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Veterans Connect Portrait Exhibition to Open at Miami Dade College Galleries of Art + Design’s North Campus Gallery, Jan. 22

Award-Winning Artist to Give Gallery Talk

Miami, January 22, 2014 - Renowned physician Dr. Wilma Bulkin Siegel seeks to bridge medicine and art with her moving and insightful portraits of U.S. veterans. The unique exhibition, Veterans Connect:  Dr. Wilma Bulkin Siegel’s Portraits and Conversation with Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, opens at noon Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Miami Dade College (MDC) Galleries of Art + Design’s (GOAD) North Campus gallery (Building 5). There will be an artist presentation from 12:30-1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through March 15.

Dr. Siegel, who is also an award-winning artist, will present her portraits, accompanied by taped interviews of her conversations with veterans who are working to resume their lives. Presented in conjunction with the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR), the exhibition is one of three works that will be housed at the North Campus’ Route to Human Rights Pavilion.

“I knew that I liked people and wanted to express the knowledge I had acquired about people as a physician. I came upon portraiture as a means of expressing the psychology of the person I was painting,” said Dr. Siegel.

 Dr. Siegel led a distinguished career as an oncologist in New York City. She helped established one of the area’s first hospices to accept AIDS patients. Following her retirement, Dr. Siegel followed her childhood dream of painting and attended The National Academy of Design. She has been recognized nationally for her series on people living with AIDS, and other works on breast cancer survivors, the homeless and the elderly. In 2005, her works on holocaust survivors, “Holocaust Survivors and Liberators”, was featured at The Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale.

Combining her passions for art and medicine, Dr. Siegel has created programs at the University of Miami and Columbia Medical Center that use art as a means of healing for patients and as an educational tool for medical students.

Opening for Veterans Connect Exhibition

  • WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC’s North Campus Gallery 11380 NW 27th Ave. (Building 5)

For more information, please contact MDC’s Campus Galleries of Art + Design at 305-237-7700.  

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