University of Illinois at Chicago's Biomedical Visualization・Student Association of Medical Artists presents


Saturday, November 14, 2015 ・ 6-9pm 

This exhibition was produced by first and second year masters students in the University of Illinois at Chicago Biomedical Visualization's program. The BVIS program focuses on creating digital content using  software programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, and 3ds Max.  The works are biological/scientific and medical in content.








 October 23, 2015  6-9 pm


Response Art: Art Work of the Art Therapist features digital imagery of art therapists created in response to the people they work with, the systems they work within, and the stories that they witness while “at the work place”. Thank you for joining us for the opening celebration.

“Response art can help the therapist live and work in balance by containing difficult material from therapy. It can support empathic engagement and illuminate countertransference…Because one’s artistic responses offer opportunities for personal growth, such creations are often the personal work of the art therapist.” (Fish, 2012)

“Art therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.”  (www.arttherapy.org, 2015)

Art therapy practice requires the professional be knowledgeable of visual art and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques. Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth.

Art therapists witness the artwork and stories shared by those who they work with. What impact does it have on them? How do they use the creative process to benefit themselves, i.e. resolve conflicts, reduce negative stress, manage problematic situations, and achieve more insight to be able to better support those they work with? This exhibition showcases the imagery of art therapists inspired by their work.









TechAbility Exhibit Opening Celebration &
ReelAbilities Film Festival Screening of FIXED

Saturday, September 12, 2015  •  10:00am - 2:00pm


TechAbility highlights technology that affects and enriches the lives of individuals with disabilities. The exhibit looks at the history of mobility, the present day technological advances, and the future of accessibility. The exhibit includes interactive timelines and current innovations, such as 3D printing, mobile apps, robotics, transportation, accessibility within cultural institutions, and universal design. TechAbility explores the evolution of technology and how it continues to change the lives of individuals with disabilities.

As part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival, there was a screening of FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement.  From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.

The ReelAbilities Film Festival is dedicated to sharing the lives, stories, and art of people with disability. The goal of the festival is to help the public recognize disability as a natural part of the human experience and to expand equal opportunity for people with disabilities to participate fully in the civic, social, and economic life of our region. TechAbility and ReelAbilities are a part of ADA25 Chicago, the 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Join us to explore the many advancements of technology within the realm of disabilities and accessibility.







NMHM Chicago is proud to partner with ADA 25 Chicago in recognition of

the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with this exhibit.  

For more information, go to www.ada25chicago.org.







Friday, July 10, 2015  •  6:00 - 9:00 pm


The Traumatic Brain Injury exhibit examines the causes, mechanisms, symptoms, and treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). There is a special focus on two common causes of TBI – military and sports injuries – as well as the most common type, mild TBI. The exhibit also features interactive elements that allow visitors to learn about normal brain anatomy and traumatic brain injuries. This exhibit was developed by student researchers from UIC BVIS and interns from Adler University's Art Therapy and Family Counseling Departments.


Philicia L. Deckard, LSW CBIST, Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois, gave a brief speech around 7:00pm, which included an overview of brain injury and its impact on the community and information about the Brain Injury Association’s programs and services.







Northwestern University's "Insight Into Medicine" Summer Session - Student Tour of Exhibit Space

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Students from Northwestern University's "Insight Into Medicine" Summer Session toured the exhibit space. The students were high school students who are interested in issues and careers related to medical practice and health care systems.







Saturday, June 13 • 6:00-9:30 pm


BACKBONES and NMHM Chicago presented a one night only sneak preview of the films playing at the ReelAbilities Film Festival!  The ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States dedicated to sharing the lives, stories, and art of people with disability.  All proceeds benefitted the upcoming ReelAbilities Film Festival - coming to Chicago in September 2015.

