Patricia Olynyk, Florence and Frank Bush professor of art at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at the University of Washington in St. Louis, has been named an inaugural member of The Medicine & Media Arts Initiative, a new academic enterprise that support the artistic exploration of contemporary medical science and biotechnology.
Led by the ArtSci Center at the University of California at Los Angeles, the initiative aims to serve as a vector to advance new artistic projects and research that “reinvent the medical profession, the body, the notions of incarnation, posthumanism. and the effects of our environment. on our sense of bodily presence and well-being in the world. Partner organizations include the UCLA School of Medicine and the California NanoSystems Institute, as well as the Sam Fox School, the University of Washington Institute for Public Health and its minor in Medical Humanities.
In addition to the scholarship, Olynyk will chair the Advisory Council on Medicine and Media Arts. Four other university professors join her on the board of directors: Piroska Kopar, assistant professor of acute and critical care surgery at the School of Medicine; Rebecca Messbarger, professor of Italian and co-founder of the program of medical humanities in arts and sciences; William Powderly, MD, Larry J. Shapiro director of the Institute for Public Health; and Shanti Parikh, associate professor of anthropology and associate chair of African and African-American studies, both in arts and sciences.