Art as (my) Medicine with Dr. Eric Avery
Dr. Eric Avery MD will present a lecture titled “Art as (my) Medicine” on Thursday October 26 from 7:30-9:00pm in Art and Architecture McCarty Auditorium (109).
Avery has been internationally recognized over the past four decades for his work combining medicine and art. He received his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas, as well as psychiatry training from the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City. Avery’s prints and works on paper explore issues such as social responses to diseases (specifically HIV and Emerging Infectious Diseases), death, and sexual health. As part of one of his exhibitions, Avery set up an HIV clinic at the Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University.
During the week of October 23 to 27, Dr. Avery has been lecturing to both art and health sciences students and working with art students on lithography projects.
Eric Avery’s work has been shown internationally, and is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the ARTS Medica Collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA), and the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University (New Haven, CT), among many others.
Art & Medicine, an exhibition of Avery’s prints and books will be presented in the UT Printmaking Showcase Gallery from October 17, 2023 through January 31, 2024. During his week-long visit, Dr. Avery is also working on a collaborative print with faculty and students in the UT Printshop, as well as conducting a program at the UT Medical Center.
Dr. Avery’s visit and exhibition supported through the UT Humanities Center’s Humanities Days Symposium for the One Health Initiative.