Annual Ad Libitum Art Night Showcases the Arts at Einstein

Lubin Dining Hall was recently transformed into a sophisticated gallery space for the eighth annual Ad Libitum Art Night & Auction, hosted by the Ad Libitum Club earlier this winter. Strains of jazz music set the mood as visitors—who turned out in force despite the cold, rainy weather—perused an eclectic exhibition of paintings, drawings and photographs created by Einstein faculty, students and staff.

The event was organized by third-year Ph.D. students Lauren Boudewyn and Julia Frei, who serve as co-leaders of the Ad Libitum Club and as co-editors in chief of Ad Libitum, Einstein’s art and literary magazine.

A Personal Relationship

In welcoming the participating artists and guests, Dr. Marti Grayson—senior associate dean for medical education, who also serves as an advisor to the club—recounted her own early exposure to the arts. "As a child, I took ballet lessons and my parents sent me to an arts camp. I loved dancing, ceramics and painting," she recalled. "My first job in medicine was assistant dance therapist on the psychiatric floor of a hospital, and I learned how incredibly meaningful the arts can be in helping people to communicate."

Dr. Grayson then encouraged everyone to "take a moment and reflect on your relationship with the arts."

“This wonderful showing represents the best of Einstein,” added Dr. Stephen Baum, senior associate dean for students, in his welcoming remarks. "It's inspiring to see the breadth of the work and people represented."

Connecting with the Bronx Community

The exhibit also included works by student artists from the Bronx River Art Center (BRAC), several of whom attended Ad Libitum Night with their families. As in years past, a silent auction of displayed artwork benefited the nonprofit art center.

"Our partnership with BRAC was initiated several years ago by an Einstein student who took ceramics classes at the center," Ms. Boudewyn explained.

Hillary Guzik, a research technician in Einstein's Analytical Imaging Facility, has contributed her art to Ad Libitum and the art night since 2011. "I enjoy submitting and displaying my photographs and looking at the work of others in the community," she said. "And I love knowing that any money raised is helping support the local arts. I hope it will help inspire children to tap into their creativity."

Creative Voices

The evening's creative offerings went beyond visual arts. Attendees also were treated to a festive musical interlude by the "Lymph Notes," Einstein's a cappella singing group, and open mic readings by poets and authors from the Einstein community.

"The Ad Libitum Club is committed to bringing together all members of the Einstein community to share their creativity and to connect with the local arts community," said Ms. Frei. "Ad Libitum Night is a reminder that our medical and scientific community fosters all modes of creative thinking."

For more information about the Ad Libitum Club, visit the club’s website. You also can view past issues of Ad Libitum or learn how to submit your writing or art to the next issue. (The submission deadline is March 1, 2015.)

Attendees enjoyed the a cappella singing of Einstein’s Lymph Notes
Attendees enjoyed the a cappella singing of Einstein’s Lymph Notes
Ad Libitum co-editors in chief, Julia Frei and Lauren Boudewyn
Ad Libitum co-editors in chief, Julia Frei and Lauren Boudewyn
MSTP student Ruth Howe shows her art
MSTP student Ruth Howe shows her art
 

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