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Medicine and art collide at exhibit on Anschutz campus

Travis Vermilye talks art at the Hyper-Stasis opening

Patrons at the Hyper-Stasis opening.

Patrons at the Hyper-Stasis opening.

Travis Vermilye is combining art and medicine with his exhibition of works at the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Hyper-Stasis, which runs through Aug. 29, examines the result of choices we make that impact our health -- what we eat, what we do and what we don't do.

"The intent of the entire exhibition is to provide motivation and a place for self-reflection and to provide a glimpse into the beauty of the human body, even in a diseased state," says Vermilye, Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver who teaches courses in medical illustration.

The first series, titled Waiting, consists of three 24-by-34-inch images that explore the number of people in the United States waiting for organ transplants versus the number who actually receive transplants. Vermilye uses a labyrinth in each to represent the path each person must take and symbols to represent individual people.  

The second series, titled NINE, consists of nine 30-by-30-inch graphite drawings representing the top nine conditions that result from prolonged physical inactivity.  The series looks at microscopic changes that occur in our bodies with each condition and includes nine facts related to each condition.  

In addition to being the home of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, the Fulginiti Pavilion features a 1,000-square-foot art gallery, a grand piano in the lobby, conference rooms and seating areas.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

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