Art and Health Series

This series presents the stories of artists who creatively respond to mental and physical health issues through their artwork. By creating dialogue between experts in the discipline of art and those in the field of medicine and health, these programs offer the opportunity to better understand the mind, the body, and the resilience of people facing incredible challenges.  

Fall 2019 Events

Art and the Brain / October 16 / 7 p.m.
What is the role of art in addressing how a person manages illness? Develop your understanding of how the brain learns, how we create memories, and how creativity contributes to healing. Test your own observation skills by actively looking at sculpture in the Nasher Collection.

Reaching New Heights: Overcoming Physical Limitations / October 30 / 7 p.m.
Learn how artists including Henri Matisse and Mark di Suvero reinvented themselves when faced with life-altering physical challenges and consider how hospitals hospitals are creating new opportunities for artists to contribute to the healing environment.

The Power of Art: Creating through Disorders of the Mind / November 6 / 7 p.m.
Explore the late works of Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, and Isa Genzken among others who remained prolific creators of art while experiencing different forms of mental illnesses. Find out how other artists have coped with mental illness through their work and consider the benefits of arts programs that serve patients with similar challenges.

Seeing with the Brain: Artists and Visual Impairment / November 13/ 7 p.m.
Discover how artists like Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keeffe responded to a loss of sight and hear firsthand from a contemporary artist how visual impairment affects his work. Develop an understanding of the medical issues faced by artists with eye diseases and learn how multi-sensory encounters with art can enrich the experiences of both sighted and non-sighted learners.


The Art and Health Series is made possible through the generosity of The Donna Wilhelm Family Fund.


Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health
Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas
Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at The University of Texas at Dallas
UT Southwestern Medical Center/Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute

Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
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