American Healing Art and American Medical Art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Healing Art and American Medical Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Picturing Health: Norman Rockwell and the Art of Illustration (2/3/07)

The Art of Healing: The Wishard Art Collection (2/23/04)

Norman Rockwell and the Art of Medicine (7/6/03)

Frank Moore: Green Thumb in a Dark Eden; essay by Sue Scott (7/12/02)

Frank Moore: Green Thumb in a Dark Eden (3/18/02)

Esther Bubley: American Photo-Journalist (6/23/01)

Art Healing and Friendship: The Doctor Albert Grokoest Collection (11/5/98)


From other websites:

Another Side Revealed Art with a Heart in Healthcare is a 2017 exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville which says: "MOCA Jacksonville continues its partnership with Art with a Heart in Healthcare, a nonprofit organization that provides personalized fine art experiences to enhance the healing process for patients and families at Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Clinic, and Brooks Rehabilitation."  Accessed 9/17

Arts for Healing: Reflections 2017 is a 2017 exhibit at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art which says: "SAMA's Museum/Healthcare Partnership Program debuted in 2003 in an attempt to help area residents suffering from mental and physical disabilities. Through the program, SAMA's trained artists and educators work with health care providers to develop residencies and workshops aimed at providing relief for patients dealing with physical pain and discomfort." Accessed 4/17

A Picture of Health: Art and the Mechanisms of Healing was a 2016 exhibit at Allen Memorial Art Museum, which says: "A Picture of Health explores the mechanisms by which art has been perceived to bring about the health and well-being of its makers and beholders.... Artists have challenged or reaffirmed established ideas concerning medicine, reflecting upon the person and practices of the healer, modes of treatment, and the spaces in which healing occurs." Also see an exhibit review by Julia Peterson in The Oberlin Review 2/5/16.Accessed 11/16

Art As A Healing Force Web by Michael Samuels. M.D., from Accessed August, 2015.

Arts and Healing Network website. Accessed August, 2015.

Art & Creativity for Healing website. Accessed August, 2015.


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The Art of Healing: Medicine and Science in American Art, By William H. Gerdts, Birmingham Museum of Art. Published by Birmingham Museum of Art, 1981. Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized Nov 12, 2007. 119 pages


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