The Institute of Cultural Connections is working with medical artist Mark Gilbert on a virtual exhibit of his work and a possible later campus exhibit.

Scottish artist, Mark Gilbert earned a BA in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art in 1991. After ten years of studio practice, The Royal London Hospital, England offered him a post as artist in resident. There he worked in collaboration with maxilla facial surgeon, Professor Iain Hutchison and his patients. The resulting exhibition and international tour led to his next project: a two-year research project and exhibition entitled, “Here I am and Nowhere Else: Portraits of Care.”

As with all of Mark Gilbert’s work, the relationship between the subject and the artist is an integral part of the pictures he produces. He seeks to connect and respond to his subjects and to reflect them in a way that is full and human.

In 2014, he was awarded his Ph.D in the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA) program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His research focused on the interdisciplinary field of Art and Medicine and recognized that non-discursive methods (e.g. pictures, music, dance, poetry, etc.) can be forms of research. Past, present and future; silence and dialogue; listening and questioning; reflecting and experiencing; analyzing and imagining all converged into the resultant artwork and dissertation.

He continues his personal painting practice and is available for commissions.

Dr. Gilbert's Professional Web Page is

Three different exhibits can be linked below:

Saving Faces

Portaits of Care

The Experience of Portraiture in A Clinical Setting ( Under development As  a Virtual Gallery By Dr. Gilbert and ICC).