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An image of a globe with green arrows surrounding it in a recycle type motion... Text Reimagine Reinvent Recreate

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Creativity in Health Education Program’s Fall 2022 Exhibit explores how folks recycle, reimagine, recreate, and reinvent items and turn them into art. 

an abstract depiction of three people: white, brown, and black in an embrace

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Creativity in Health Education Program held our 2022 spring exhibit, Experience Black Love, celebrating the works and contributions of our local and regional artists of color. Artworks reflect the concept of experiencing Black love in your community, family, school, or self.


Hey there! How as your pandemic? Tell us all about... with ART!

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Creativity in Health Education Program’s Fall 2021 exhibit, “Hey There, How Was Your Pandemic?” explored how some of our local and regional artists got creative during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Paint your Pet Art Show

In lieu of not being able to host an in-person art show this spring, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine collaborated with the Taubman Museum of Art for an artistic activity for our students, faculty, and staff that would help brighten not only our spirits but also our school’s hallways.


In the summer / fall of 2020, we featured Art for the Journey, whose mission is to overcome barriers to transform lives through art. Because of COVID restrictions we were unable to have an in-person event and instead created an online show. 


In the fall of 2019, we featured three collections from local artist Jane Lilian Vance. Ms. Vance’s work focused on how medicine, humanity, spirituality, and the physical world all twist through time together. 

[Jane Vance, artist]: Some people have asked me why are you in Blacksburg Virginia? Because it's quiet and it's wild. We all need to ask the question, "How much is wild in our lives?" Not just in our backyards, but in our heart. In the way we love, in the way we dare. I've gone all around the world to try to understand how folk traditions and parables marry to this work here in the old Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I'm right here inviting wild into my heart and into my art.

For decades and decades I have painted. I have refused circumstances and obstacles that would have kept me from painting. I believe paintings can be reverential, highly detailed and narrative. My paintings I hope never answer questions, never lecture, but they ask questions. How can you be a practitioner of compassion and tell the stories from the Himalayas, the old Buddhist cultures, and show that those stories are first cousins to the old Appalachian reverential heart stories of these Blue Ridge Mountains? My paintings ask those questions. I hope they bring hope and connection, and I hope they bring faith to people.

These paintings have been in a lot of places, in New York and solo shows on the East Coast. They've had their success but I would never be more pleased than I am for these paintings to come before medical students in Roanoke. These are the young people who are forming compassion in the next decades of this world. I feel like these paintings have the sincerity, the commitment, the detail, and the globalism that they all ready know. This will just be an homage to them.

[Gil Harrington, founder, save the next girl]: She wants her art to be part of the mix. She doesn't want it to be art partitioned away from life, she wants it to enrich the medical students experience as they become physicians because having an artistic side and inspiration will make them better healers and contribute more fully to our community.

[Jane Vance]: We are prepared to make this world peaceful, sweet, companionable, and wise and medical practitioners are the artists of the next century. 


[Kyle Edgell, artist]: I am a certified humor professional


I will be receiving my certificate in April when I go to the Association for applied Therapeutic Conference that's an organization that's been for the last 25 years studying humor and laughter and doing the research behind it.

I feel my position in my community right now is to be the megaphone that goes out there and says "we have a need to laugh more" and this is a natural cure that our bodies can bring that will affect any disease for the good. 

People will all agree laughter is the best medicine it helped me through cancer. It helped me through the death of my husband and through other personal stories and I think laughter will give a community resilience and when you're laughing with people of it it's really hard to stay mad at them.


I have been a caricature artists in Roanoke for 28 years. When I draw caricatures I'm in a circle of laughter and a circle of people having fun and there are many things that happen that maybe discover that my drawings were better when everybody was laughing. When people were relaxed they had more fun. When people felt safe they were more fun. Of course you have the smart alecks in the audience who want to contribute and those that simply want to watch but they also if I can convert them into being cheerleaders clapping and chanting is a great way to make people laugh and to affirm people and say attaboy.

