Artist bio 

Laura Ferguson’s drawings, prints, and artist's books have been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in her native New York and around the country, including the Museum of Science in Boston, the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, DC, and the Chicago Cultural Center. Her work is represented in many corporate, private and public collections, including the National Library of Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Since 2008, Ferguson has been Artist in Residence and Art & Anatomy teaching artist in the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. There she draws from bones and cadaver dissections in the Anatomy Lab, works with digital radiology scans of her own body in the 3D Lab, and introduces med students, faculty and staff to the pleasures of anatomy drawing. Ferguson became interested in anatomy because of her own curvature of the spine, and has made her own body the subject of her art.


Selected exhibitions

'Submerged,' SciArt Center, New York 
‘Art & Anatomy: Drawings,’ MSB Gallery, New York (curator) 
‘Humans Being II,’ Woman Made Gallery, Chicago IL
‘Wynn Newhouse Awards Exhibition, 2012’ Palitz Gallery, New York
‘Pulse: Art and Medicine,’ Strathmore Gallery, Bethesda MD 
*‘X-ray Visions,’ MSB Gallery, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
‘Seeing Ourselves,’ MuseCPMI (Center for Photography and the Moving Image), NYC
‘Beyond the X-ray,’ Museum of Science, Boston MA
‘Delineate: Drawing,’ McMaster Gallery, Columbia SC 
*‘Selections from The Visible Skeleton Series,’ National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD; Smith Farm Center for Art and Healing, Washington DC; Penn State University, Hershey PA; Michigan State University, East Lansing MI
*’The Visible Skeleton Series,’ National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington DC
‘Humans Being,’ Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL
‘Paper Invitational,’ Woodward Gallery, NYC 
‘Transparent/Opaque,’ Abecedarian Gallery, Denver CO
‘eMotion Pictures: An Exhibition of Orthopaedics in Art, ‘ The United Nations, NYC
*‘The Consciousness of the Body,’ Dance Theater Workshop Gallery, NYC
*‘Drawing the Red-Cloaked Figure,’ Noho Gallery, NYC
‘Bodyworks,’ Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia PA
‘The Anthrpomorphic Book,’ Center for Book Arts, NYC

* solo shows


Artist Residency and Teaching

Artist in Residence and Art & Anatomy teaching artist, Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, 2008-ongoing

‘Drawing the Moving Body, Inside and Out,’ co-taught with Irene Dowd: anatomy and life drawing to visualize the inner body, for dancers and movement practitioners, New York NY, 2011-16


Wynn Newhouse Award, Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, New York, 2012


Selected Public Presentations

"Cadaver Portraits: Learning To See," Yale Program for Humanities in Medicine, Yale University, New Haven CT, 2016 
"Drawing the Brain," Neuroscience Institute, NYU School of Medicine, New York NY, 2015, 2017
"Drawing the Human Heart," American Society for Bioethics + Humanities plenary keynote presenter, Houston TX, 2015
"Medical Humanities and the Visual Arts," University of Puerto Rico, NEH visiting artist, 2013
"Look Again: Strategic Arts-Based Education in Medical Schools,” Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, 2011
“Drawing and Dissection: Ways of Understanding the Human Body,” The Humanities Initiative at NYU, New York NY, 2010
“Body Language,” Society for Disability Studies, Baruch College, NYC, 2008
“Imagining and Imaging the Disabled Self,” Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL, 2006
“Images of the Less-Than-Perfect Body,” National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington DC, 2004
“Notions of the Norm: Modeling and Remodeling the Self,” College Art Association, NYC, 2000
“Bodyworks,” Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia PA, 1994 

Public and Corporate Collections

National Library of Medicine, Washington, DC
National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington, DC
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL
New York University Langone Medical Center, Ehrman Medical Library, New York, NY
VSA arts Collection, Washington, DC
Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, Schenectady, NY
Museum of Modern Spinal Surgery, Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Memphis, TN
Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN


Education and Study

NYU Langone Medical Center/School of Medicine, 2008-ongoing: anatomy and neuroanatomy drawing; work with digital radiology images on Vitrea and OsiriX platforms in 3D Lab 
Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 2000-04: Anatomy Lab drawing 
Irene Dowd Studio, New York, 1991-present: anatomy study, neuromuscular training, drawing from the skeleton
Parsons School of Design, New York, 1976-78: illustration and design
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, 1975-76: graphic design 
Brandeis University, Waltham MA, 1967-69: BA 1969 
Brown University, Providence RI: 1965-67


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