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Scottish researcher and artist, Mark Gilbert will present and interactive talk about the challenges and rewards of using art as mode of research in collaboration with medical professional, patients and their families. Mark will be accompanied with one of the patient/participants who took part in the Experience of Portraiture in Clinical Settings (EPICS) study, Dr. Jim Van Arsdall. Attendees will then be invited to draw and interact with Jim, and be encouraged to explore how drawing relies fundamentally on compassion, trusting relationships, embracing uncertainties and deep reflecting on oneself and the subject.

Master Class with Mark Gilbert
Sunday, September 17th from 1PM to 3PM

This FREE workshop is open to 12 participants. Art materials (charcoal + paper) will be supplied.

This Workshop is Currently Sold Out \\ If you're interested in attending, you can have your name added to a waiting list by emailing Paige Reitz at This workshop coincides with the opening of artworks at Metropolitan Community College.


Mark Gilbert graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1991. He has exhibited at numerous venues in Europe and North America. In 2002, his life and working practices changed dramatically when The Royal London Hospital, England offered him a post as artist in residence. There he worked in collaboration with a maxillofacial surgeon and his patients to create a series of artworks that portrayed the patients as they experienced their illness, surgery and recovery. The resultant exhibition, Saving Faces, was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London. This led to his next study; a two-year residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) using portraiture to investigate ideas about care and care giving at the intersection of art and medicine. The exhibition at the Bemis Center in 2008/9 was entitled Here I am and Nowhere Else: Portraits of Care.

In 2014 he received his PhD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His doctoral dissertation explored the Experience of Portraiture in a Clinical Setting (EPICS) for both artist and a small cohort of head and neck cancer patients at UNMC.

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