Impressionism and the Art of Medical Communication

Penn State College of Medicine

April 4 to April 13

A critical skill for physicians is the ability to communicate effectively with patients. The Impressionist artists of the 19th century redefined communication through art by relying heavily on observation and rejecting cognitive biases of the day. As such, painters that launched the Impressionist movement provide useful metaphors for the study of medical communication in the present. This exhibition presents the work of students from the course “Impressionism and the Art of Medical Communication,” a Penn State College of Medicine course co-taught by faculty in the Department of Art History and the College of Medicine. In the course, Impressionism and active painting are used as teaching and learning tools for effective medical communication. On view in the exhibition are student paintings created in response to the close study of Impressionist masterworks.