News at Medicine - December 2017 - Calling all artists

Calling all artists
December 4, 2017
There's something a little different in the works for the Spring in the Faculty of Medicine. The inaugural MUN Med Art Gallery is happening from April 24-26, 2018.
Students, faculty and staff associated with the Faculty of Medicine are welcome to submit artwork. Art media accepted include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photo in frame/on canvas
  • Music (listening booth – 8-minutes maximum)
  • Poetry
    - Short form one page or less
    - Long form three pages or less
  • Short stories (3000 words)
  • Short/silent film (10-15 minutes maximum)
The initiative started by Travis Pickett, with the support of an organizing committee representing all four classes of medical students, as well as faculty support from Dr. Natalie Beausoleil who conducts research in the field of arts in medical education.

It was initiated “to capture the essence of an inherent artistic culture in Newfoundland, within medicine,” noted Pickett. It’s an opportunity for students, faculty and staff alike to share their work with their peers and the general-public. “Opportunities such as this fall under the umbrella of supporting a wellness culture in medicine; when entering the field, many individuals feel pressure to suppress artistic endeavors to keep up with and adjust to the lifestyle of medicine.”

(logo design, left, by Parinita Verma)

Pickett says it’s usually medical technologies and science that get attention in medicine. “There is, however, an inherent artistic side to medicine that often goes unrecognized. In my opinion, medicine is the perfect amalgamation between art and science. Those who work in health care are the artists of the human condition; and in an age of ever-more automated technology, the human side of medicine becomes that much more important for physicians to fulfill.”

The total number of submissions accepted will depend on the nature of the submissions received. The gallery will be set up in the atrium of the Faculty of Medicine and will run from April 24-26, 2018.

Before submitting, please review the submission guidelines. Art will be juried by the MUN Med Art Gallery committee and chosen on a case-by-case basis to be included in the live gallery. Those excluded from the live gallery will be available in digital format. Artists are asked to limit the number of submissions to four pieces.
Anyone interested can submit high resolution photos/files of their art to by Jan. 31, 2018, along with a maximum 100-word description of each piece of art.
If you have any questions, contact or Travis Pickett via Facebook.