Arts & Resilience returns virtually Sept. 22


By Roman Petrowski, Office of Communications

Laura Spector - Arts & Resilience Series
Laura Spector

The John P. McGovern, MD, Center for Humanities and Ethics presents the return of its Arts & Resilience Program as a four-part virtual series beginning Sept. 22. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, each session will be hosted live via Cisco Webex.

In previous years, the Arts & Resilience Program welcomed highly accomplished fiction writers, musicians, actors, painters, poets, and filmmakers to engage with members of the McGovern Medical School and UTHealth communities. This year, the four virtual sessions feature local, professional visual artists who will lead attendees through creative exercises to foster their personal creativity.

Each session of the virtual series begins at noon, and the first 25 attendees who register for each session with a UTHealth email address will receive a special gift from the McGovern Center.

The first installment of the virtual series features Laura Spector, a performance and video artist who began creating artwork in 1994. In 1996, Spector began her acclaimed Museum Anatomy project, collaborating with museum curators in 16 countries to search for hidden, stolen, lost, and destroyed paintings to use as inspiration for new artwork.

Spector’s artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is a fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts, an individual grant recipient of the Houston Art Alliance, and an Artist-in-Residence of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. In 2016, Spector was awarded an Artist-in-Residence at AtelierHaus Hilmsen in Germany.

The remaining installments of the Arts & Resilience Virtual Series include Brandon Tho Harris (Nov. 10); Patrick McGrath Muñiz (Jan. 26, 2022); and Thedra Cullar-Ledford (April 6, 2022). For a complete schedule and more information about each artist,  Visit the Arts & Resilience webpage.