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Art & Science: Seeing Eye to Eye | Megan Foldenauer | TEDxYDL

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Published on May 24, 2017

. How does a person with an interest in the human eye combine both art and science? Megan Foldenauer became interested in the human eye as a child and has been drawing them ever since. Megan’s interest in art and science led to her career as a biomedical Illustrator and multimedia specialist in the University Of Michigan Department Of Neurosurgery, where both skills serve her well. In her spare time, Megan still draws eyes which have been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally, including at Art Prize in Grand Rapids.

I have drawn eyes for as long as I could put pencil to paper. After repeatedly illustrating my lab reports in anatomy class when I was 16, a teacher told me about medical illustration - I never looked back. After attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as an undergrad, I pursued my Masters in "Art as Applied to Medicine" from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2002. In 2007, I came to Eastern Michigan University to broaden my hard science training which would lead to a Bachelor of Science in 2009.then pursued a PhD in Anatomy at Wayne State School of Medicine, which I completed in late 2012. I am now a biomedical illustrator and multi-media specialist in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Medicine in Ann Arbor - a perfect amalgamation of my artistic and scientific background. That entire time I was practicing fine art as well. Lastly, I have taught anatomy and run workshops, and have served as President for my local roller derby league.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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