Wednesday, April 22, 2009

MCG Medical Illustration alumni art exhibit kicks off April 24

The Medical College of Georgia Department of Medical Illustration will celebrate its 60th Anniversary by hosting the inaugural O.A. Parkes Art Exhibition during MCG Homecoming.

The exhibition, which showcases medical artwork created by the department's alumni, will be on display at the Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites April 24-26.

"The exhibit will really open your eyes to medical illustration," says Dr. Steve Harrison, department chair and alumnus. "It's more than gross anatomy; it's really lovely artwork."

The exhibit includes 48 pieces of art created with techniques that range from older, traditional methods such as airbrush, carbon dust and pen ink illustrations, to modern computer-generated 3-D models. The alumni exhibitors range from the classes of 1963 through 2006.

"The opportunity to see such a wide variety of medical illustrations created by a diverse group doesn't come often," says Gene Wright, associate professor in the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art and MCG medical illustration alumnus on the exhibition committee. "The incredible support from the program's older and younger graduates will make this event a treat for the audience."

Following the exhibition, the art will become part of the department's permanent collection in the David J. Mascaro Teaching Gallery in MCG Pavilion III on Laney Walker Boulevard.

The MCG Department of Medical Illustration is one of only four such programs in the country and is distinguished as the oldest continuous graduate medical illustration program in the world. Eight to nine students are accepted for each class of the 21-month master's level program.

Students not only have to be skilled artists, but must be knowledgeable in anatomy and health sciences. They take graduate-level science courses with medical students, including gross anatomy and cell biology.

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