quilt art exhibition Oct. 19 through Dec. 7 in the Taubman Health Center North Lobby on the first floor from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The traveling exhibition is hosted by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, and represents a collaboration of Gifts of Art, the Washington, D.C., group Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends, and the University of Michigan Center for Organogenesis.

This collection of quilts was inspired by scientific photomicrographs taken by researchers at the U-M Center for Organogenesis. In the course of diagnostic research, the microscope and special stains are used to examine tissues for alterations in structure or function that are characteristic of health or disease. The detail of the biological structures, along with the opportunity to combine science and art inspired Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends to produce the quilts.

"Both the photomicrographs and the quilts are magnificent, in many cases suggesting images from space such as multicolored nebulas. The quilts celebrate and make visible life's inner workings," says Carrie McClintock, communication coordinator for Gifts of Art.

Traveling quilts support scientific research, enrich community spaces; second pic
Fire in Her Eyes by Judy Busby

The Gifts of Art Program brings the world of art and music to the University of Michigan Health System. One of the first and most comprehensive in the United States, its programs utilize the arts to assist and enhance the healing process, reduce stress, support human dignity and renew the spirit. For more information, visit Gifts of Art web site.

The University of Michigan Center for Organogenesis unites scientists from many fields who work together to study organ formation, function and disease. The goal of this research is to use the knowledge gained to design new and effective strategies to treat disease and repair damaged organs.

The Society for the Arts in Healthcare, an international membership organization, advances the arts as integral to health care by advocating for the use of the arts in all health care environments. As the leading resource uniting the arts and health care, the society has a strong history of linking artists, professionals and leaders in the arts, humanities and health. For more information on the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, visit their web site.

Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends is a group of Washington, D.C.-area art quilters with a passion for the textile medium. The group has a legacy of providing art quilts for healing centers. For more information, visit their web site.

Written by Marta Debski; contact her via E-Mail mdebski@med.umich.edu or telephone 734-764-2220.

 

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