At the Bio-Medical Library, we strive to create a warm and inviting environment for users as a place to study, and to provide a stimulating, intellectually inspiring atmosphere. 

We believe that artwork within the library can provide an inspirational kaleidoscope for learning, and promote curiosity, discovery, and a creative transfer of knowledge. 

Artwork in our Quiet Study Spaces

The Bio-Medical Library has original artwork on loan from the Weisman Art Museum Art Rental Program. This artwork is showcased in our quiet study spaces on the 4th floor of the Library.

Rotating Art Exhibit

The focus of the rotating art exhibit is to promote and display artwork created by individuals or groups with a University of Minnesota connection.

Rotating exhibit spaces are located on the 2nd floor of the Bio-Medical Library. Artists will be able to display their work in three exhibit spaces. The spaces measure 16 ft., 14 ft., and 6 ft. wide, with a height of 8 ft. Each space features overhead directional lighting to showcase the artwork. Artwork will be rotated quarterly, to refresh our library space throughout the year. 

Learn more about the Bio-Medical Library Rotating Art Program:

Current Exhibit

Yoga ON Ice: Commemorating a Frozen Wonderland
Artwork by: Nancy Chakrin
December 2, 2019 - April 2020

In this exhibit, artist Nancy Chakrin features her fine art metal photography prints of yoga practice at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

Two women practicing yoga outside in winter at night.

Past Exhibits

Holistic Practice: A Nurse and Her Art
Artwork by: Martha Bird
February 7 - June 11, 2019

In this exhibit, multidisciplinary artist and practicing nurse Martha Bird shares her fiber art, mixed media, photography, mosaic, and relief printing to represent the resilience found in the body, mind, and soul.

Textile art - fabric and needlework on canvas entitled "From Here to There One Step at a Time"
From Here to There: One Step at a Time, mixed media, 11x14, 2017

Artwork by: Jes Reyes
August 21 - December 21, 2018

In this exhibit, artist Jes Reyes presents a collection of colorful abstract paintings that were created as she was healing from long-term grief.

A First One, Watercolor on Paper, 11x8, 2016
A First One, Watercolor on Paper, 11x8, 2016

To really see: Exploring the medication taking experience through art
Artwork by: Various
January 2 – April 30, 2018 (Extended through August 13, 2018)

This exhibit uses art to help individuals tell their stories about taking medication and how medications have impacted their life.

Pill, Oil on Canvas by Sam Larom.
Pill, Oil on Canvas by Sam Larom.

Pharmacopoeia: Medicinal Plants Growing In My Backyard
Artwork by: Linda Gammell
September 5 - December 15, 2017

In this exhibit, artist Linda Gammell shares her photography that is drawn from family narrative, personal garden history, and scientific knowledge of medicine and plants.

Columbine - My Face (photography by Linda Gammell)
Columbine - My Face by Linda Gammell.

Inside Out - A Body of Work

Artwork by: Sarah Schneemann
June 15 - September 1, 2017

In this exhibit, artist Sarah Schneemann shares her artwork that depicts her fascination with the resilient human body and its awe-inspiring sustainability.

Artwork by Sarah Schneeman. Striated (Skeletal) Muscle in Blue #1.
Striated (Skeletal) Muscle in Blue #1 by Sarah Schneeman.

Body and Self

Artwork by: Emily Beron
January 17 - May 12, 2017

In this exhibit of watercolor paintings, artist Emily Beron explores her own experiences with health, reflecting on the quiet daily battles each one of us go through, big or small.

Double Self Portrait.  Watercolor. By Emily Beron.
Double Self Portrait. Watercolor, 11″ x 14 ” (2015) by Emily Beron.

Brushed Back to Life: Healing from Illness through Intuitive Painting and Poems
Artwork and poetry by: Ron Duffy
August  2 -  October 30, 2016

In this exhibit of abstract paintings and poetry, artist Ron Duffy explores his own experiences living with a chronic illness. Through his work, Duffy found a renewed zest for living that had been dulled by illness.

Good Vibrations by Ron Duffy.
Good Vibrations by Ron Duffy.

 Yoga ON and OFF the wall
Artwork by: Nancy Chakrin and Laure Ellis-Young, MCT, CYT
April 1 - July 31, 2016

Artists Nancy Chakrin and Laurie Ellis-Young share their worldly adventures, using art as a means of illustrating the synergy between yoga and friendship. 

Circling Setting Sun
Circling Setting Sun by Nancy Chakrin.

Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project
Artwork by: Barbara Porwit
July 13 - October 2, 2015

Inspired by many close friends undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Artist Barbara Porwit saw women turning health challenges into personal power, inspiring her Breast Cancer Superhero Project emerged. Six large-scale oil paintings combine pop art, positive psychology and the universal hero's journey.

Artwork by Barbara Portwit "Radiation Diva" for Breast Cancer Superheros Art Exhibit
Radiation Diva – Jill Stanton, by Barbara Porwit. 43″ x 36″ Oil on canvas, 2013. Photo by Doug Webb.

The (Non) - Fictional Heart
Artwork by: Various
April 29 - May 29, 2015

The artwork for this show, curated by Katelyn Schmidt (UMN Art Student), represent ideas about the physiological heart and the fictional heart, each encapsulating the (non) - fictional heart in its own way

  • Jane Powers – Vessels, ceramics
  • Qian Liu – The Family Photo, acrylic
  • Will Lakey – Figures Grieving, graphite 
  • Katelyn Schmidt - florero del corazón, ceramics
Figures Grieving by Will Lakey. Graphite.
Figures Grieving by Will Lakey. Graphite.