Tompkins-McCaw Library Gallery
The Tompkins-McCaw Library gallery features original exhibits of visual art pertaining to the health sciences or art created by students or professionals in health-sciences fields.
Incorporated into the library's main first-floor study and browsing area, the gallery is intended to foster dialogue among patrons about the interplay of science, creativity and beauty.
The gallery is viewable during Tompkins-McCaw's open hours.
Artists can apply to exhibit artwork in the Tompkins-McCaw Library Gallery.
Current and upcoming exhibits
Tompkins-McCaw Library is proud to host the traveling National Library of Medicine exhibit "For All the People: A Century of Citizen Action in Health Care" The exhibit draws from a variety of sources to detail the history of Healthcare Reform in the United States.
This exhibit, curated by Sarah Faris, features the work of 16 students and alumni of the Department of Communication Art's scientific and preparatory medical illustration track, which requires a rigorous set of science courses hosted by the Department of Biology in the College of Humanities and Sciences and VCU Life Sciences in addition to their art courses.
The centerpiece of this exhibit is a series of thirty photographs of bedpans and other elimination vessels by William W. DuBois, professor and chair of Visual Media at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since 1978, Professor DuBois has amassed a private collection of more than 60 bedpans in a variety of durable materials such as enamelware and ceramic, documenting a period of medical history before the revolution of disposable plastics. He has combined his collection with his passion for photography, resulting in these one-of-a-kind images of bedpan elegance.
In January and February of 2014, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences invited submissions of microscopic images from VCU students, faculty and staff. More than 40 images were submitted for consideration, and 24 are featured in the exhibit held in the library's gallery. Images were analyzed and scored by Scott Henderson, Lara Mabry, Rene Olivares-Navarrete and Ning Zhang on the basis of aesthetic appeal, technical skill and scientific significance. Anders Hånell, Ryan Clohessy and Gireesh Reddy are recipients of prizes and best-in-show honors.
Photographs by the director of instructional development for the VCU School of Medicine, featuring close-up views of nature that reveal the magic that is often hidden in plain sight.
Rob Sabatini applies the same pursuit of knowledge, attention to detail and excellence in technique to his profession of periodontics as he does to his avocation—wildlife photography. A boyhood love of the outdoors and an early interest in amateur photography have grown into a passion of adulthood. In 2009, he learned of a rookery of great blue herons on the James River in downtown Richmond. He hit the river with his first camera and an old 100-300mm lens and discovered a creative outlet that has taken him into the plains of East Africa, the river banks of the Amazon Basin, to U.S. national parks and his own backyard in search of images of glorious wildlife. The images in this exhibit were chosen to highlight some of Rob’s favorites over the past three years, with selections that highlight subjects from both travel expeditions and more local venues. The 2015 exhibition at Tompkins-McCaw is his first.
Nickolai Walko, a graduate of the VCU School of the Arts, has developed a unique and eye-catching form of image-making that hybridizes classical drawing and pop art. After placing a layer of black masking tape on a brightly colored panel or wall, covering the surface from edge to edge, he draws elaborate designs, often anatomical, directly on the tape and then, using an X-Acto blade, meticulously cuts out sections of the tape to create a strong-contrast image. Finally, to prevent tape decay, he sprays the work with a polyurethane coating. Given his anatomical subjects, Walko appropriately likens his elaborate process to a medical operation, with the tape serving as skin and the removing of the tape representing the exposed anatomy. At this show at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, he showcases his anatomical creations, some of which have been inspired by materials from the library collection.
This new trio of exhibits about ophthalmology at Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences highlights medical illustration, vision testing and cataract surgery.