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.
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."
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."
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.)
Annual Ad Libitum Art Night Showcases the Arts at Einstein
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Photo Exhibit Offers Windows on the Developing World
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Women's Career Day: Sharing Strategies for Managing a Precious Resource
Friday, February 20, 2015
3rd Annual Isabelle Rapin Conference Shines a Light on Rett Syndrome
Friday, February 13, 2015
Writing Internship Puts Words into Action
Monday, February 09, 2015
Thursday, February 05, 2015
Humanist Doctors of Tomorrow Honored Today
Monday, February 02, 2015
Third Annual Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Pitching Your Science, Pitching Yourself
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Homecoming Dance Highlights a Good Time
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
< Previous | Next >