Art Exhibit at Georgetown Features Illustrations of Medicinal, Healing Plants

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WASHINGTON – Peonies, wild ginger and the Madagascar periwinkle — these and many others plants have played a vital role in the treatment of diseases or in the promotion of healing. The use of plants for their medicinal and healing properties is the subject of a new art exhibit, The Pharmaceutical Garden, Healing and Medicinal Plants, on display in the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center atrium November 2 through November 30, 2012.

The exhibit, organized by Washington, D.C., painter Harriet Weiner, features the artwork of distinguished local botanical artists illustrating plants that have been traditionally used for their medicinal and healing properties.

Featured artists include Barbara Hanft, Suzanne Fierston, Margaret Mattison, Eileen Malone, Alfred Yergey, Karen Coleman, Jerry Kurtzweg, Jane Dowling, Harriet Weiner, Marsha Ogden, Diane Berndt, and Esther Carpi.

The exhibition also includes an interpretive display created by the students in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Master of Science program at Georgetown University School of Medicine in collaboration with the Tai Sophia Institute.

This event is sponsored by the Georgetown Lombardi Arts and Humanities Program. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artworks will support arts initiatives at the Georgetown Lombardi.

The Arts and Humanities Program promotes an optimum life experience for people with cancer, their families and medical caregivers, offering arts events, education, resources, environmental enhancements and research to encourage a creative and constructive response to illness. For more information, go to or contact Nancy Morgan, Arts and Humanities Program Director, at 202-444-7228 or

About Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future. Georgetown Lombardi is one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, and the only one in the Washington, DC, area. For more information, go to

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis — or “care of the whole person.” The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical Translation and Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. In fiscal year 2010-11, GUMC accounted for 85 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.