March 24, 2005

Contact: Jennifer Riordan 272-0261; 220-0702 cell

FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE

UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) Executive Vice President R. Philip Eaton, MD, will unveil plans for the HSC's Sculpture Garden of Healing, Thursday April 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the UNM College of Pharmacy Auditorium (Room 135).  The public is invited to attend.

Eaton will discuss how students, faculty, staff, patients and their families are affected by art on campus and the connection between the creativity of teaching, healing, discovering and art. "We are changing the landscape of the UNM HSC both literally and figuratively," Eaton said. "Over the next few years, the campus will change significantly in its physical appearance, but what we are really doing is changing the HSC experience for everyone who comes here."

New York physician and sculptor Ernest Shaw will also speak at the event. Recently, two of Shaw's works were donated to the HSC by Michael Rosenbaum, in honor of his late father Milton Rosenbaum, MD, who was a faculty member in the HSC's Department of Psychiatry for more than 15 years.  Shaw will discuss these pieces and will address the intended therapeutic effects of his work. 

Originally trained in psychiatry, Shaw pursued a career as a sculptor, believing that he could serve others more effectively through his artistry.  "I knew there was more to healing human suffering than what I was being formally taught," he said.  Shaw's works are in more than 80 museums, universities and municipal collections nationwide.  He is also the director of the Center of Mind/Body Medicine in Kingston, NY.

Shaw's works will be installed at the UNM Psychiatric Center and the UNM Children's Psychiatry Center.  In addition to the two pieces donated by Rosenbaum, a third sculpture by Shaw will be installed on the HSC campus near Novitski Hall. 

As the largest integrated healthcare treatment and education complex in the New Mexico, the UNM HSC's vision is to identify and solve the most important questions of human health in New Mexico communities. UNM HSC achieves this through education, patient care, research and partnerships.

For more information about the HSC's Sculpture Garden of Healing, please contact Laura Hall at 272-6518.


Contact: Jennifer Riordan, 272-3322