We had raffles, free food, beverages, live screen printing, live mandolin music and much more! Auction and Raffle Prizes Sponsored By: Eataly, Chicago White Sox, Studio Within Salon/Spa, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Dave & Buster's, 90+ Cellars, WhirlyBall, iFly Chicago, The Comedy Sportz Theater, Dinner Detective, Starbucks, and more... 

Visit the ReelAbilities Film Festival website for more information!









Friday, June 5, 2015  •  6:00 - 9:00 pm

Bringing Art to Life seeks to continue a dialogue about how art can be used to enhance the lives and care of people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. The exhibit looks at art and design as expressive therapies for the neurodegenerative patient, as well as techniques to enhance the effectiveness of caregiving. The exhibit features works of art by Alzheimer's patient Lester E. Potts, Jr. and poetry by his son, neurologist Daniel C. Potts, MD.  Lester Potts was a saw miller who became a water-color artist while struggling with Alzheimer's. Dr. Potts created poetry to coincide with his father's artwork, and has offered insight into the meaning behind his father's works. Research by Dr. Elizabeth Barber is also featured in the exhibit; Dr. Barber has studied and implemented how artwork and interior design can help motivate and provide a beneficial neurological environment especially for people with Parkinson's and ease the lives of both patients and their caretakers.  

There was a series of short talks and a panel discussion on the exhibit and related research.  Neurologist Dr. Daniel C. Potts gave a presentation on the neurological benefits of art therapy and the programs he has set up to continue this work. Dr. Elizabeth Barber spoke on the benefits of viewing art and implementing interior design. The speakers' panel also included distinguished AD and PD physicians with experience of patient art therapy, and a local art therapist. The Greater Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association provided resources as well as registration for clinical trials.  Chicago resources in this area were also mentioned.




Saturday, June 6, 2015  •  10:30 am - 1:30 pm

 There was a second viewing of Bringing Art to Life on Saturday, June 6 from 10:30am-1:30pm.  Dr. Potts and Dr. Barber spoke.  The Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter's resources were available as well. 


 Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter is a partner for this event.









Friday, May 29, 2015  •  5:00 - 8:30 pm


May 28, 2015 was the 2600th "birthday" of the field of science. In honor of this occasion, the Illinois Science Council offered a Chicago Science Fest on May 28-30, 2015, with a variety of interesting topics and programs for your brain to chew on.

As part of the Science Fest, the National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago hosted "Science as Art & Science in Film" - an inspiring evening exploring science as artworks and as storytelling through film.

An art exhibit featuring award-winning images from the National Science Foundation’s science visualization contest along with winning images from Northwestern University’s scientific visualization contest was on display. Refreshments were served as guests roamed the gallery of high-definition monitors displaying beautiful images with interesting scientific backstories.

Two films were screened (full-length 90 min. and 18 min short) from the Chicago-based 137 Films, documentary filmmakers who specialize in promoting science through storytelling on film. A Q&A with Clayton Brown, Director & Producer, will follow the screenings.

“The Believers” – 25 years ago they said they could save the world with cold fusion. Some people still believe them. More info here. Watch the trailer here.

“This Has Been to Space” - When 25 kids launch a weather balloon to the edge of space, expect the unexpected.   More info here. Watch the trailer here.









Sound Room featuring Levy Lorenzo, Dan Dehaan and Ryan Ingebritsen.

Saturday, May 16, 2015・Doors @ 7pm, Performance @ 7:30pm


Sound Room is a concept of presenting electronic and electro-acoustic works in a unique architectural environment. Core members Dan Dehaan, Kyle Vegter, and Ryan Ingebritsen founded the idea in 2012 with a High Concept Labs residency where they turned the old HCL space into a giant 16 channel speaker system and created work specific to its architecture. Sound Room brings this concept to the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago featuring guest artist Levy Lorenzo (percussionist, composer and sound designer for ICE) with works by Dehaan, Ingebritsen, and Lorenzo. This sonic event will be hyper-focused on the present time and space. Engaging with the museum's architecture itself, the electronic compositions presented will be a hybrid of sound artifacts that respond directly to current activity and live performed electronic music to complement a constant soundscape. Levy Lorenzo, will perform live-electronic music using new instruments that he has designed from objects such as teacups, joysticks, iphones, and the laptop keyboard itself. Dehaan and Ingebritsen will also present solo electronic works. These discrete performances will serve as punctuations, interjections and response to the ongoing sound installation in the room.


