'Art of the Scar' coming to UI Hospitals & Clinics

Many people see scars as something to conceal. Transplant recipients and living donors, however, wear their scars as a badge of honor. Their scars are a mark of beauty. The Art of the SCAR photography exhibit celebrates this symbol of life.

You’re invited to view this exhibit at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics from Monday afternoon, Sept. 10, until approximately 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the Colloton Pavilion Lobby (Elevator F, Level 1).

The traveling exhibition of The Art of the SCAR contains portraits of transplant recipients and living donors as created by the Clover Hill High School Photography Club in Chesterfield, Virginia, in a collaborative 8-month project with United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). The students also include their statements with each original photograph.

"This exhibit transcends transplantation and is a reminder to all that patient’s scars, those that are visible and the emotional ones that are rarely seen, are a testament to their bravery and their determination to live a normal life despite the burdens of their diseases,” says Alan Reed, MD, director of the UI Organ Transplant Center.

The collection is on loan from The Gallery at UNOS.  

Learn more about the value of organ donation.