2016 Exhibits

From DNA to Beer

DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry

image: captured image from exhibit: From DNA to BeerAbout: Produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, From DNA to Beer is accompanied by MillerCoors historic advertisements, and original artwork, Good Times, by Gordon Snidow. An exhibit of home-brewing equipment will also be on display.

The exhibition illustrates the history of the dynamic relationship among microbes, medicine, technology, and industry, which has spanned centuries.

Exhibit dates: September 19 - November 6, 2016
Location: Health Sciences Library, Gallery, 3rd Floor (directions and parking)
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Poignant Humorists: An Exhibit of Rockwell Prints Based on Twain Classics

July 1 - September 15, 2016  |  Gallery, Third Floor

Poignant Humorists: An Exhibit of Rockwell Prints Based on Twain ClassicsThe mythical carefree days of childhood are depicted through Norman Rockwell’s illustrations of Mark Twain’s classics The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, kindly donated to the University of Colorado by Dr. and Mrs. David R. Gillingham (M.D. – 1963) in memory of Dr. Robert W. Hendee (M.D. – 1961). 

Poignant Humorists: Mark Twain and Norman Rockwell

To celebrate this generous gift, the Health Sciences Library hosted a lecture on February 13th, 2014 with Dr. Pamela Laird, Chair of CU Denver's History Department, wherein she examined these two geniuses.

What a great combination! Norman Rockwell illustrating Mark Twain’s boy legends—Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Fun, mischief, danger, and good intentions that sometimes go awry. . . .

Flipagram slideshow - Poignant HumoristsYet, the countless pleasures and insights that these two American humorists have brought us for generations belie the tensions that too often lay behind their pictures and words. Both Twain and Rockwell struggled with defining their personal goals and professional identities in ways that their art sometimes
reveals and sometimes hides.


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For more information about the exhibit or programming, please contact Debra Miller (debra.miller@ucdenver.edu).  

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Victorian Eyes

An exhibition on computational approaches to analyzing Victorian novels
Artist: Carrie Roy

About: The Victorian Eyes Exhibition was on display at the University of Wisconsin, Memorial Library in March 2014. It also appeared at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery in October and early November 2013, and the Wisconsin Science Festival, September 26-29, 2013.

 "Victorian Eyes” is a traveling art exhibition that examines nineteenth-century British literature from literary, statistical, and artistic vantages. With the modern deluge of media and information, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer amounts of data available. With “Victorian Eyes,” we aim to inspire both specialists within our fields and nonspecialists to think about how the intersections of literature, statistics, and art can help us “see,” analyze, and explain large amounts of data.

While our fields may seem like an eclectic grouping, all deal in varying modes with perspective, which is the unifying theme this exhibition is designed to explore. One intriguing literary and statistical finding (based on word frequencies, words lengths, unique words, etc.) functions as the muse for each art piece in our exhibition. 

Exhibit dates: April to September 30, 2016
Location: Health Sciences Library, alcove on the third floor by the elevators (directions and parking) 
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A collaborative Research/Exhibition project with funding from the New Arts Venture Challenge. University of Wisconsin, Madison

Roll of the Topics: 5, 10, 20

Wood sculpture, black walnut, cherry, 26” x 15” x 13” 
Dynamics of dice and numbers–one number sets new iterations in motion
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View the 5, 10, and 20 topic word clouds

Art piece: Roll of the Topics: 5, 10, 20 by Carrie Roy


His and Hers Inkwells: 1500

Brass, plastic 10” x 6” x 3”
Wells of inspiration, inspiring new applications for modern technology
View complete lists for male and female authors and works analyzed

Art piece: His and Hers Inkwells: 1500 by Carrie Roy


The Great Unread

Wood sculpture, black walnut, 14.5” x 17.25” x 2.5” 
Study in absence and fragility through black walnut wood
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Read the statistical interpretation and code

Art piece: The Great Unread by Carrie Roy



Great Moments in Medicine and Great Moments in Pharmacy

Exhibit: Great Moments in Medicine and Great Moments in Pharmacy

On Exhibit

May - June 2016
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


Linda Susak | Landscape Painter

You are cordially invited to view the whole body of the artist's work over the course of three months

Three exhibits on a monthly rotation: February 6 to April 29, 2016

  1. First exhibit and opening reception: Thursday, February 11, 3-5 p.m.
  2. Second exhibit and meet the artist: Thursday, March 3, 3-5 p.m.
  3. Third exhibit and meet the artist: Friday, April 1, 2-4 p.m. 

Location: Health Sciences Library, Third Floor Gallery (directions and parking) 

Third Exhibit
April 1-30, 2016 | exhibit flyer
The Pumpkin Patch 2012

The Pumpkin Patch by Linda Susak 2012

Second exhibit
March 1-30, 2016 | exhibit flyer
Horn Peak in Autumn 2016

Linda Susak | Landscape Painter


First exhibit
February 6-29, 2016 | ​exhibit flyer 
Meteor Crater 2015

Linda Susak | Landscape Painter

Learn more about the Artist

Linda Susak | Landscape Painter: WebsiteFacebook
Contact: lindasusak@comcast.net

Artist's Statement

Art that mirrors the vast landscapes of the West with an emphasis on color and examines the infinite connection between nature and the human soul. My paintings of landscapes and isolated, abandoned and ancient sites are derived from photographs, yet seek to capture the historical, spiritual, almost mystical layers beneath the photograph of the actual site. Albert Einstein’s proponed fourth dimension of time informs my work, in that I sense all the peoples and events who inhabited a specific space at some time in the past. In my work, I add that layer of meaning to the site through color and personal interpretation...Read more

Great Western Art Gallery

Linda Susak is a typical 21st Century woman: she has had a demanding profession, three children, a husband, house and cat. Her typical day starts at 5 a.m. and ends at 9 or 10 p.m. when she finds time to read. What has kept her mentally stable, however, has been her time away from people, time in nature. The Western landscape gives her infinite, unending views and refreshes her soul. Because she has land and a cabin in the Wet Mountains of Colorado, she has spent vacations there alone, hiking, taking photographs, and just communing with herself. There is a spiritual quality for her in this landscape. She has even found arrowheads while hiking, reminding her of the presence of Native Americans there more than one hundred years ago. Read more


Art from CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Community 2016

On exhibit: November 4, 2015 to January 31, 2016
Location: Third Floor Gallery

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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. This exhibition is presented by the Exhibits Committee of the Health Sciences Library.

Important Dates and Contact Information

  1. Submission deadline: September 25, 2015
  2. Notification of acceptance: October 9, 2015
  3. Deliver your artwork(s): October 22-30, 2015
  4. Exhibition: November 4, 2015 to January 31, 2016
  5. Opening reception: November 12, 2015 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  6. Pick-up your artwork(s): February 1-10, 2016

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