Last night was the opening reception for The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Spring 2014 art exhibition, which is sponsored by the school’s Creativity in Health Education Program. This exhibition is all about the relationship between science and art and I am so happy to be a part of it.
Included in the show were also works by people with dementia. These people participated in the Arts Fusion program of the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia. I learned that the part of the brain that responds to art is one of the last parts to be affected by Alzheimer’s, so even if a patient hasn’t spoken in months, they might remember the words to an old song and be able to sing them or be able to describe a piece of art they created.
The show spans two floors in the school and it will be up through the summer. There is a lot of beautiful art, so if you live in the area and get a chance, you should go check it out! The building has restricted access so I believe you need to set up an appointment in order to view the work. You can contact Rocio Tisdell at 540-526-2571 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A lot of the work is for sale, including my three paintings. You can also contact Rocio if you are interested in purchasing any of the work.
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