presented by the Student Association of Medical Artists

Save the Date for the 2016 Frank Armitage Lecture Series and Tribute

Sunday and Monday
November 6th and 7th 2016

The University of Illinois at Chicago
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Frank Armitage: Creative Genius and Legendary Artist

frank armitage portraitFrank Armitage epitomizes the word “visual genius.” His murals, his amazing background paintings for Disney classics like Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins and the Jungle Book, his inside-the-body landscape paintings for Life Magazine, designs for Disney theme parks, and his Academy Award-winning set designs for the motion picture The Fantastic Voyage, are nothing short of legendary.

In 2006, Frank Armitage donated much of his medical art collection to the Biomedical Visualization graduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. That same year, the College of Applied Health Sciences and the Biomedical Visualization graduate program established the Frank Armitage Lecture Series, both to honor this visionary and to highlight other “visual geniuses” who translate complex biomedical information into visual form. The lecture brings together experts from various disciplines in order to explore new opportunities for science visualization in the 21st Century.

On January 4th, 2016, the Biomedical Visualization graduate program lost a friend and inspiring mentor. The legendary artist Frank Armitage passed away peacefully at the age of 91. The Frank Armitage Lecture Series continues to honor his legacy in the field of medical illustration and ignite innovative solutions in biomedical visualization across numerous disciplines.

The Student Association of Medical Artists

BVIS logo The Student Association of Medical Artists (SAMA) was founded in 2006 by students of the Biomedical Visualization graduate program (BVIS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The goal of SAMA is to enhance professional development, interdisciplinary collaboation, and the quality of student life at UIC by giving students access to the support and information they need to be successful. SAMA holds regular meetings, assists with the orientation and mentoring of new students, connects current students with alumni, and hosts social and service events to help support students and the local/global community. Sponsored by SAMA, the biennial Frank Armitage Lecture brings together visiting students and scholars to support the interdisciplinary demands and to foster innovation in biomedical visualization.

The UIC Biomedical Visualization Graduate Program

BVIS logo Founded in 1921 by Professor Thomas Smith Jones, the Biomedical Visualization program (BVIS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is the second oldest accredited school of its kind and one of only four accredited graduate programs in North America providing professional training for careers in the visual communication of life science, medicine, and healthcare. With a renowned faculty and a curriculum that keeps pace with advances in science and technology, UIC's Biomedical Visualization program attracts graduate students from a variety of disciplines such as medicine, life science, art, sculpture, digital animation, and computer science.

For more information, contact program director John Daugherty at jdaug@uic.edu or visit our website at: http://ahs.uic.edu/bhis/bvis/.

Previous Frank Armitage Lecture Series Speakers

Daniel Garrison, PhD. 2014
Daniel Garrison, PhD
Professor of Classics at Northwestern University

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Gabriel Popescu, PhD. 2014
Gabriel Popescu, PhD
Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Quantitative Light Imaging Laboratory (QLI Lab) Director

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Eric Renteria 2014
Eric Renteria
Application Engineer for the Biomedical Engineering team at Materialise

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Lindsey Thieman 2014
Lindsey Thieman
Curator at the International Museum of Surgical Science

Seth Cooper, PhD. 2012
Seth Cooper, PhD
Creator and Developer of foldit
Creative Director, Center for Game Science
foldit Site

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Simon Alford, PhD. 2012
Simon Alford, PhD
UIC Neuroscience

Arnon Lavie, PhD. 2012
Arnon Lavie, PhD
UIC Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Gary Schnitz 2012
Gary Schnitz
Indiana Hand Center

Melinda Whitmore 2012
Melinda Whitmore, MFA
Vitruvian Fine Art Studio
Melinda Whitmore's Site
Vitruvian Studio Site

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Jane Hurd 2010
Jane Hurd
President,Visual Science Solutions
Hurd Studios Site
Jane Hurd's Blog

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David Bolinsky 2009
David Bolinsky
Medical Director and Partner

Dr. W. Paul Brown 2008
Dr. W. Paul Brown
Consulting Associate Professor
Stanford University

Dr. Michael Parker 2007
Dr. Michael Parker
Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School
AtHome Harvard Site

Marty Sklar portrait 2006
Marty Sklar
Vice-President & Ambassador Disney-Pixar
Former President Disney Imagineering


For more information, contact program director John Daugherty at jdaug@uic.edu.

Special Assistance

If you need special assistance during your visit, please contact Vanessa Medina at vsalga2@uic.edu to make arrangements.


The 2016 Frank Armitage Lecture will take place on the west side of the University of Illinois at Chicago's campus (Medical Center & Health Sciences Colleges). UIC is readily accessible by car, train, or bus.

UIC Medical Center & Health Sciences

Mass Transit (UIC)

UIC is served by the ‘L’ CTA trains: Blue Line train (UIC-Halsted and Racine stops) and the Pink Line train (Polk stop), connecting the campus with downtown, O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport.

CTA bus lines serving the campus include the 7-Harrison, 8-Halsted, 9-Ashland, 11-Lincoln/Sedgwick, 12-Roosevelt, 60-Blue Island/26th and 157-Streeterville/Taylor.

The Pace Suburban Bus operates an express route (Route 755 Plainfield - IMD Express) between Plainfield, Bolingbrook and the UIC campus and Illinois Medical District during weekday rush hours. The UIC campus is also two blocks west of the Greyhound Bus terminal.

CTA (‘L’ trains and buses)
Metra schedule (trains)
PACE (buses)

Driving Directions (UIC)

From the North: Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) westbound and keep to the right; take the second exit from the Eisenhower Expressway, which is Ashland Avenue; take Ashland Avenue south to Taylor Street; then go west on Taylor Street to the campus.

From the West: Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to the Ashland Avenue exit; take Ashland Avenue south to Taylor Street; then go west on Taylor Street to the campus.

From the East: Take Harrison Street or Roosevelt Road west to Wood Street. If you take Harrison Street, go south on Wood Street to the campus, or from Roosevelt Road go north on Wood Street to the campus.

From the South: Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) and exit on Roosevelt Road (1200 south); go west on Roosevelt Road to Wood Street; then go north on Wood Street to the campus.

Parking: Several cash lots are available on campus.
See above map for visitor parking locations.

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