Everybody knows and can't wait for that turnaround, for the reveal. It gives permission for people to laugh at themselves and to take themselves lightly. Once you do that it helps people bond with you.




[Jennifer Fowler, artist]: My grandfather was a very hardworking dedicated man who dearly loved my grandmother. He was a very thankful man, very grateful for everything. He was proud of his country all the way through. He signed up to be in the military actually right before World War Two happened. He saw that it was coming on and told his family that it looked like they were gonna need his help, so he enlisted and he was in the service I believe two years before he was actually captured by the Japanese.

He was a POW for three and a half years and endured a lot of things that not many could have endured. My grandmother and other members of her family in the church were writing letters to all of the POWs and that was the only letter that my grandfather got his entire time as a POW, and he held on to it and when he returned back from being a POW he married her six months later so it was very special, that one letter.

During the time that I created these pieces I was a photo student at JMU and it was right around the time that he became ill and so the my last semester of school is also when he passed away. So this was kind of how I dealt with what I was going through and also I guess I removed myself from it but was working on it at the same time so that's how I was dealing with his death was by creating these images


I took hundreds of images. I printed all of them but most of them I have used... for instance, all of these are copies of those that I have used to create the transfer images. The way in which I transferred those images onto the paper it was me rubbing onto it, so it's got my literal kind of thumbprint in there. So it's more of a connection than just taking a photo and printing it. This artwork to me represents all of my grandfather exactly what he stood for in his in his life.

I hope that when someone looks at these images that they can feel a connection with someone who is a veteran and realized that they are dear to someone else's heart.


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Fall 2018: Medical school's art show to take a look inward
The show will encourage visitors to step back from the day’s hustle and bustle and enjoy moments of peace, contentment, and introspection

Spring 2018: Laughter is the Best Medicine
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Fall 2017: Asclepius: Military, Medicine, and Creative Forces
Events at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine to honor military service personnel and explore medicine as it relates to military service

Spring 2017: Research in the Abstract
Artists collaborate with researchers in new art show at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Fall 2016: Our Valley: A Healthy Place to Live?
Exhibit to showcase photography in pursuit of public health

Spring 2016: Recent Observations and Discoveries
Art show captures commonality between art, science, and medicine

Fall 2015: Scarred for Life
Exhibit to showcase the healing power of art based on human scars

Spring 2015: The Art of Precision and Reach
Exhibit seeks to capture the power of art in fostering empathy

Winter 2014: Medical Avatar: The Health Time Machine
Art exhibit to feature medical avatars

Fall 2014: Life Is Beautiful
Art show to feature unexpected beauty in everyday life

Spring 2014: The Art of Science and the Science of Art
Art show to explore intersection of science and art

Fall 2013
Drama, beauty, nostalgia expressed in Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine art show
Photos: Art show focuses on creativity and mental health

Summer 2013: Creativity and Mental Health
Art exhibit explores creativity and mental health

Spring 2013
Art exhibition offers a range of subjects, from dancing egrets to nature abstractions

Fall 2012: What's Inside?
Art exhibition explores interpretations of what’s inside the human body

Spring 2012
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine art show features work by faculty, staff, and their families

Fall 2011
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine hosts an art show featuring local artists and medical students

Spring 2011
Creativity in Health Education Program invites public to the inaugural art show

Poetry in Medicine

Created in 2013 by poet and director of the New River Health District Dr. Molly O'Dell, the Creative Expression in Health and Medicine (formerly called Poetry in Medicine) competition gave students, faculty, and staff at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Jefferson College of Health Education, along with students from Virginia Tech, the chance to express themselves artistically. The annual competition, held in the spring, was sponsored by the Tuberculosis Foundation of Virginia and the Community High School for Arts and Academics.

2013 Competition

Poetry in Medicine competition launched

Poetry in Medicine: A Contest Celebration and Reading

Winners announced in first Poetry in Medicine competition

2014 Competition

Second annual competition to celebrate poetry in medicine

Second annual Poetry in Medicine competition to be celebrated

Poetry in Medicine winners announced