2015 Exhibits

Human Topography

Exposing the intricate beauty of human anatomy through artistic interpretation

Artist: Penny Oliver

On exhibit: October 1 to 27, 2015
Meet the Artist: October 22, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Third Floor Gallery
Health Sciences Library

Human Topography exhibit by Penny Oliver

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DiagnosisART by Penny Oliver
Artist's website: http://www.diagnosisart.com
Artist's Gallery location in Belmar, Colorado
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Lakewood Business Focus: DiagnosisART
The Denver Post, Seth McConnell, January 14, 2014

Interview with Penny Oliver, owner-artist:
Along with images of the natural world, I use medical and research diagnostic imagery such as CT, MRI, histology, pathology and other microscopy to create my paintings...Although my business name DiagnosisART harkens to the medical field, people are often surprised that my works represent the anatomy of the human body. Read more

Inner Landscapes: An interview with Penny Oliver
The Sterile Eye: Life, death and surgery through a lens, Øystein Horgmo, Augus 10, 2010

If I choose to paint something that is very much like the diagnostic image, I always seek permission to do so. I have found that most of the people I contact for permission to use their research images are very excited at the prospect of their hard work being turned into a dynamic piece of art. Really, this is what first inspired me to begin DiagnosisART; the joy and pride I could extract from the physicians, professors, and researchers who spend so much of their lives generating these images in the pursuit of helping others! Read more


NanoNephron Dress

On exhibit: April to September 30, 2015
Location: Third Floor Landing by the elevators

NanoNephron dress on exhibit at the Health Sciences LibraryThe Health Sciences Library is hosting an exhibit that features a runway dress that was created based on research being done at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Descience Runway 2014 was an event organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in September 2014. The event paired science researchers and fashion designers to collaborate and create garments based on the researchers area of study.

Georgia Charkoftaki, PhD is a researcher at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She and pharmacy faculty member Melanie Joy, PhD were paired with designer Lilian Kong.

Dr. Charkoftaki’s research area is treatments for lupus nephritis, a disease of the kidneys. Ms. Kong learned about the work that Drs. Charkoftaki and Joy were performing and then she created a dress inspired by their research. The dress, named NanoNephron, represents the kidneys, aspects of lupus nephritis and the new treatment that Dr. Charkoftaki is investigating.

The NanoNephron dress and matching jewelry will be on display on the 3rd floor of the library through end of September 2015. There is also a poster describing the research and aspects of the dress in more detail.

Sixty-one teams participated in the runway fashion show. Even though NanoNephron did not win, Drs. Charkoftaki and Joy enjoyed the experience. Stop by the library to check out the dress and the process to create it! Library blog post

Learn more

CU Newsroom article: Our Research on the Runway: Skaggs School of Pharmacy stars at Descience 2014

NanoNephron dress: CU Newsroom's Our Research on the Runway  

School of Pharmacy's Pharmacy Perspectives: Research on the runway: Fusing science and fashion

Research on the Runway: Fusing Science and Fashion


Michael Keyes: Stories & Seasons in Woodcut

Michael Keyes: Stories & Seasons in Woodcut

On Exhibit

July 1 to September 23, 2015
Gallery, Third Floor
Health Sciences Library

Opening Reception

August 7, 2015
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Reading Room, Third Floor
Health Sciences Library

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Michael Keyes -- Artist's website

Stories & Seasons: Woodcuts by Michael Keyes
Aurora Cultural Arts District, November-December 2014

Keyes’ Process:
Woodcut printmaking is the process of cutting a picture into a block of wood with a small knife and gouges. The block is then inked with a roller and black printers’ ink.  It can be printed by using a press, but is often printed by using a wooden spoon, or similar tool to rub the back of paper that is laid onto the inked block. It is in the category of relief printmaking, that is, printing the ink that is on the surface of a material (as opposed to an etching, where the ink is in the lines below the surface).  The advantage and challenge is making powerful pictures, using the stark black and white shapes made from the knife and gouge cuts and marks, and the grain characteristics of the surface of the wood. Read more

