Exhibit explores use of comics to tell stories of health and illness
JOHNSON CITY (April 30, 2019) – The Medical Library at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine is hosting a travel exhibition called “Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn,” on loan from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, explores the use of comics to tell stories of health and illness. It is located on the first floor of the ETSU Medical Library, Building 4 on the Mountain Home VA campus. It remains open until June 8, with weekday hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and weekend hours from 2-6 p.m.
Curated by cartoon artist Ellen Forney, the six-banner traveling exhibit draws from seminal texts, newly procured by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The exhibit uses imagery and text from several of these personal stories told by the author as patient or caregiver. The NLM collects graphic medicine as an important facet of medical literature.
Several events are planned in connection with the exhibit, including a lecture titled “Can Art Heal?” by Dr. Eric Avery, who serves as the 2019 Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence in the Arts, Rhetoric and Science at ETSU.
Avery’s lecture will be held on Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. in the Nancy B. Stanton Auditorium (room C023), located in Quillen College of Medicine’s Stanton-Gerber Hall on the VA campus.
The exhibit will also travel to the Johnson City Brewing Company, 257 East Main Street, on Tuesday, May 14, at 5 p.m. for Marvel Trivia Night.
On Tuesday, May 21, the ETSU Medical Library will host a pizza and movie night featuring “Wrinkles,” an animated graphic medicine adaptation about life with dementia. This event will take place at 5 p.m. in the basement of VA Building 4.
In addition, Rachel Walden, associate dean and library director at Quillen College of Medicine, will present “Creating Graphic Medicine: Elevating Patient Stories through Interprofessional Art” on Thursday, June 6, at noon in the first floor of the Medical Library.