MFAs Scott Bell, Gaelin Craighead, and Elise Thompson, with Department of Art Professor Terri Lindbloom, participated in Perspectives – Art, Liver Diseases and Me in Vienna, Austria. Perspectives-Art, Liver Diseases and Me is an initiative developed by Catedra Arte (Y) Enfermedades at the Universidad de Valencia Bellas Artes in Valencia, Spain to raise awareness and understanding of liver diseases, such as Hepatitis C. In this event, artists and patients from countries across the globe came together to creatively portray the impact of these diseases.
Terri Lindbloom guided the students through this project and accompanied them as they met with patients who had or had recovered from Hepatitis and created works based on their stories. Willis Stelle of AbbVie Pharmaceuticals advised them as they went through the process.
The work was shown at the event in Vienna Austria in April of this year. A film festival accompanied the exhibition, which provided artists and attendees the opportunity to share ideas and counter stereotypes about diseases. The Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes Arte y Enfermedades, explains that stigmas are still associated with certain diseases. The silence of the community only serves to reinforce the idea that an absence of disease is the only way to maintain a good life.