Levy Lorenzo:  https://youtu.be/X7jsnKOVk5Y

Dan Dehaan:  https://vimeo.com/89182528

Ryan Ingebritsen:  https://vimeo.com/58628572


Visit the Sound Room website for more information!







Sunday, April 26, 2015  •  3:00 - 6:00 pm


Our new exhibit "Visible Human Male: Visualization of Healthy and Diseased Organs" was be on display, as well as other 3D reconstructions, models, animations, and interactives created by students from the University of Illinois at Chicago's Biomedical Visualization Graduate Program - all of which were created using the Visible Human Male dataset.


The Visible Human Male is a product from the National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project, which consists of images of 1mm think sections of a cadaver meant to represent normal anatomy. The project was completed in 1995, and we celebrated its 20th anniversary with this event!


Visit the exhibit webpage for more information!








UIC Students - Tour of Exhibit Space

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


A group of University of Illinois Chicago students toured the exhibit space and viewed the exhibit "Inside the Mind of Medical Artists: 2014."







Schaumburg High School Art Department - Tour of Exhibit Space

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


32 Graphic Design students from the Schaumburg High School Art Department toured the exhibit space and viewed the exhibit "Inside the Mind of Medical Artists: 2014."  The students were working on a medical illustration project.






3 Singers

January 22-25, 2015

January 29-February 1, 2015


About 3 Singers

3 Singers is an innovative performance and installation combining live and recorded music, movement, and technology in order to raise awareness and expand knowledge about issues faced by female laborers in the global textile industry.

3 Singers explores the role of women's rights in the textile industry through three different periods of global history: pre-Civil War agricultural production, the Industrial Revolution, and the contemporary ‘sweatshop’. From warped birdsong controlled with Xbox Kinnect cameras to vintage Singer sewing machines modified to manipulate the vocalists’ singing, this technopera is sure to engage and intrigue audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The international premier of 3 Singers was presented in Krakow, Poland in November 2014. The Chicago premier will occur in January 2015 and will also feature a month-long exhibition of the dramaturgical research for the project - Excavating the Singer: Female Voice, Labor, and Migration - through a special partnership with the National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago.

Audiences can further engage with 3 Singers through a smartphone application developed specifically for the multi-media installation at the National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago. The app will feature articles, photographs, video, and resources connecting audience to organizations addressing female laborers’ rights.


For more information about 3 Singers, visit the exhibit page.




Photos of opening night and the exhibit: 



Performance photos by Matthew Gregory Hollis:





"How the Body Knows Its Mind"

January 27, 2015・6:00-7:30 pm


ISC is thrilled to host Dr.Sian Beilock, of The University of Chicago, for their first program of 2015 at NMHM Chicago. Dr. Beilock will talk about her research in psychology and her new book, “How the Body Knows Its Mind” about how our body and our surroundings affect how we think, learn, and behave. Simple actions can have big effects on our ability to learn, perform and feel our best – we just have to know what they are.

Sian Beilock is a psychology professor at The University of Chicago and one of the world’s leading experts on the brain science behind “choking under pressure” and the many brain and body factors influencing all types of performance: from test-taking to public speaking to your golf swing.

Beilock received a B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego and PhDs in both Kinesiology (sport science) and Psychology from Michigan State University. Her research is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Sian Beilock’s research is routinely covered in the media (e.g., CNN, New York Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal). She was highlighted as one of four “Rising Stars” across all academic disciplines by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2005 and received an award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science in 2011.  Dr. Beilock runs the Human Performance Lab at The University of Chicago.


*Text taken from the ISC website