About the Artist

As an artist, teacher, and researcher, Dr Mark Gilbert’s work in clinical, studio, and domestic settings has enriched and expanded traditional conceptions of portraiture. He has led many arts-based research projects using portraiture to illuminate patient and caregiver experience of illness, recovery, and care. His 5 major bodies of work—spanning dementia to seizures to head and neck cancers—have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United Kingdom and North America. Dr Gilbert’s work in clinical portraiture continues to innovate and evolve at the intersections of ethics, art, and health care.

Dr Gilbert graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1991 and earned his PhD from the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr Gilbert is currently an associate professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he is also a participating faculty member in the University’s Medical Humanities Program.

Curator's Note

We want to express our deep appreciation to all who shared their time and stories with Mark in co-creating the portraits featured in this exhibition. 


The artist wishes to acknowledge William Lydiatt, MD, professor of surgery at Creighton University, professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, president-elect of the American Head and Neck Society; Iain Hutchison, BDS, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at St Bartholomew’s and the London Medical and Dental School in London, UK; Virginia Aita, PhD, emeritus faculty in the Department of Health Promotion, Social, & Behavioral Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health in Omaha; Wendy A. Stewart, MD, MMEd, PhD, pediatric neurologist and director of medical humanities at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick in Canada; and Kenneth Rockwood, MD, MPA, geriatrician and professor of medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Artist disclosed no conflicts of interest.

The viewpoints expressed in this exhibition are those of the artist(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.