ILLUSTRATING MAN: Carving out a niche in metro art scene
Aurora Sentinel, Quincy Snowdon Staff Writer, November 20, 2014

“With little X-ACTO knives and gauges, I cut out the edges – cut this edge and gouge out, cut that edge and gouge out,” Keyes says of the medium he’s worked in for over 40 years. “Essentially, I’m working from black to a black-white balance.” Read more

Printmaker Mike Keyes Gets Back to Nature, Then Gets Serious about Woodprint
Westword, Jamie Siebrase, May 27, 2014

Family is important to Keyes, and it was his oldest son who brought the artist to Denver about two years ago. Keyes and his wife, both newly retired, were happy to move west to spend more time with their grandchildren. Another happy occurrence: "Actually, retirement has enabled me to get into art more full-time," says Keyes. He's a member of the Red Delicious Press, a printmaking co-op in Aurora, and has also started doing oil paints again at the Art Student League of Denver. Printmaking, though, is his forte. Read more


Great Moments in Medicine and Great Moments in Pharmacy

Exhibit: Great Moments in Medicine and Great Moments in Pharmacy

On Exhibit

June 2015
3rd floor Gallery, Health Sciences Library
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These 14 prints represent a small sample of the Great Moments in Medicine and Great Moments in Pharmacy series that was produced by the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company. The entire series consists of 85 paintings done by Robert Thom, who has been described as the ‘Norman Rockwell’ of medicine. Thom began work on the paintings in 1948, with the collaboration of Parke-Davis pharmacist George Bender. The paintings were meant to highlight the outstanding people and moments in medicine and pharmacy and to explain ‘what advances in medicine, throughout the centuries, meant to the better health and welfare of our modern civilization.’ (George Bender, 1951)

The prints were delivered to doctors, pharmacists and pharmacies beginning in 1951. Parke-Davis also released them as magazine advertisements, brochures, and as facsimiles that could be removed from magazines for framing.

The paintings and prints were produced to fit into the Parke-Davis corporate identity and to be used as advertising. They were meant to connect moments of medical and pharmaceutical innovation with the Parke-Davis name. Because of this motivation, Thom and Bender have been criticized for focusing only on single ‘great men’ while ignoring the complexity of medical innovation.

Learn more

Jonathan M. Metzel, MD PhD and Joel D Howell, MD, PhD, “Making History: Lessons from the Great Moments Series of Pharmaceutical Advertisements,” Academic Medicine 79 (2004): 1027


Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons

Exhibit: Opening Doors

On Exhibit

April 14 to May 23, 2015
3rd floor Gallery, Health Sciences Library

Opening Reception and Presentation

April 27, 2015 at 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
​Reading Room, Health Sciences Library

PRESENTATION: Dr. Gregory McClain is an academic surgeon in Columbia, Missouri. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine.


An exhibition developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.

African Americans have always practiced medicine, whether as physicians, healers, midwives, or “root doctors.” The journey of the African American physician from pre-Civil War to modern day America has been a challenging one. Early black pioneer physicians not only became skilled practitioners, they became trailblazers and educators paving the way for future physicians, surgeons, and nurses, and opening doors to better health care for the African American community.

We celebrate the achievements of these pioneers in medicine by highlighting four contemporary pioneer African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of young African Americans pursuing medical careers.

Online Exhibit

Exhibit: Opening Doors


Art from CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Community 2015

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Opening reception: January 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
On exhibit: January 7 – March 31, 2015
Location: Third Floor Gallery

An exhibit of artwork created by faculty, staff and students of the University of Colorado Denver. There are many talented artists among the faculty, staff and students on our campuses. This juried exhibition is an opportunity for us to learn about our talented co-workers, teachers, and students.

For questions, please contact Debra Miller, LibraryTechnician III, at 303-724-2131 or via email Debra.Miller@ucdenver.edu

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