Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

EBL Graphic Medicine Exhibit (April 2020): Home

Exhibit information, registration, and consumer health resources for participants.

As mandated by Vanderbilt University Administration, the Graphic Medicine Exhibit’s Opening Reception and Panel on April 8, 2020 is canceled. We will still accept drawings and scan them for the online exhibit. If mailed, send to Eskind Biomedical Library attn: Philip Walker, 2209 Garland Avenue, Nashville, TN 37240. We will also accept digitally-created drawings or scanned hand-drawings via email

The online exhibit is officially open. Click on Image Gallery. 

The Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center is sponsoring an exhibit from April 8 to May 8, 2020 entitled, “Telling our stories: graphic medicine and the intersection of art and healthcare.”

Graphic Medicine utilizes comics as its medium to help patients, families, health sciences students, and all levels of clinical staff with healing, coping, educating, and communicating the many aspects of our interactions with health care.  It distinguishes itself as a form of art therapy by encouraging artistic expression in the context of health care whether the subject is clinical, research, education, financial, or organizational.   

The library’s exhibit is seeking works of art from the Vanderbilt community based upon their health care experiences.  Staff, students, faculty, and patients from Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center are invited to participate in this campus-wide event.  

Visit this website often for more information and updates.  An additional webpage includes consumer health biomedical information resources to assist with comics content development and lifelong learning.  There are also links to selected citations pertaining to Graphic Medicine. Information about the upcoming Art Days is available on the Tips & Tricks page.

We are now accepting completed submissions (original or copies). They can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:00a to 6:00p. If mailed, please send them to: Eskind Biomedical Library (attn: Philip Walker), 2209 Garland Avenue, Nashville, TN 37240.


  • This is an exhibit not a contest. There are no prizes given or judging of the works.
  • Drawings may be created digitally or sketched.
  • Drawings may be black & white, grayscale, or color.
  • All submissions must be printed by the creator and delivered to the Eskind Biomedical Library in-person or by mail. We’ll accept the original or a copy.
  • Due to the sensitive nature, please refrain from using names or other identifiable information. Artist(s) signatures are optional. 
  • Submissions may be created by all eligible participants. Individual or group (ex. patient/family, patient/provider, student/faculty, staff/faculty) submissions are welcome.
  • Submissions may consist of a single frame/panel or multiple frames/panels. Maximum size is 11x17.
  • At the end of the exhibit, submissions will be scanned and digitized for an online exhibit. Creators can opt out of the digitization on the registration form.
  • This is a public event. Please be aware of the possibility of drawings appearing on social media or other online venues.
  • We reserve the right to reject explicit or inappropriate content.

Registration Form

Participants may register at any time. Save your return code to edit the form. Submissions will be accepted at the Eskind Biomedical Library beginning in February 2020. 

Contact us

Thanks to our sponsors

The exhibit is sponsored by the Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center, the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University, the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, & Public Policy at Vanderbilt, and a grant from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library.