Annette Polan is an internationally renowned portrait artist, who has  created official portraits of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and other leaders of industry and government.

Ms. Polan is Professor Emerita at the Corcoran College of Art +Design/ George Washington University. She has exhibited her work and lectured widely in the United States and abroad. She is a participant in the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassy Program.  She was  Chair and Founder of Faces of the Fallen, an exhibition of 1323 portraits by 230 American artists, honoring American servicemen and women who died in Afghanistan and Iraq.  In recognition of her leadership on that project, she was awarded the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Outstanding Public Service Award.

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Aneta Georgievska-Shine, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the Department of Art History and the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Her publications include scholarly books, articles, and catalogue essays. In addition to her college-level-teaching, she has presented numerous lectures both within the United States and internationally, for museums and  institutions such as the Smithsonian, as well as for groups such as the Art Seminar of Baltimore and the Chief Executives Organization.


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Lynn McKinley-Grant MD, 
is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine/Dermatology at Georgetown University School of Medicine and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC.

As a compassionate and empathetic physician with a specialty in Dermatology and Internal medicine she uses narrative medicine (listening to the patient) and sensory medicine (use of the 5 senses) to make diagnoses and to treat her patients.

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Recent article on the Power of Art in Medicine

Our program leaders bring years of expertise in several different yet complementary disciplines: 
fine arts, medical research and practice, and teaching in academic and non-academic settings