Mark Gilbert is a portrait artist from Scotland who has been living in Omaha for almost two years. Gilbert does portraits of patients and caregivers as part of a research project exploring the connections between art and medicine. Many of the patients featured are suffering with life-threatening diseases or disfigurement. In this segment, we are in Mark’s studio at the University Medical Center in Omaha as he sketches a charcoal portrait of someone who is both a patient and a caregiver at UNMC. The official results of the study will not be available for some time, but already some of Mark’s subjects report a positive benefit from the experience. The dramatic portraits done in charcoal or oil paint will be featured in an art exhibit at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha in December 2008.
The explosion of artistic work occurring across Nebraska is featured in this unique project produced by NET Television. This series of eight short video segments showcases the diversity of innovative artistry in the Cornhusker state.