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2021 Paint Your Pet Art Show

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.

The VTCSOM community and culture team arranged a virtual “Paint Your Pet” activity. Participants sent in a photo of their pet. Artists at the Taubman sketched the photo onto the canvas with instructions for the participants to paint them. Check out the below video for more information about the process. Check out the masterpieces on the page below or in the hallways of VTCSOM for a limited time.

[Instrumental with various art show pictures]

[Alex Goslow, class of 2022]: This is Raj. He is an 11 year old american pit bull. Raj is the ultimate couch potato, but when he does get the opportunity to go outside he loves it. I love Raj more than anything. He's pretty convinced that he is either a puppy, or a lap dog, so I get a lot of snuggles!

[Lauren Cashman, class of 2021]: This is Loki. He is a Siamese cat and he's 15. When I was 12, he was super energetic and was like my little play buddy and would chase me around the house, and now that I'm studying a lot and less you know exciting, he is just the right speed. He'll sit with me, and my family jokes that he has been through four years of medical school and that he's getting his M.D. this spring, so I care a lot about Loki.

I like to paint, so I had kind of been hoping some time that there would be a like student participation art exhibit, and so the fact that it was also like paint your pet that was really exciting.

[Alex]: I knew immediately that I was going to do it. There was no doubt in my mind.

[Katrina King, Taubman Museum of Art]: During COVID-19 we adjusted our in-person classes and instead started doing paint your pet home kits. We draw out your pet's image on a canvas and then take you through a step-by-step process to create a lasting portrait of your pet.

[Alex]: Being able to have someone help me to start it and sort of give me an outline of what I was going to be working on was very helpful.

[Lauren]: I think there's probably some fear that a lot of people have that they like won't do a good job. I feel like it took whatever artistic abilities I had and really showed me how to apply them in the right way.

[Visuals of artwork completed by students and staff with voiceover by Katrina King]: Just relax, take a moment, observe, and use your paintbrush to create something beautiful.

[Alex]: This in particular was one of my favorite activities that has been offered to us. The school does a really amazing job of providing us opportunities to decompress and that's one of the things I value most about this school.

This is going in my bedroom. I've already planned it. When I was painting it, I chose the colors based on what I wanted to have in my room.

[Lauren]: Having it as like a keepsake of him for whatever does happen in the future it is really comforting to think about that I've kind of captured him at a moment in time. He's my special buddy! 

grey dog on a pink background
Alex Goslow

Alex Goslow: Raj

"He is pretty convinced that he's either a puppy or a lap dog so I get lots of snuggles."

"This in particular was one of my favorite  activities that has been offered to us. The  school does a really amazing job of providing  us opportunities to decompress and that's one of the things I value most about this school. This is going in my bedroom. I've already planned it. When I was painting it, I chose the colors  based on what I wanted to have in my room."

Siamese cat in a blue basket on a yellow background
Lauren Cashman

Lauren Cashman: Loki

"My family jokes that he has been in medical school for four years and is getting his MD this spring."

"I like to paint, so I had kind  of been hoping some time that there would be a like student participation art exhibit, and so the  fact that it was also like paint your pet that was really exciting. I knew immediately that I was  going to do it. There was no doubt in my mind. Having it as like a keepsake of him for whatever  does happen in the future it is really comforting to think about that I've kind of captured him  at a moment in time. He's my special buddy!"

white cow with orange 04 ear tags on a light blue background
Miranda Gerrard
black cat on a yellow background
Abby Ruffle
closeup of a dog on a wild flower background and a colorful sky
Ariel Badger
dog on a green and white background
Michaela Pesce
brown dog on a bright colored gradient background of red to yellow
Joowon Choi
brown dog on a blue background with clouds
Camden Kurtz
golden retriever on green background
Benjamin Tintera
grey cat on a blue background
Abra Roberts
white dog wearing a blue vest on a red background
Kritika Chugh
dog on a blue background
Alyssa Wenzel
dog on a blue background
Nneoma Edokobi
brown and white dog on a green background
Erika Coleman
brown dog on a blue background
Katie Brow
brown and white dog on a blue background
Katelyn Stebbins
husky on a green background
Kristina Gueco
orange cat on a brown background
Nirali Trivedi
white dog with brown and white head on a green background
Casey Engel
foreground white rabbit, background bird in the blue sky
Claire Seo
dog on a yellow blanket
Brandon Ganjineh
tabby cat on a purple background
Hailey Gosnell
brown dog on a yellow background
Ellen Shrontz
brown dog on a green background
Ilona Jileaeva
dog on green grass
Adelaida Stambol
dog's face on a blue background
Cameron Worden
dog on blocked background
Adelaida Stambol
black cat on red background
Mary Milam
black and brown dog with a white chest on a orange background
Caroline Woods
grey cat on a blue background
Serina Williams
fish in bold colors of blue with red fins and green tail
Parth Vaidya
orange cat on blue blanket
Aryo Sorayya
white dog on a red and blue background
Melissa Leaf
grey cat on a blue and white background
Stephanie Masters
brown and white dog on a brown background
Vemmy Metsutnan
brown and white dog on a purple background
Kenny Young
brown dog on a blue background
Maria St. Clair
tabby cat on a green background
Leah Huang
brown dog on a purple background
Madeline D'Aquila
dog on a blue background
Dinesh Lal
brown dog on a purple background
Riya Patel
brown dog on a blue and green background
Shawna Bilton
black and white dog on a blue background
Rita McCandless
black dog on a colorful gradient background
Kerilyn Godbe
cat on a purple background
Mira Nicchitta
white dog on a blue background
Vrinda Shukla
brown dog on a blue background
Morgan North
brown and white dog on a blue background
Morgan North
orange cat hugging a black hand on a green background
Mallory Blackwood
brown and black dog with a green toy on a purple background
Lynn Stanwyck
closeup of a dog on a blue background with clouds
Dave Trinkle
brown dog on a blue background with clouds
Dave Trinkle
black and white dog on a blue background with clouds
Dave Trinkle