On October 22 and 23, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Applied Health Sciences and its faculty and graduate students in biomedical visualization will host the 2009 Frank Armitage Lecture.
Frank 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 in Life Magazine, designs for Disney theme parks, and his Academy Award-winning set designs for the motion picture The Fantastic Voyage- the man and his career are nothing short of legendary.â€¨â€¨
In 2006, Mr. 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 graduate program initiated the Frank Armitage Lecture both as an honor to this visionary, but also to highlight other “visual geniuses” in medical and scientific illustration, animation, imaging and direction.â€¨â€¨
The Frank Armitage Lecture has been continuously growing since its debut in 2007 with Marty Sklar, a Vice President and ambassador of Disney-Pixar and former president of Disney Imagineering. Since then, creators of eHuman and spokespersons from major corporations such as Fovia and Apple have visited and spoken here at UIC to provide a view of the future in medicine, technology, and visualization. This year, on October 22 and 23, XVIVO's Medical Director, David Bolinsky, is our guest lecturer as well as professionals in interactive patient education, pharmaceutical advertising, stereoscopic imaging and medical illustration. â€¨
What makes this such a special event is that Frank Armitage also joins us (making the journey from his ranch in Paso Robles, California), and spends several days on campus with students, faculty and guests in a casual exchange of thoughts and ideas. His creativity lead to the creation of this annual lecture series and continues to be an inspiration to young and old alike!
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