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Bill Burgard: Art Installation for University of Michigan Hospital


Bill Burgard (BFA 79) was recently commissioned to create large format portraits of the UM Hospital Department of Gastroenterology’s top five researchers.

Images that reflect each individual’s projects and contributions to their fields were included. The idea was to tell a visual story of the groundbreaking work done at the unit and to provoke the curiosity of patients and visitors to appreciate the less glamorous world of endoscopic procedures. At first glance this seemed very oxymoronic. After meeting with all of the physicians and discussing their resources and tools I came up with a wealth of provocative images to weave into the five compositions.

Each portrait is painted in oil on a gessoed wood panel. The accompanying illustrations are done in mixed media on paper. All images were scanned and assembled using Illustrator and Photoshop. The final output is on heavy weight archival paper.

The installation was completed on July 1 this summer. It can be seen during business hours in the MPU hallway, on the second floor of University Hospital, main building.